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Q&A: 'Carrie' star Chloe Grace Moretz

October 15, 2013|Matt Pais, @mattpais | RedEye movie critic

Given the choice of having anything dumped on her head, “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz of course wouldn’t choose blood. Her preference: Gummy bears.

“[They’re] delicious. That sounds way more fun than blood,” says the 16-year-old actress, who plays the titular horror icon in director Kimberly Peirce’s (“Boys Don’t Cry”) fantastic new take on Stephen King’s novel. “Also, gummy bears aren’t that heavy. So it wouldn’t be like you’re being hit by rocks.”

In the film, out Friday, Carrie White (Moretz) doesn’t get to choose. She bears—SPOILER ALERT, if somehow you don’t know this already--the brunt of a pig’s blood-oriented prank at prom, the culmination of bullying that adds to Carrie’s already-difficult upbringing with her extremely conservative mother (Julianne Moore). The part required so much of her that Moretz (“Kick-Ass,” “30 Rock”) says that halfway through filming, she went from being a child actor to an adult actor.

At the Four Seasons Hotel, she talked about feeling comfortable around blood, the powerful being Carrie couldn’t defeat and her favorite parts of “Mean Girls.”

Now or when you were younger, have you ever been squeamish about blood?
I think everyone’s been squeamish about blood at some point in their lives. When you’re a kid you’re a bit more squeamish about it. I think after the first “Kick-Ass,” seeing that much blood I was like, “Oh, whatever.” I think there’s a difference in real blood and fake blood though. I think if I watch a movie and someone’s getting stabbed, I’m squeamish.

Do you have a memory from when you were young and felt that way?
I think I was around a lot of blood. I have four older brothers, so I always saw someone getting bloody at some point. With me it was just like, “Oh, whatever; they’re just beating each other up again.”

Carrie’s sheltered and doesn’t understand certain things about the world. What’s something that you felt like you didn’t understand while growing up?
I think that life and death was a major thing that I never understood, and I was really confused by it [when I was four or five]. I was like, “I don’t think that anyone dies. I think it’s all fake. I feel like we all live forever and people just lie to you about it ‘cause they want to scare you.”

And some people just go on vacation for a long time.
Exactly. But no. Not true. Apparently we do die.

When I was younger and we went on two-minute car rides to a friend’s house, I thought it was so far away.
So far away! That’s very true. Totally. That would always happen. I remember we were getting a new car, and I remember how it felt so long. My mom was like, “It will be one more hour.” I was like (whispers in mock-disbelief), “An hour?! That’s like my entire day. What are you telling me to do right now?”

What do you think the average teenager would do with telekinetic powers like Carrie’s?
I think that’s scary. I think that teenagers are so irrational and they’re so spur of the moment. They get angry so quickly and they get happy so quickly. That type of power that really does [hinge] on your emotions I think would be terrifying with a teenager because it just seems dangerous: You get ‘em mad and they’re going to hurt you with it. You get ‘em happy and they’re going to fly around.

Carrie vs. another superhero--say, the Hulk. Who wins?
Carrie. The Hulk just has super strength. Carrie can, like, pick him up.

You think she can lift the Hulk?
Yeah! It’s Carrie.

Is there anyone she could not defeat?

Carrie vs. God.
[Laughs.] Carrie vs. God.

Who’s playing God in this scenario?
Oh, God, I don’t know. Bruce Willis.

This movie will have people talking about bullying and thinking about how terrible teenagers, especially girls, can be to each other. What’s your favorite part of “Mean Girls”?
My favorite part of “Mean Girls” is … OK, I have so many parts to this. One is when she looks at the skirt and says it’s, “The ugliest effing skirt I’ve ever seen.”

Why do you like that?
Because it’s brilliant. It’s so good. And it cuts to the flashback of when she told Cady Herron that she likes her bracelet and then it cuts back to nowadays. And another great moment is when she’s walking out of the Halloween party and the drunk guy is sitting on the ledge and she scares him, and he falls over and goes, “Dude, that’s a scary mask!” But she’s actually just wearing makeup. [Laughs.] And then another great moment is probably when they’re doing the Christmas dance. And they kick the stereo and start singing.

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