Moretz shows stay­ing power

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - NEALA JOHN­SON

YOU know when you meet some­one and they are al­ready the per­son they’re meant to be? That’s a line de­liv­ered by Chloe Grace Moretz about the boy she’s fall­ing for in her new fi lm If I Stay but it also rings true of Moretz her­self.

The US teenager has been act­ing pro­fes­sion­ally since she was seven and has been fi rmly in the pub­lic eye since she was 12, stak­ing her place in movies such as 500 Days of Sum­mer, Kick- Ass, Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid and Let Me In.

“I have confi dence when I try to have confi dence, you know what I mean? But ob­vi­ously I’m a typ­i­cal 17- year- old girl, my confi dence wa­vers a lit­tle bit,” Moretz said.

“I try my best to be the confi dent young woman I want to be, but it’s hard some­times.”

Of course, typ­i­cal girls don’t go through their teenage years in pub­lic.

“You want to feel dif­fer­ent some­times, but then other times you’re like, ‘ Yeah, to­tally not spe­cial’,” she said.

If I Stay is based on Gayle For­man’s tear­jerk­ing 2009 book, which might be con­sid­ered a young- adult novel for the chil­dren of the grunge gen­er­a­tion.

Moretz’s character Mia is the daugh­ter of punk- rock­ers turned su­per­cool par­ents who don’t un­der­stand their child’s pas­sion for play­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic on the cello, but they change their life to fur­ther her dreams.

Then there’s the rock­ing, leather- clad, cool boy in school Adam ( played by Bri­tish ac­tor Jamie Black­ley), who’s on the verge of break­ing out with his band. Adam clocks Mia’s pas­sion for her in­stru­ment and sparks a ro­mance.

But when Mia’s fam­ily is in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent – and Mia is left in a coma – she has an out- of- body ex­pe­ri­ence and roams the hos­pi­tal cor­ri­dors try­ing to de­cide if she should live or die.

Moretz reck­ons there’s more to If I Stay than that “young adult” term sug­gests: “It deals with emo­tions and is­sues much big­ger than any cliche han­dle.”

On last year’s re­make of hor­ror clas­sic Car­rie, Moretz spoke of sink­ing deeply into character – and she may have gone even fur­ther for If I Stay.

“I pushed the bound­aries on how much I can do emotionally and how much I want to do,” she said.

“There were times where I had to walk off set, go­ing, ‘ I can’t do this any more. I can’t con­stantly have peo­ple dy­ing around me. It’s too hard’.

“I don’t think I re­alised how heavy any of it would be un­til I was ac­tu­ally there in the mo­ment. You have to re­ally feel those things. It’s so heavy.”

Moretz will soon start shoot­ing sci- fi in­va­sion tale The 5th Wave and she’ll be in cin­e­mas again on Septem­ber 25, get­ting saved by Den­zel Wash­ing­ton in ac­tion- thriller The Equal­izer.

In ad­di­tion to all that, Moretz is in her fi nal months of high school, after which she has plans to study fi lm edit­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy.

“I re­ally want to get into mak­ing fi lms and be­come my own di­rec­tor, writer and pro­ducer,” she said.

IF I STAY

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cin­e­mas ( East­lands and Glenorchy)

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