Chloe Grace Moretz

The young actress talks to Lynn Hirschberg about crying on camera, faking a British accent for the part in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, and superpowers.

Released on 9/23/2013

Transcript

00:03
The first movie, I think,
00:04
that made an impression on me was Breakfast at Tiffany's.
00:07
I was probably (heavy exhale) eight or nine,
00:11
and I saw it, and I'd already been acting since then
00:14
but I think that's really when I realized
00:15
what it meant to be an actor.
00:17
I was about (blows raspberry) five and a half
00:19
or six when I first booked.
00:21
I sort of like, I did, like,
00:23
a couple print jobs when I was a kid in New York,
00:25
and then when I moved to LA,
00:26
I got super blessed and just booked Amityville Horror,
00:30
which was, you know, at a young age
00:32
booking a big studio film like that is a big deal.
00:35
It's a huge feat at that age to be able to cry,
00:37
and so (laughs) I did about four or five auditions,
00:42
and I just had to cry every single time.
00:44
It was the same crying scene
00:45
to prove to everyone that I could cry,
00:47
and I wasn't turning myself crazy.
00:50
When I found out about Kick-Ass,
00:51
I was, (blows raspberry) I was,
00:53
I think, 10 when I found out about it,
00:55
and then, when I booked it, I was 11.
00:57
It was a month before Wanted had come out,
00:58
with Angelina Jolie,
01:00
and I was, obviously, obsessed with Angelina.
01:03
You know, I told my mom, I was like,
01:04
I want to do something really cool like Angelina,
01:06
but, like, not super kiddy.
01:08
You know, I don't want to be running around
01:09
with, like, little laser guns and stupid stuff.
01:10
And my mom was like, oh, that will never happen, you're 11.
01:12
Next thing you know, a couple months later,
01:14
a script comes through, and she's like,
01:16
Chloe, you're never gonna believe this.
01:17
They're actually making this movie called Kick-Ass,
01:20
and it literally is an Angelina type character
01:24
in an 11 year old girl.
01:26
Immediately, we weren't afraid of it,
01:27
because I know that's not real life,
01:29
and nothing's ever affected me like that.
01:31
I've never gone home, like, super depressed,
01:32
or, you know, doing anything crazy.
01:35
She was never afraid of letting me do the movies.
01:38
Basically, I got a call from my agency,
01:39
and they were like, look, Martin Scorsese is making a movie.
01:41
And, immediately, I was like,
01:43
oh my gosh, it's gonna be racy,
01:44
it's gonna be cool, it's gonna be really dark!
01:46
And then they're like, well, it's a movie called Hugo.
01:48
It's his first kids film.
01:50
And I was like, oh, okay.
01:51
It kinda caught me off guard.
01:53
We're only casting local Brits,
01:55
because we want a real accent,
01:56
we want the whole thing.
01:57
I was like, okay, well, you know,
01:59
I'll do a tape, and, you know, audition for it.
02:03
I wore a little wig,
02:04
and I did everything in a British accent.
02:07
I introduced myself as Chloe Grace Moretz in British accent.
02:09
He loved it, and he flew me and Asa Butterfield,
02:13
the kid who played Hugo,
02:14
to New York
02:17
to where his office is
02:19
to audition for him in front of him.
02:20
I flew out there, keeping up the act that I was British,
02:23
that I was a British local who moved to LA.
02:27
As I was leaving, I was like, okay, bye Marty,
02:30
because he was like, call me Marty,
02:31
and I was like, okay, bye Marty!
02:32
And he was like, wait, wait, where'd your accent go?
02:36
I was like, funny story!
02:41
I'm not British, I lied.
02:44
To be honest, I feel most comfortable
02:46
and most confident with myself
02:48
when I am in front of a camera and on screen.
02:51
I've learned to watch myself
02:52
by watching myself in third person,
02:54
so when I watch a movie of myself,
02:55
or I see pictures of myself,
02:56
like, I comment as third person,
02:58
not as, oh, I look good there.
03:00
I'll be, like, oh, I like that,
03:01
but that she could have done better.
03:03
If I talk about, for instance, Carrie,
03:05
I'll be like, oh, you know, Carrie da, da, da, da, da.
03:08
And I won't be, like, oh, when I played Carrie.
03:11
It's kind of the only way I can
03:13
watch it and judge myself very harshly.
03:16
It's pretty cliche, but I'd like to fly,
03:18
or I'd like to breathe underwater,
03:19
'cause invisible's kind of terrifying.
03:21
I don't want to see things that I don't wanna see.
03:23
I'd rather not be able to have the power
03:25
to walk into awkward situations and know too much.
03:28
I'm a big fan of just turning my head and not knowing.
03:31
(laughs)