Carrie Star Chloe Moretz Plays Messed-Up Characters Because Her Family Life Is So Supportive

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File that title under Things You Never Thought You’d Hear A Starlet Say, right? This weekend I went to New York Comic-Con and had the pleasure of seeing the cast and crew of the highly anticipated horror remake Carrie. (I say “highly anticipated” because I had to get to the theater at 1:30 for the 3:45 event. But I got to see several other exciting panels while waiting, so it was a win-win.)

I can confirm that Chloe Moretz is as pretty, giggly, and smart in-person as you imagined. Although Julianne Moore plays her overbearing mother in the movie—who verbally abuses her daughter and stabs her at one point—the two were constantly whispering and laughing together between questions. Joining them were director Kimberly Peirce and producer Kevin Misher, who discussed the pressures of adapting Stephen King’s famous novel—which is already an iconic movie—and if they felt obligated to reimagine it within the bullying stories that have shaped our current high school landscape.

One of the fans asked if Chloe intentionally chooses these dark roles, because there does seem to be a trend of her playing a vampire, an angry masked hero, and soon a zombie. But Chloe said it’s nowhere near as calculated as that. “I’m a happy girl,” she insisted. “I have a really good family; my mom loves me, I have a really supportive family. I like playing characters that aren’t me and that actually challenge me, because it’s not as fun to just play yourself, you already do. A lot of my movies do fall into the darker genre, because it’s things that I’m more gravitated to that I like doing more, that challenge me and make me happy. I don’t exactly look for a genre to go after.” So ironically, it’s playing characters that are this fucked-up that make her even happier.” (We’re glad to see that we were right about her mom not being a momager!)

The way she speaks, you forget that Chloe is only 15! “It’s interesting,” she mused. “I was talking to Kim around the end of the movie and we were talking about the transformation that’s happened from the moment I auditioned for the role. There’s a moment during filming… During the audition process, she was like, ‘Let’s see if you can play older.’ In the middle of the movie, Kim looked at me and went, ‘I need you to be younger.’”

As the audience laughed, Chloe imitated her own shock and frustration: “‘The whole problem is that I wasn’t old enough, what do you mean?’ I went from the actress who had never been given the chance to fully go there, then I worked with people like Kim and Julianne. Nothing can prepare you for that.”

One of the best questions from the audience was how much Peirce was influenced by the inspiring and devastating stories of bullying today. Moore explained that they “didn’t set out to make a polemic,” but Peirce did acknowledge how this movie is set in a new atmosphere: “Like I said, I’m very character- and story-driven. So I fell in love with Carrie—who she was, what she was going through, all these relationships—and really wanted to bring that to life. The idea of bullying… Certainly there is a wider awareness of bullying than there was in the time when [Brian] De Palma made his movie and when Stephen King wrote his book.

“I certainly think in some of the scenes there’s an awareness by the teachers and the school that these phenomena happen and they need to do something about it,” Peirce added. “I can’t give away any plot details, but we have a whole fun, dangerous throughline of what one of the girls does with social media. That’s just a representation of the modern world, what people are going through. What’s been happening in our culture only makes the story more relevant.”

Carrie comes out March 15, 2013. In the meantime, check out the whole panel:

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    • Jenni

      I’m constantly jealous of how un-awkward she is at that age. How is it possible?

      • nataliecrush

        I could not believe it! Even when she would dissolve into giggles at a question, she held herself really well and was pretty damn eloquent.

      • Ripley4

        She’s been like that for years; very smart, very worldly. She has an old school, high class to her; she’s a big fan of people like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. And her work ethic is unbelievable as even Kimberly Pierce pointed out in a recent interview.

      • Jack

        That was an ignorant comment. Look up to my other comment to see why she’s like that….

      • Ripley4

        No, THAT was an ignorant comment.

        I never opined on why she is the way she is. Please read more carefully before hitting reply.

      • abbeysbooks

        I guess you have never known graceful children. google Emmi Pikler and watch 3 years old with incredible grace.

      • Jenni

        I’ve seen very few graceful 15-year-olds. Three-year-olds are a whole different story.

      • abbeysbooks

        Don’t know where you are looking then. And 3 year olds are rarely graceful which is why I used them as an example. People say in Hungary that you can always tell an adult that has been with Pikler. they are graceful naturally. To watch 3 year olds playing on playground equipment as if they are gymnasts (untrained of course) is a sight to behold.

      • Jenni

        I’m talking about how awesome 15-year-old Chloe Moretz is compared to most 15-year-olds who are in the middle of puberty, what are YOU talking about?

      • abbeysbooks

        Well I’ve known some pretty awesome 7 and 8 year olds who were beyond awesome at puberty. And I think Chloe is awesome too. She happens to be in the public eye to be observed that way, but she is by no means absolutely unique. And she stands for what could be the norm if our system weren’t so fucked up.

        BTW you need to take about 1000 bows. If it weren’t for you Rob and Kristen would not be out in public together, PR or no PR. You single-handedly have allowed Rob to SAVE FACE which is an enormously important thing to havre done for him. Not shabby. Congratulations.

      • Jack

        You sound like a pedophile, you know that?

      • abbeysbooks

        Is that what you think pedophiles sound llke?

      • Sarah

        When I was that age, I still had my awkward glasses and couldn’t talk in a group consisting of more than 2 people without saying ‘like’ or ‘um’ every 3 words…meanwhile, Chloe is out there on the red carpet wearing Chanel.

      • Jack

        That’s easy…she has been treated like a little queen since birth, all throughout her childhood and teens she’s been told how wonderful she is, people prop her up and put her in movies (since she was small) and then tell her how great she was in the movie…she has not had a normal childhood or had to deal with the normal problems most kids have to deal with, the self esteem destroying crap most of us had to experience. She doesn’t even go to school, she’s home schooled. And on top of it all, she’s beautiful. THAT’S how…………not hard to figure out

      • MCR

        I didn’t know she was home schooled, but that may have something to do with it. I’ve known some teenagers who have never attended school, and they seem to have an unusual level of calm, maturity and self confidence for their age. I think the high school atmosphere may be more toxic, especially for girls, than we realize, even without overt bullying.

      • Ripley4

        Hard for you apparently. As if you have any knowledge of how she’s been treated “since birth.” What a stupid statement.