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.”