You’ve been a professional for such a long time. Do you feel like you’ve had to grow up faster than most?
I’ve just become really comfortable with talking to adults since I was a little girl, and even when I’m with my friends, I’m really comfortable talking to their parents, more than they are sometimes. I think it’s because I grew up with four older brothers, and I was always talking to people older than me. And in some ways my career has definitely helped me with that.
Annika, your character in Laggies, is pursuing the idea of a love interest in its very early stages. That relationship is primarily platonic, but you’ve done roles that are more mature in that respect, and you’ve done a sex scene.
Yeah, I have. There’s one in If I Stay. It was definitely strange. In growing up and becoming a woman in film, I’m definitely happy to deal with more adult circumstances in movies. It’s obviously strange because my mom and my family are on-set, and I always have them around because I’m like, ‘Can you just tell me what’s going on and protect me in case it looks…not good, and just tell me what’s right.’ It’s done in such a fake environment that it never feels weird or inappropriate. It’s always going to be awkward because you have crew members staring at you wearing underwear with some guy.
How did your mom feel about it?
Because I’m 17, my mom has to be there on set watching everything that happens to make sure that it’s appropriate and legal. But my mom really trusts me. The biggest part is trusting that the director’s not doing anything that’s inappropriate or wrong and shady or creepy, so it’s just really trying to keep the entire set kosher and remind everyone of the age range.
It seems like you’re really close with your family.
Yeah! Super close. Everyone in my family is a very big deal in my life, and we’re all always really close to each other, which is kind of how we’ve always been.
Going back to your Laggies character, you’re dating this guy who everyone seems to think is a little bit dim. Was that hard?
The one thing you can’t do is get out of your character, so if Annika wants to like the guy, that’s the way it is. You can never judge your own character because then you’ll never be able to play it. There have been a few times where I’ve been like, ‘Ah! That differs so much from my own personal moral,’ but that’s your job. It’s nice because you get to see different sides of yourself.
In your own life, is it hard to date now that you have to take paparazzi and fans into consideration?
With people watching it definitely makes it a little bit more strange and less personal. But you can make any moment personal that you want to make personal, and that’s why I stay at home a lot and keep everything inside the confines of my home. People do want to find stuff out—and I’d rather they don’t. I like to have a molecule of privacy in my life.
Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Chloe Grace Moretz’s coming-of-age thriller “November Criminals.”
Sacha Gervasi is directing from Steven Knight’s script, based on Sam Munson’s novel. Beth O’Neil will produce alongside Lotus, which is handling international sales starting at the AFM.
CAA and WME are co-repping the domestic sale.
“November Criminals” follows two teenagers into the underbelly of Washington, D.C., as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars.
Knight and Gervasi are both represented by CAA. Moretz is repped by WME and Catherine Keener by The Gersh Agency.
Teens today might have a mixed reputation, but there’s no denying their influence. They command millions of fans on Twitter and Vine, start companies with funds they raised on Kickstarter, steal scenes on TV’s most popular shows, lead protests with global ramifications, and even—as of Friday—win Nobel Peace Prizes. But which ones rise above the rest? We analyzed social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more to determine this year’s list (ordered from youngest to oldest).
Chloë Grace Moretz, 17
The Atlanta native has already built an impressive resume with roles in films like (500) Days of Summer, Kick-Ass, Hugo and Carrie, and this year was no exception. She was the lead in this summer’s If I Stay, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, which netted $47.6 million at the box office (despite a considerably low budget) and also starred opposite Denzel Washington in hit thriller The Equalizer. Next up: roles in Dark Places, the film adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s gripping crime novel, and the sci-fi thriller The Fifth Wave. —S.G.
For Chloe Moretz, the best part was meeting Hillary
NEW YORK – It’s August, but Chloe Grace Moretz arrives for lunch at the Trump SoHo Hotel shivering and tightly wrapped in a baggy black sweater over a pleated white skirt and top.
“It’s cold!,” says the pretty blond star of If I Stay, which opens Friday.
Perhaps, but things are decidedly hot these days for the 17-year-old actress and fashionista, who has just wrapped a string of movies and is about to film The Fifth Wave, the latest dystopian teen novel to make it to the big screen. (“I’m super hyped about it,” she says of starring as heroine Cassie Sullivan.)
But first she’s talking up If I Stay, based on the young-adult novel by Gayle Forman, No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list for the third straight week.
Forman, who lives in nearby Brooklyn, shares the sushi and marvels at the living embodiment of her narrator, Mia Hall. In the movie, which is quite faithful to the book, Mia is in a coma after a devastating car crash. Flashbacks tell the story of her happy family life (at first she doesn’t know whether her parents and little brother have survived the accident) and romance with a young rocker, Adam (Jamie Blackley).
Moretz says she read the If I Stay script and was intrigued, but really fell in love when she read the book. She emailed Forman and the two struck up an online friendship long before they met last year. The two recently bonded on a multi-city tour, where they signed books and posters and screened the movie for fans.
For Forman, who visited the set in Vancouver, Moretz was a dream choice as Mia.
“I thought ‘who else can handle this role,’ because really it is two separate roles,” says Forman, 44, mother of two young girls. “There’s the vulnerability and the falling in love and then the Mia of the accident, who’s in this ghost-like state but who also has such emotionally wrenching scenes.”
Moretz, who kicked some you-know-what in Kick-Ass and its sequel, says tapping into her softer side was a challenge. “I think because I’m a young actress I have issues showing emotional vulnerability, being 17. I am OK with being fierce and cool and hard, I am killing people, whatever, but when I have to show love and happiness and elation, it’s scary. You’re opening up a side of yourself that no one sees.”
With roles in more than 20 moveis, Moretz has already left the starlet phase of her career behind, but the 17-year-old effortlessly assumed the role of 1940s ingenue for her first Allure cover. Carter Smith shot the actress in a studio at New York City’s Chelsea Piers.
Family Affair: A barefaced Moretz, wearing a football jersey style top, jeans, and leather sneakers, brought her brother (and comanager and acting coach) Trevor with her. She went straight to the makeup chair, where Hung Vanngo put a hydrating mask on her face while Allure creative director Paul Cavaco discussed the day’s look –big waves, red lips, and glamorous gowns. Music by Etta James, Marvin Gaye, and the Roots played as Moretz got ready. Two hours later, she slipped on a black Rochas gown and headed to the set.
So Fancy: Between poses, Moretz rapped along to Iggy Azalea (she knew every word). At lunchtime, her mother arrived and everyone headed to the catering table, Moretz chose a lobster roll and asparagus and taught Allure bookings director (and Kick-Ass superfan) Ro Penuliar how to flip a balisong knife (there was no cause for alarm–it didn’t have a real blade). When Moretz stepped into a white, bias-cut Versace gown, it was all business in front of the camera. As she packed to leave, she decided to keep the wavy hair–and headed out with her family. __Alexandra Tunell.
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Meet Our September Cover Star, Chloë Grace Moretz!
Fall belongs to CHLOË GRACE MORETZ. Already a force in fashion, this new-old soul—the perfect muse for the season’s retro-futurist looks—has five upcoming films, and a multitude of red carpets to conquer. The wise-beyond-her-years 17-year-old starlet hits pause to hang out with BRIONY SMITH
The role of Teri, a street-worn sex worker and the female lead in The Equalizer, a $50-million action picture starring Denzel Washington, was supposed to go to someone in her 20s. But Chloë Grace Moretz wanted Teri. So she hustled for an audition with director Antoine Fuqua. A second audition followed. Moretz started calling Fuqua. Texting him. Emailing him. They spoke on the phone all the time. There was a third audition. A fourth. She kept calling. Texting. Emailing. One day, Moretz saw Fuqua’s name pop up on her cell. “He was like, ‘You’re the one,’” Moretz says. “I freaked out. I was freaking out.” She was 16.
The Equalizer is Moretz’s 28th movie. While her contemporaries—the sisters Fanning, Saoirse Ronan, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld—have doggedly stuck to drama (with the occasional romance or actioner thrown in), Moretz shows astonishing range. She’s spent the last decade working her way through the genres, from tongue-in-cheek action (Kick-Ass and its sequel) and moody horror-drama (Let Me In) to smart TV comedy (30 Rock) and marquee fantasy (Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation). A work ethic nonpareil means she has five films coming out soon. In addition to The Equalizer (Sept. 26), she plays a shy cello prodigy in YA romance If I Stay (Aug. 22); a cynical teen palling around with Keira Knightley in Laggies (Sept. 26); the young Diondra in an adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places; and a spoiled starlet in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria.