Moretz shows staying power
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)