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.