11. A few of her favorite movies, new and old: 2010’s Black Swan, 1939’s Gone With the Wind, and 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (For the curious, she revealed her picks when Drew Barrymore interviewed her for Interview Magazine.)
12. And now, a lesson from the Chloe Grace Moretz School of Acting: “I always try to find something in my own life that connects me to the character,” she’s said. “The more I live, the more I find things that I can use in my acting. I have learned never to judge any of the characters that I portray. Sometimes that is difficult to do, because as a human being, we tend to make judgments when we find out information about people and situations. In order to bring a character to life, though, I find that I cannot judge her or I won’t be true to her.”
13. In just seven short years, Chloe has been nominated for a whopping 26 awards for her work. She’s won 11 of them.
14. Wondering how 11-year-old Chloe managed to convince her parents to let her take on the role of the foul-mouthed action heroine Hit Girl in Kick-Ass? It was actually her mom’s idea. Said Chloe in 2010, “It was really funny because about a month before we got the script for the movie, Wanted came out. I was in the car with my mom—and this is a true story, no faking or anything—I was like, ‘Oh my god, Mom, I really want an Angelina Jolie action kids role!’ She was like, ‘They don’t make kid movies like that.’” But, lo and behold, “A month later, we got a script for Kick-Ass and my mom read it, and she was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Chloe. You’re gonna love it! It’s an amazing role and exactly what you’ve been wanting.’”
15. But lest this make you want to cry “bad parenting!,” it’s actually anything but: Both Chloe and her family have consistently stated that even at the age of 11, she was capable of differentiating between fact and fiction. Her family will protect her insofar as they need to (see: not letting her actually SEE the first movie in which she appeared)—but not at the expense of hobbling her artistic growth.
Above: Chloe as Mindy ‘Hit Girl’ Macready in the first ‘Kick-Ass.’
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