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