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.
Woo Hoo! We heard she was in the running and its very exciting for us (We enjoyed the book)to hear Chloe will play the lead role of Cassie in “The 5th Wave.” More about the book and her casting in the MTV article below.
First came Jennifer. Then, Shailene. And now, it looks like Chloë Grace Moretz is about to become Hollywood’s next Literary It Girl — yet another actress-turned-superstar, thanks to a big-screen blockbuster based on a bestselling YA novel.
The news, via The Wrap, is that Moretz is set to star in the film adaptation of “The 5th Wave,” based on the alien-invasion thriller by Rick Yancey.
“The 5th Wave” is a new iteration of the dystopian trend that made “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” such successes, only without the far-future setting. This time, the end of the world as we know it is happening in the world as we know it. It begins with the appearance of an alien spacecraft orbiting the earth. And then, the waves: first, an electromagnetic pulse that wipes out the power grid, crashes airplanes and throws everything into chaos. Second, a tsunami that destroys the world’s coastlines and drowns everyone who lives there. Third, an avian virus that kills 99 percent of the surviving members of the human race.
Moretz will play Cassie, the story’s teenage heroine, who wanders through the wasteland of post-invasion Ohio in hopes of finding her brother — and who fully intends to kill anyone who gets in her way.
Moretz is no stranger to films based on books. After playing the title role in last year’s reboot of Stephen King’s “Carrie,” she’ll be starring this summer in the highly anticipated (and profoundly tear-jerking) adaptation of “If I Stay,” another beloved novel, by author Gayle Forman.
And while the actress didn’t previously have a whole lot of love for the YA label — she recently told Entertainment Weekly that she sees young adult fiction as unserious and lacking in depth, inspiring an outcry on Twitter from fans who vehemently disagreed — her decision to take on yet another project from the teen literary oeuvre suggests that she might have had a change of heart.
As someone who first came on the scene playing an ultra-violent teen assassin in “Kick Ass,” the role of Cassie is the perfect way to keep up the bookish trend while simultaneously returning to her tough-girl roots.
Be sure to read the book if you haven’t yet!
While audiences are taking their seats for “The Library,” a new play at the Public Theater written by Scott Z. Burns and directed by Steven Soderbergh, its lead actress, Chloë Grace Moretz, is already onstage.
Playing a high school shooting victim who awakes in a hospital to confront conflicting remembrances of the event, the 17-year-old Ms. Moretz spends these 10 to 15 minutes before each show lying silently on a table, trying to stay in character and tune out the frantic theatergoers she can hear in the house.
“It’s kind of awkward,” Ms. Moretz said a few days ago, adding a sarcastic roll of her eyes. “You hear: ‘Oh, we didn’t get reservations tonight.’ ‘Dinner was $400.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, dude, shut up.’ ”
This is about as much as teenage petulance as one can extract from Ms. Moretz, a preternaturally poised actress with a résumé of film credits — the superhero satire “Kick-Ass,” the period fantasy “Hugo,” a blood-soaked remake of “Carrie” — and a mature demeanor to rival performers twice her age.
In an entertainment industry populated by wild Mileys, run-amok Justins and forsaken Lindsays, where the arrival of one’s 18th birthday means it’s time to lose your inhibitions, your clothes or your relevance, Ms. Moretz may be able to break this dispiritingly familiar pattern.
Her collaborators on “The Library” say she is already astonishingly equipped to handle grown-up realities and ready to be trusted with significant artistic responsibilities.
“She’s so centered and levelheaded, and clear in what needs to be done,” said Mr. Soderbergh, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning director of “Traffic” and “Behind the Candelabra.”
“I’ve seen no indication that she places herself at the center of the process of working on the play,” he added. “She’s there to tell the story.”
As Ms. Moretz, who is making her stage debut in “The Library,” put it: “I’m very confident of myself. But coming into this, I was the most unconfident I’ve ever been, which made me excited.”
On an April afternoon, she was sitting in the Public’s upstairs restaurant (also called the Library), with her mother, Teri, and a publicist positioned a few tables away, while she compared herself to other people her age.
“Seventeen-year-olds deal with, like, emotional problems,” Ms. Moretz said. “They’re flighty, and they’re confused. Everything’s a process with them.”
“I’m not saying I’m not like that,” she continued. “I’m very much like that. I’m moody, and stuff happens, and Mom can definitely tell you that’s very true.” (From her seat, Teri Moretz nodded knowingly.)
What makes her different, Ms. Moretz said, is that she can distinguish “between my life and my job, and I never mix the two.”