TIFF Dialogue: Chloe Moretz on the Controversial 'Hick' and Upcoming 'Hugo,' 'Dark Shadows' and 'Kick-Ass 2'

TIFF Dialogue: Chloe Moretz on the Controversial 'Hick' and Upcoming 'Hugo,' 'Dark Shadows' and 'Kick-Ass 2'

Sep 14, 2011

Chloe Moretz had one of the more difficult films of the Toronto International Film Festival.  From author/screenwriter Andrea Portes’ autobiographical story and writer/director Derick Martini, Hick casts Moretz as Luli, who escapes her alcoholic parents but meets even more dangerous people on the road: sexual predators and drug addicts. Many people walked out of the press and industry screening on Sunday morning.

It doesn’t phase Moretz. The fan favorite from (500) Days of Summer, Kick-Ass and Let Me In ran from room to room at the Toronto Intercontinental like the most popular girl in school. In our session, we had a chance to talk about her about watching herself grow up and her upcoming films Hugo, Dark Shadows and, we hope, Kick-Ass 2.

Movies.com: First of all, thank you for helping me through my 500 days of Diane.

Chloe Moretz: Oh, dude, I love when people say this. It makes me so happy. I was in New York at Rue 57. It’s the best restaurant. Anyway, I was there and this guy was like, “I just want to tell you thank you for helping me through my relationship with my girlfriend through (500) Days of Summer.” It’s always so nice to hear something like that because oh my God, I genuinely affected people. Well, not me. Probably Joseph more than me.

Movies.com: I’ve thanked him too, and Zooey Deschanel and Marc Webb. And this is two years later I’m remembering how it helped me.

CM: Yeah, it’s big.

Movies.com: Will Hick be hard for your fans to take?

CM: [Sweetlly] Not if they’re loyal. No, I mean, it’s an interesting movie. I think it really appeals to a lot of people. I don’t know. If they like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. I’m proud of it and I love what I did. If they don’t like it then they don’t like it.

Movies.com: How will you look back on this series of movies you’ve gotten to do between the ages of 10-13?

CM: It’s crazy. I’ve gone in so many different directions. I’ve done so many different things in my career so far. I’m proud of everything I’ve ever done. This is one I’m probably most proud of in my career because I worked so hard in this role and I’m proud of what I did. Whether people like it or not, it’s up to them.

Movies.com: There are many scenes where Luli looks at herself in front of the mirror, so I was wondering how you’d look at yourself on film. Are you excited to see what you’re going to look like when you’re 20 and 30 in a movie?

CM: Yeah, it’s definitely weird because instead of having home videos at home, I have movies of my lifespan growing up. So I think it’ll definitely be weird for me to be 20 and 30 and hopefully still be doing movies and be like “Oh my God.” Seeing myself on screen freaks me out. I have to think about myself in a third person type way, so I’d be like “When Luli did this” or “When the character, when she did that” because if I think about me doing it, I can’t judge myself. I get so caught up in it being me, it’s like ew, stop it. Get off the screen, Chloe.

Movies.com: How difficult were the intense scenes in the motel room at the end of the film to do and how did you get through it?

CM: It was interesting because it was hard. It was really, really, really hard. It is acting but of course you had to go into emotions that aren’t normal, which I love. I love being able to do stuff like that. I love being able to be a different person like that. So it was really hard and it was dark. It was dark at times but the minute they say “cut” it’s back to Chloe and you’ve got to go and listen to Britney Spears and watch Disney movies and you’ve got to get back in your mindset of the 14-year-old girl. So it was hard but I’d do it again in a heartbeat because it was the best experience of my life.

Movies.com: Why do you think filmmakers cast you as these wise-beyond-their-years girls?

CM: Because a lot of characters I choose are going through situations in life that the age I’m playing them at don’t usually go through. I don’t know, I’m an intelligent young girl. I like being smart and well spoken, I hope.

Movies.com: What kind of character do you get to play in Hugo?

CM: I get to play a very fun character actually. I get to play a young 12-13-year-old French, Parisian little Audrey Hepburn girl which was a lot of fun because it was a lot more innocent, a LOT more innocent than Hick. A lot more innocent than Luli so to go from that character to that character was a lot of fun.

Movies.com: Well, Luli has her favorite movie lines she quotes, but Hugo is all about movies, right?

CM: Exactly, practically.

Movies.com: What did you learn about film from making Hugo with Scorsese and Sir Ben?

CM: I learned a lot actually. I mean, from Scorsese and Sir Ben, mainly learning so much from all of them. I learned so much about Georges Melies. I didn’t know he was one of the first filmmakers ever. I learned so much about how they literally went through frame by frame, it was black and white but they went through frame by frame and they would paint color blots on the [film] so it was special.

Movies.com: Would you have liked to act in front of those old cameras?

CM: Yeah. That would be really cool. I definitely love that you can now portray a lot more onto the screen because it’s a lot clearer, but I respect it because you have to. Without it we wouldn’t be here right now. It wouldn’t be so big.

Movies.com: With Dark Shadows, what is your take on Carolyn Stoddard?

CM: Oh, Carolyn, that’s a fun character. That’s a really fun character. She is crazy. She is this teenager, like 15-year-old hippie who is into The Carpenters and Alice Cooper. She’s super music-y and raw, like free love, you know. She’s fun. I can’t say much because he has a really dark secret I can’t tell you.

Movies.com: Something that people obsessed with the old soap opera would know or a new secret?

CM: No, it’s new. It’s new to everything so go see it. May of next year, Dark Shadows!

Movies.com: Is it totally serious or with a wink?

CM: Oh no, no. It’s Tim Burton so it’s like Beetlejuice. I have to say it’s a mixture of Beetlejuice, a teeny bit of Sweeney and the scariness of Sweeney but the fun of Sleepy Hollow with the scariness of Sleepy Hollow. I’d definitely say it’s a lot like Sleepy Hollow because you go from the Ichabod Crane character to the Headless Horseman who’s comedic and yet terrifying. It straddles that fine line of camp and drama so it’s like a drama horromedy thriller.

Movies.com: Did you have hours and hours of old soap opera research?

CM: I did a lot of musical research, so I listened to a lot of music from the era. My character is so different from the soap opera.

Movies.com: But there are hundreds of hours you could have watched if you’d chosen to.

CM: Hundreds. I think they went on for 20 seasons or something. It’s crazy.

Movies.com: Then you’ve got Back Roads, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and Dance of the Mirlitons.

CM: Back Roads, really? Cool.

Movies.com: Well, even if it’s just the other two, what kind of characters do you get to play?

CM: It’s a lot of different characters. Again, it’s a very eclectic kind of group of things that I’ve signed onto. They’re all really fun characters. Some are darker, some are lighter. It’s like my career already. It’s eclectic so each one’s different and each one’s a different person. They’re all different from myself.

Movies.com: Are they going to be able to do Kick-Ass 2 in time for you to be Hit Girl again?

CM: Actually, yeah, but I think I’m going to be a little bit older. I’d like to do it in the next year or two because I think that’s a really good time age-wise. You can show Hit Girl in a different light which would be a lot of fun.

Movies.com: Would you like to revisit her at different ages?

CM: I think it would be fun to show her, because you know her as this 11-year-old assassin, so I think it would be fun to show her as this twisted young adult, this 16-17-year-old Catwoman-y almost, twisted and dark person.

Movies.com: She could have a driver’s license then.

CM: Ex-ACTLY! Hit Girl could be riding Ducatis all over New York City. Duh.

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