With so many female-driven films and strong roles at this year's fest, and in the spirit of the opening night film, we'll be profiling some of the most kick-ass females representing at SXSW this week. Next up: Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz.
At only 13 years old, Chloë Grace Moretz is already shaping up to become the next great geek icon. Sure, you've seen her do the occasional kid's television show, but in between the girl has managed to pick up roles in Wicked Little Things, The Amityville Horror, Room 6 and The Eye. Now, in 2010, she's poised to take the geek world by storm with roles in the comic adaptation Kick Ass, as well as Let Me In, Matt Reeves' remake of Let the Right One In. Needless to say, this ain't your ordinary 13-year old, and while some have called her the anti-Dakota Fanning, I wouldn't label her as anything other than one actress you should really keep your eye on.
While at SXSW, Cinematical managed to grab only a couple minutes with the much sought-after actress, but only because we just happened to be sitting right next to her between events. We'll bring you more from Chloë prior to the release of Kick-Ass, and look for a much longer interview with her later in 2010 as we approach the release of Let Me In this October.
Cinematical: Let's face facts: in this film, you kill more people than I think I've ever seen a person your age kill on the big screen before. Not only are you a weapons master, but you throw in flips and jumps, and you're running up walls. How much of this stuff did you really do yourself?
Chloë Grace Moretz: Almost all of it was me, except for the gigantic flips and running up the wall wasn't me. But all of it was me except for that, and it was insanely hard because in the middle of thinking about choreography -- you know, left, right, left, right -- you're aware that one little mistake and you're on the ground.
Cinematical: Why choose this role? I'm pretty positive there aren't hundreds of parts out there calling for violent, foul-mouthed 12-year-olds -- so how did this all come about?
Chloë Grace Moretz: Well, about a month before I got the script, Wanted came out. The signs were everywhere with Angelina Jolie like that [she makes like she's pointing a gun]; it was everywhere, it was crazy. I love her because she's so, like, women empowerment, and so I told my mom that I really wanted an Angelina Jolie, Wanted, take charge-type character. I wanted to be the leading women who's telling the men what to do [laughs]... and then the script for Kick-Ass came up. I usually don't read them because then I get emotionally attached to it and if I don't get it I get sad, but I read it and I knew that I had to be Hit Girl. So they called me, I met with Matthew Vaughn, and ...
Cinematical: ... the rest is history.
Chloë Grace Moretz: Exactly!
Cinematical: One thing a lot of people have already talked about is just how nasty the language is. Did you have a problem with any of the nasty words you have to say in the film, especially as someone who's so young?
Chloë Grace Moretz: It's character. It's not me. If I did half the stuff that's in the film, I'd be grounded for the rest of my life. I come from a very religious family; we go to church every single Sunday. Even when we're out of town we still go to church. I would never in a million years say that kind of stuff or do the kind of stuff that you see in the movie. Trust me, I wouldn't harm a fly.
Cinematical: Tell me what you can about the sequel. Will there be one? Are you signed on?
Chloë Grace Moretz: I can't really say right now. If there is a sequel, I'm in it. All I know is that I really want a purple ducati. If there's a sequel, get me a purple ducati.
Cinematical will have much more from the cast of Kick-Ass as we near the film's theatrical release date of April 16th.