Chloe Sevigny will soon make her debut as an Irish assassin who's in transition from male to female in the six-part British series "Hit & Miss" (premieres on Wednesday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET on DirecTV's Audience Network).
Although Sevigny is used to difficult roles -- she played a sister-wife on HBO's "Big Love" and will take on the role of a nymphomaniac in Season 2 of "American Horror Story -- she told TV Guide that her role in "Hit & Miss" was emotionally taxing.
"Putting [the prosthetic penis on] took two hours," she said. "I shaved myself and they had to glue it on, paint it and pull away the skin to make it seamless. It's a tedious process, and it's hard having someone so close to your private parts for an extended period of time who you're not having sex with."
Uncomfortable as it was, Sevigny said it helped her understand her character more. "Having it on and looking at yourself is oddly disturbing. I felt like a freak," she continued. "A lot of transgender people feel like this shouldn't be part of their body, and so I guess it was a good thing. I reacted the way my character would."
While stepping into the role of someone who is transgender was a huge part of her character, Sevigny stressed other elements of it as well.
"It's more about her and this family that she kind of falls into, these children she kind of inherits and how she learns to cope with being in a parental role," she told HuffPost via phone in April.
"Hit & Miss" premieres Wednesday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET on DirecTV's Audience Network