Chloe Moretz: School ‘is really important to me. I’m not just an actress’

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz covers the March issue of Teen Vogue to promote this summer’s Kick-Ass 2 and this fall’s Carrie remake, which is probably one of those make-or-break roles in one of those WTF sort of horror remakes that are all too popular these days. I suspect that the movie itself won’t fare too well (neither did Chloe’s other inexplicable horror remake of Let the Right One In), but it won’t be Chloe’s fault at all because she’ll deliver a fine performance. Even though she’s only 15 years old, I feel that she’ll somehow be one of the rare actresses that manages an adult transition without much trouble. After all, she already comes off as rather mature onscreen and is often cast as the wiser-than-her-years sister or female sidekick (500 Days of Summer, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass). The Teen Vogue cover accurately reflects the editorial spread within the magazine; the look is young, fresh, and playful. Here are some interview excerpts:

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz

On her expletive-filled role in Kick-Ass: “I look back at that movie,” she laughs, “And I think, Wow, I see why it’s so inappropriate. You know, I could be in high school right now, like any other normal fifteen-year-old girl. I’m proud to say that I made a different life for myself. I’m a businesswoman.”

: “Carrie is the epitome of a girl who’s been broken down by others. When I was auditioning for Carrie, I was told, ‘Well, look, you’re too young, you’re too pretty, you’re too accomplished.’” After reading the book three times and doing extensive research on the part, she was determined to prove them wrong. “I love showing people I can do something that they might think I will never be able to do. Playing someone who’s happy-go-lucky and has a good life and a nice family–it’s boring for me. Because that’s my life. I have a good family. My mom loves me. I like being challenged, playing characters that are a little messed up.”

Her street style: “Cashmere sweaters, jeans, nothing crazy. I want to be comfortable. I’m not running around in Givenchy or Louis Vuitton. My mom doesn’t let me buy expensive brands.”

The red carpet is different: “Oh, McQueen. I love McQueen so much. “Jonathan Saunders, Miu Miu, Prada, and definitely Kenzo—I love what they’re doing lately.”

School is a big deal: “I travel with a suitcase of books. It weighs a million pounds! It’s really important to me. I want to be able to say, ‘I’m not just an actress.’ I need to be able to say, ‘I can quit this business and go live my own life and be whoever I want to be.’ Going to college will help prevent me from being restrained or put into a box. I’ve been told a hundred times that I would fail. I’ve learned not to listen too much to others. My philosophy is if something makes you happy, do it. If it doesn’t make you happy, stop. You have to be spontaneous. Don’t play the best friend in the film version of your life. Be the leading lady.”

[From Teen Vogue]

She does sound relatively mature for a 15-year-old, right? A lot of people did take great offense at Chloe swearing like crazy and enacting violent vengeance in Kick-Ass, but she said her mother never lets her curse at home, and their family even “refers to the movie as ‘Kick-Butt” at home. The movie was a comic-book fantasy, of course, and Chloe seems to have recovered well and has even gone back in for the sequel.

This shoot really is quite lovely. It’s age appropriate and flattering, and Chloe seems like a natural in front of the camera. Hopefully, the likes of Terry Richardson will never, ever get their hands on her.

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz

Photos courtesy of Teen Vogue

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  1. flotsamrose says:

    I love the Bieber styling of the third to last pic!

    • what says:

      Why didn’t CB post the quotes where she talks about how she was too beautiful and too established to play roles and describes herself as a “business woman”…she sounds like every other 15 year old with a bloated sense of self and no idea that they don’t know everything. Also if you look at her red carpet pictures she would always do the open mouth come hither look which is disconcerting on a 13 year old (and explains the pervs), I’m guessing she’s stopped though because I haven’t seen it recently.

    • Kennedy says:


      Also LET ME IN was critically acclaimed so I’m not sure how it didn’t “fare well.” It wasn’t a financial success- sure- but it put Matt Reeves on the map and made a star out of the two leads. I remember it was on a ton of top 10 lists and it was nominated for various awards. It’s at like a 90+ on Rotten Tomatoes.

  2. lflips says:

    She’s cute, but wasn’t that line about being the “leading lady” from the movie The Holiday?

  3. Claire says:

    Her looks could have gone either way for a while but she is becoming quite beautiful!

  4. Sandy says:

    Very off the track, but how early do people nowadays change hair colours?
    This kid doesn’t look like a natural blonde.

    • Claire says:

      Nah her hair was always blonde as a child. I’d say for a child star it’s totally fine to keep the blonde hair – she’s known for it. When you get older your hair naturally darkens and often for natural blondes, that means darkening into a mousy unattractive light brown. I dyed my hair at 15 for the same reason

  5. Hubbahun says:

    She’s lovely, photoshoot gorgeous and yes, she deserves better than remakes! Let Me In was a good film but only because it was an exact copy of the phenomenal original – pointless! Would love to see Chloe and Elle Fanning lead a movie together.

  6. GoodCapon says:

    Am I the only one who thinks she has the creepiest fans? Every article I read/videos I watch about her there have always been several people who makes sexually suggestive comments. I would’ve been okay with it if she wasn’t a minor.

  7. magda says:

    Let the Right One In was not big financial success, but was praised by the critics (along with Chloe’s performance) – now, at that stage of her career it is more important, she proves that she can delivered very good performance in a really good film.

  8. bns says:

    I’m still kind of annoyed that they’re remaking Carrie, but whatever.

  9. TheWendyNerd says:

    Chloe Moretz is awesome and I think (hope) she’ll be fine. But it’s always hard to predict with child stars.

  10. Lolly says:

    I love Chloe & I love kickass. Can’t wait!

  11. T.C. says:

    Well her father is a plastic surgeon and her mom a nurse so career wise she has good role models if she wants to be more than just an actress. Nice to see a photoshoot for a 15 year old that doesn’t look like a prostitute spread.

  12. Talie says:

    “Don’t play the best friend in the film version of your life. Be the leading lady.”

    I love when people speak like bumper stickers.

  13. minime says:

    She sounds very well-grounded. She is already an interesting actress and I’m curious how she will develop further into her career. Hope she’ll be a good surprise.

  14. lucy2 says:

    I’ve only seen her in a few things, but she was good in them, and she seems to have a very good attitude. Hopefully she’s serious about college and having interests outside of acting and Hollywood. The child stars who do that seem to fare much better.

  15. Mita says:

    Ewwwwwww who dressed her?! Is this what we call fashion? Each picture gets more hideous as a scroll down. she needs to hire another stylist

  16. yolo112 says:

    I love her…not only is she exceptionally mature for her age, she’s a great, young actress. I first saw her in ‘Let Me In’. I get the vibe that we won’t ever see her going the way of Lohan.

  17. HotPockets says:

    If anyone wants to be disturbed, you should look up the meaning behind the mickey mouse ears and why so many young starlets sport them in photo-shoots, there is a hidden meaning behind them and it is very dark.

  18. poppy says:

    very refreshing. hope she actually goes to college as opposed to some other actresses that “went” and never finished. also hope she or anyone else works with terry richard-hack-pervert-son.

  19. Bijlee says:

    She used to strike me as an arrogant brat, but she came off really well in this interview. Still can’t say I like her all that much. She loves the attention thrown at her and it’s slightly creepy. Good actress though.

  20. mac says:

    I LOVED Kick-Ass. I saw it on a whim and it was surprisingly great. I also liked her in Dark Shadows even though that movie kind of sucked.

  21. Runs with Scissors says:

    LOVED her on 30 Rock as Jack’s nemesis!

  22. FrenchT says:

    She is amazing and talented.

  23. misstrishm says:

    I’m not so sure I could cheer for this girl as Carrie as I did with Sissy Spacek I know I’m spelling her name wrong too. Plus the ending is what made the movie for me that is.

  24. Chelsea's handler says:

    Why would she want to go college? By the time she’s college age she’ll be a multi-millionaire. If I was young and cashed up writing essays and cramming for exams wouldn’t be very high on my To Do list. If she wants to learn about things she could read about them. Formal study isn’t the be all and end all.

  25. RHONYC says:

    Hitgirl is my muse for life!!!
    shoot-em up, kill it, stab it down, oh noooo!!! lol :lol:

  26. Runaway says:

    She’s adorable. I love the styling, it’s very “teenage” and not trying to make her look older than she is. I thought the editorial spread was appropriate, pretty, and fun.