Tim Stack
March 07, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)
Sevigny’s first TV role was in the HBO film, as one half of a lesbian couple opposite Michelle Williams. Says Sevigny: “Ellen [DeGeneres] was one of the producers, and we met at the first table read, and she was like, ‘I don’t think she can play butch.’ I was like, ‘Just you wait and see!'”

Big Love (2006-11)
The actress’ devoutly Mormon Nicki shared husband Bill (Bill Paxton) with sister wives Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) on the HBO drama. “For sure one of my favorites, and I miss playing her. I feel like she was so misunderstood. It was a good barometer when you met people if they were like, ‘I hate Nicki. She was such a bitch!’ I’m like, ‘You obviously are really shallow because you don’t understand what she was going through.'”

Louie (2012)
Jeanie, a bookstore clerk who tried to help Louie (Louis C.K.) find his crush, was one of Sevigny’s loopier roles. In her final scene, Jeanie masturbated in front of Louie in a coffee shop. “I still haven’t seen it. I’m terrified. Luckily, it was just us and the barista.”

Hit & Miss (2012)
This British series cast Sevigny as a transgender assassin and required she wear a prosthetic penis during nude scenes. “You have to shave, and then they glue [it on]. It’s really invasive. I sound like a crybaby, but I would cry every day that I had to do that.”

American Horror Story: Asylum (2012)
The penultimate episode of her arc found Sevigny’s Shelley missing her legs, covered in boils, and left for dead in a school playground. “Those poor children. They were wheeling me around with a sheet over me, so I had to talk through a sheet. Someone had an iPad, and we were pulling up pictures, like, ‘This is what I look like really.'”

The Mindy Project (2013)
The actress, who played the ex-wife of Danny (Chris Messina), was a bit discombobulated by the Fox series’ improv-friendly set. “They were just riffing, and I couldn’t keep up. I would just be, like, mute because I was terrified of the environment. For some reason, I was just so intimidated by the situation.”

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