Monday 18 December 2017

Chloe's the right one for stardom

Kick-Ass made Chloe Moretz a hip cultural icon, And Let Me In, says Paul Byrne, Proves that the 13-year-old is also a great actress

SO MANY young actresses have been dubbed the new Jodie Foster down through the years, the title has lost much of its punch and meaning. There are a handful of young ladies gracing our screens today — Kristen Stewart, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Williams, to name three — who will be with us in decades to come, but, when it comes to arriving pretty much fully formed as a young actress, Chloe Moretz is hard to beat.

As anyone who has seen her show-stealing turn as the all-punching, all-kicking, all-killing Hit-Girl in the year's coolest comicbook adaptation, Kick-Ass, already knows. Blissfully, there's a second outing -- Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall -- in the works.

Right now, Moretz proves her acting chops in the surprisingly good remake of Swedish vampire classic Let The Right One In. Plotwise, a small-town, bullied 12-year-old boy (The Road's Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends new arrival Abby (Moretz), who, he slowly discovers, is a vampire. Their cautious friendship soon blossoms into something deeper.

Directed by Matt Reeves (who previously gave us Cloverfield), Let Me In has been hailed by Stephen King as "the best American horror film in the last 20 years". The book's Swedish author, John Ajvide Lindqvist, has given it the thumbs-up too, saying, "Let Me In is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful. Again."

"We're so happy that John likes the book," smiles Moretz, "and having someone like Stephen King love your film, well, that's pretty cool. It's not your average Hollywood vampire movie. Not by a long shot."

And Chloe Grace Moretz isn't your average Hollywood teen actress. Not by a long shot.

CHLOE MORETZ: Not really, because it was plain that the people involved were very, very concerned about doing justice to not only the film but also the original book. It's an unfortunate truth that a lot of people won't go and see a film with subtitles -- outrageous as that sounds -- so, you can see why a lot of these films are remade. The story's so good, it's like hearing You've Lost That Loving Feeling in Spanish, and realising that it's a song that would work just as well, if not better, for lots of people if you rerecorded it in English. If that makes sense.

CM: Yeah, that would certainly help you get into the mindset of a vampire [laughs]. I think you just put yourself in the position of being incredibly lonely, despite all the years, and all the madness. I saw this as a first-kiss kind of story at heart, about two outsiders finding each other, and finding some kind of path out of that loneliness and frustration.

CM: Yeah, there's definitely a lot going on at the moment, and it's hard to say no when you're presented with something like getting to work with Martin Scorsese. I'm not about to say yes to everything though; I want to make sure that the choices I make now will help me build a long career, you know. And that means picking the projects and the people that you really feel good about, that you believe might be something special. Because of Kick-Ass really, I've got the opportunity now to pick and choose, and that's an incredible position to be in.

CM: I think I always loved the idea of being an actor, but it's not like you can just assume that it's all going to work out. I have been lucky, getting stuff early on like The Amityville Horror, Desperate Housewives, Bolt, My Name Is Earl -- just all that experience helped me learn, and hopefully get better at this.

CM: It's not like you can ever be surprised at the simple fact that this is a business, and therefore studios will always look to making the most of their chances when it comes to attracting an audience. Every actor has to deal with rejection, with those moments where they were just pipped at the post for a role they really, really wanted. It's partly about casting the right person, but, when it comes to box-office, it can also be about casting the money.

CM: It's been amazing. We all had such a blast making that movie, and we all knew that we had made something that was going to blow people's socks off, so, to have it become a favourite for so many people, that's great. We're all pretty psyched about returning to our roles and taking the story further.

CM: I had a ball, but not nearly enough time to see the place properly. My mom and I made a pact that we'd get back as soon as we can. I'm beginning to think the only way we'll truly get some time there is if I end up shooting a movie there. So, you know, if you know of anything that I might be suitable for.

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