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NYCC Exclusive: Chloe Moretz on Balancing the Sick and Sweet in 'Carrie'

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If there’s a young actress out there who may be able to fill Sissy Spacek’s crazy-ass shoes in Carrie, it’s Chloe Moretz. The 15-year-old has already played a psychotic child superhero and a deadly tween vampire and anyone who has seen her in these roles knows she is great talent. The actress told FEARnet she knew she was perfect for the role the minute she saw the script for Kimberly Peirce’s remake.

“I just don’t want to play a happy-go-lucky young girl who has a great life because that’s who I am,” she said. “It’s fun to be something that you’re not and really express feelings that you’re not allowed to express … I read the script and I was like, I know there’s no one else who can do this. I have to do this … From the beginning to the end of this movie, it’s something that you’ve never seen from me.”

When asked about how the gory aspects of Carrie compare to the bloodletting in Let Me In, Moretz said that it’s just a small part of the overall film.

“I honestly think Let Me In was scarier. I think that’s a bit more thriller horror. What’s special about our movie is that aspect of it is such a small aspect of it. The biggest part of it is the relationship between Julianne and I, and this beautiful love relationship between mother and daughter. How it’s this terrifyingly abusive relationship, but at the same time, even with the abuser, who is the Margaret character, you still feel for her. You still say, I understand where she’s coming from. It may be horrible, and completely insane, but you still feel so much for her,” Moretz said.

OK, but let's not forget there’s that whole bucket of blood scene in the gymnasium at the prom. Moretz told FEARnet that while filming, it was weird how she became totally used to coming home in covered in blood.

“From the moment we did the prom blood, from then on until the end of the movie, I was in full blood every single day with blood, water, mud, fire, everything. It was a lot of fun but it was a very emotionally pushing experience.”

While the blood might have been uncomfortable, filming Carrie's telekinesis was one of the bigger challenges for Moretz.

“That was a really hard part of the story to figure out, without being gimmicky, without going ‘Rahhh’ like X-Men style and without being superpowery, what it would mean to have those powers. And we kind of did it as an extension of your hand. What looks coolest obviously goes into it, but also what is natural for you as the actor.”

As to the balancing the destructive aspects of Carrie’s rage with the sweeter aspects of her personality, Moretz said Carrie is completely replaced by her telekinesis when the destruction begins.

“She’s taken over. That’s how I came to a conclusion of why she does that. She gets taken over. Imagine everything that’s happened to you ... Every time something tells you no, you’re bad … You pin it all up and it overflows and you keep just compacting it down, and then one more thing happens on the happiest day of your life, when you are the happiest person you could ever imagine, and then someone brings your whole world down. It just flips open and overflows. It’s not even you. That’s the TK and the TK completely takes her over and she’s not who she is.”
 

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