Not every teen star is in rehab by the time they're 12 ; She may be sweet 16, but there's nothing sugary about Chloe Grace Moretz, the young actress with her sights set on forging her own path in the film industry. SHEREEN LOW meets one of Hollywood's hottest up-and-coming talents
ON SCREEN, she beats up strangers, fires weapons and uses the worst possible swear words, but real life couldn't be more different for Chloe Grace Moretz.
I'm not allowed to go out past 11 and I don't have an allowance. My mum's strict, probably more than other parents," says the 16- year-old, taking a sip of herbal tea.
"There's no cursing in my household. If I ever uttered one word that I said in Kick-Ass, I would be grounded for years!" Kick-Ass is just one of the many titles on her already heaving CV; Chloe is one of the most successful, and promising, actors of her generation.
The perceptions surrounding young actors is a personal bugbear, and she isn't interested in falling into the same traps as troubled former child stars like Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes.
"A lot of people my age expect me to be pretentious, and (for it to be) thrown in their faces that I'm an actor," she says. "And a lot of parents, especially when I'm with a guy, expect their son to be run to the ground because I'm going to be partying and they don't condone it - until they meet me.
"Then they're like, 'You're normal', and I think, 'Respect! Not everyone's a coke addict and in rehab at 12!', but that's how it's perceived."
Fresh-faced, with sparkling eyes and carefully-styled honey- brown hair, Chloe possesses a self-assurance that could knock the socks off actresses double her age. She's stylish in a navy Viktor & Rolf suit and Chanel shoes, which she proudly admits she chose herself.
Her next big screen outing sees her playing telekinetic teen Carrie White in Kimberly Peirce's remake of the disturbing Stephen King novel. Chloe admits she was a tad nervous about taking on the iconic character, following Sissy Spacek's Oscar-nominated portrayal in Brian De Palma's 1976 film.
"What was terrifying to me was doing justice to a Stephen King novel. That's what I found nerve-racking," she says. "It was making it special when it's already brilliant in itself."
Peirce's adaptation, which stars Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother Margaret, gives the story a modern take. The bullying still takes place, but over the internet and through social networks as well as in school.
The actress delved into her own experiences for the part. "I dealt with a lot of different stuff when I was younger," she admits. "My job makes me more Chloe co-star Julianne susceptible to bullying because people don't understand it, and they are either confused or jealous by it."
Her mother Teri, a nurse, has given her some sound advice - to just ignore everything. "I don't read anything. I was taught by my mum: if you don't believe the good, you won't believe the bad. So I don't take the compliment and I don't take the abuse."
with her Carrie's more." Chloe, who has previously played vigilante superhero Hit-Girl (Kick-Ass) and a teenage vampire (Let Me In), says Carrie is her mos vulnerable role yet.
"It was very intense. It was four months of finding your most vulnerable piece - what makes you feel unwanted, scared and insecure. You find your biggest insecurities, multiply them by 50 and that's Carrie," she says.
Shooting the famous pig's blood scene - where Carrie has it poured over her at the school prom - wasn't fun.
"It was horrific," she says. "Being bloody like that was uncomfortable. It was freezing cold and I was soaking wet, covered in sticky maple syrup and it smells disgusting!" She seems admirably confident, but the actress admits that certain things can still make her nervous.
"I put on a front. I pretend I'm real suave and real cool but I'm like a little baby inside and I'm emotional as hell," she reveals. "You just have to keep it quiet and not be too emotional, which is hard to do when your job is all about emotions."
She has no plans to date a fellow actor, she insists. "I've seen co-star relationships ruin a movie. And, I don't like actors! There's a lot of ego to deal with and I can't do that. It's like dating a girl - they probably have extensions in their head, make- up on their face, and they care about the shape of their beard more than what my hair looks like," she adds, laughing.
Growing up with four elder brothers - "they're like four dads and four bodyguards" - she's learnt to take things on the chin.
"I've been raised in a very male mentality, so I can become very abrasive with people. I'm very straightforward and it can put people off at times."
Chloe, who doesn't mince her words, already knows who she is, and what she wants to do. Edgy roles that push the boundaries are more her bag than say, playing the glossy teen.
"I'm just a normal girl living a privileged life, so I like finding the characters that are dark, different and interesting, like Carrie, and showing people something I haven't done before," she explains.
She's finished filming The Equalizer, in which she plays an abused teenage prostitute opposite Denzel Washington, and will start shooting the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places shortly. She's been cast as "a satanic pregnant woman from 1982".
Chloe is part of a pool of teenage talent in Hollywood right now - including Dakota Fanning, her sister Elle, Saoirse Ronan, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin - and they often find themselves competing for roles.
"It's harder now, because there's a limited number of parts in my age range," says Chloe. "There's around five scripts a year and we all have to fight for them. But people are starting to understand we're better at certain things and are writing scripts for certain actors now."
She's quick to deny that growing up on the big screen has 'stolen' her childhood.
"I think growing up in Hollywood has given me a greater childhood, because I've been able to see what I'm learning in my history books.
"I've been able to live in London for three months, go to Berlin, Bora Bora and all these crazy locations, and I'm only 16. I feel like my childhood's been a lot more immense than most."
And she doesn't miss out on the day-to-day stuff that comes with being a teenager.
"I went to the prom," she notes. "And to be honest, what I find fun is going to my premieres - that's my prom night. That's when I get to dress up and be with the people who support me and talk about the stuff that I love. That's what I love."
Carrie is in cinemas now
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