In a rather long, wide-ranging interview with the A.V. Club, actress Chloë Sevigny called the latest season of HBO’s polygamist drama Big Love, which had its season finale on March 7, “awful” and referred to as a “telenovela.” “It was awful this season, as far as I’m concerned,” Sevigny said. “I’m not allowed to say that! It was very telenovela. I feel like it kind of got away from itself. The whole political campaign seemed to me very farfetched.”

After those statements, Sevigny backtracked a bit, saying, “I mean, I love the show, I love my character, I love the writing,” and blamed the messy season on the fact that there were only nine episodes, saying that the producers “had more story than episodes.” She added: “I think next season, they’re going to go back to more just the family.”

UPDATE: HBO has issued a response to EW: “We were surprised to read the comments and knowing Chloe we trust these were taken out of context. The fans thoroughly enjoyed this past season and, like them, we look forward to another exciting year from [co-creators] Will [V. Olsen], and Mark [Scheffer].”

UPDATE 2: Chloe Sevigny talks with Michael Ausiello to clarify her controversial remarks