Chloë Sevigny's directorial debut Kitty is about a little girl who dreams of becoming a kitten

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May 17, 2016 09:00 PM

Chloë Sevigny is taking a seat in the director’s chair.

The actress’s first project as a writer-director, a short film titled Kitty, debuted out of competition on the closing night of the Cannes Film Festival. She stumbled upon the short story, about a little girl who dreams of becoming a kitten, in her early 20s and was quick to realize how close she resembled the story’s hero.

“There’s just a lot that I identified with in this little girl, you know? She’s looking at herself in the mirror and hoping to be or wishing to be something that she isn’t. I think she’s just kind of coming into her ego and recognizing herself for the first time and what she looks like,” the actress, 41, tells PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly at Cannes.

“And, of course, her name is Kitty and she kind of has these dreams of being a cat and she kind of weighs whether or not she would rather be a little girl or a cat and what’s more fun, and then she manifests it,” the actress adds.

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Sevigny also discussed working with young actress Edie Yvonne, who made her film debut as the child turned kitten. “What I liked about Edie is that she had never been on camera before,” she says. “She had an innate kind of shyness, but also she was very wise.

“She loved me and she kept wanting to do more and I would always talk to her through the takes – not always, but most takes – and she was very protective of herself, which I really respect as an actress. Like when I’d ask her to do something that was too silly she wouldn’t do it, so she already had a real sense of self and what she did want to do and what she didn’t want to do,” Sevigny continues. “She was amazing. She is a great talent.”

While Sevigny has been busy with a number of hit television shows and indie movies, she’s hoping for a major feature film in the near future.

“I’ve been acting for over 20 years now and I love being on set and I love the collaborative process, and it’s something in me that I have to get out and I’ve been waiting all these years to find the right thing to do and hopefully I’ll start a feature soon and hopefully it’ll be good – I don’t know!”

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