- You teach, act, write your own material, and generally work all the time. How do you do it all? Where do you get your drive and energy?
- Droege: I'm really happy when I'm busy. I love packing my days full of classes, writing, high kicks, magic, parades, high teas, and vespers.
- You're known for your spot-on-hilarious embodiment of Chloe Sevigny. Why Chloe?
- Droege: I've been doing this character for a long time -- almost 12 years. I looked in the mirror one day and realized that I looked like her, and then I read an interview in which she casually rattled off names like Tara Subkoff, Batcave, and Balenciaga Le Dix by Nicolas Ghesquiere. It was delicious and fascinating to me. I created a voice, not based on the actual voice of Chloe Sevigny, but something that sounded more affected and bored and vaguely continental. And now, I sometimes find myself talking in that voice, which is terrifying.
- You've shared Chloe's New Year's resolutions in the past. What do you think her 2014 resolutions would be?
- Droege: Reject the clutch. Speed dial Diane English. Embrace spice.
- And yours?
- Droege: Exactly the same things.
- Between the Chloe series and your Starz web show, 'Hollywood Acting Studio,' you're kind of an online phenom. Any advice for people who want to get their own internet craze going?
- Droege: I'm so grateful for the Chloe and 'Hollywood Acting Studio' (which was my favorite project last year) attention, but I have no idea how things take off and become viral. I think the most important thing is to just do what you believe in. The beauty of the internet is that no one can keep you from putting your purest, truest self in front of millions of people, so do that. Don't make something just because you think it's going to get a lot of hits - just make something that you love. And don't overthink it. Put it up. And keep it short.
- You've cited Melissa McCarthy as an inspiration. What is it about her?
- Droege: Yes! I saw her in the film 'Go' -- she had maybe three lines -- and I said, "That's what I want to do." When I moved to L.A., I went to a show at the Groundlings, and she was on the wall, so that's where I studied. Melissa is fearless and committed to everything she does. Her characters don't even have to say anything -- she comes onstage/onscreen, and you just want to watch her forever.
- Finish this sentence: If you knew then what you know now...
- Droege: I would have relaxed and trusted myself more. I would remember to play. And I would've created Twitter.
- And finally, if you could have a drink with anybody in the world, who would it be and why?
- Droege: Easy. John Waters. I don't know what I would say to him, but I just want to listen to his perfectly brilliant opinions about the world, and the way things should be.
Interview With Drew Droege, Actor, Comedian, Chloe Sevigny:
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Drew Droege is an alum of The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Bridgade, and has graced more TV shows, movies, plays and publications than we can fit. Read more about Drew on his website and follow him on Twitter @drewdroege.
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