Moretz explained that being a child actor is about “working as much as possible,” but she’s glad those days are behind her.
Chloë Grace Moretz is bang on trend. The actress landed the role of the hit girl in Kick-Ass at the age of 13 and soon starred in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, establishing herself as one of the most successful child actors of her generation. Many notable roles followed, including a Kick-Ass sequel and starring in Kimberley Peirce’s Carrie remake. But now she’s ready to slow things down.
In a revealing interview with NME to promote her new Prime Video series The Peripheral, Moretz opened up about her life as a former child star and how her approach to role choice has changed.
“Being a child actor is all about making hay while the sun is out and working as much as you can,” Moretz said. “Growing up, I realized that I wanted to retire. I’d rather do zero films in a year if that means I haven’t connected with anything. That’s literally what I did this year. 2016 was kind of a dry run to find out.”
Moretz, who recently spoke about how the pressures of the Hollywood spotlight made her a “recluse,” is now perfectly happy to choose roles at her own pace.
“What’s fun about this job is that it should change as you grow,” she said. “I’ve read a lot of scripts this year and had a lot of meetings, but I just haven’t found a project that appeals to me. And this is the first time outside of the pandemic years that I’ve actually just chosen not to work. It was really scary and brought up a lot of insecurities in my body, but it’s important for me to sit back and trust how I sowed the seeds and now I can finally reap what I sowed. And I just have to trust myself. I call it my ‘fuck it’ era!”
While the actress is pickier than ever, she has a few film projects on the horizon. She will star opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the thriller White Night and remains linked to the long-running Bonnie and Clyde reimagining of Love Is a Gun.
The Peripheral Episodes 1 and 2 are now streaming on Prime Video, with new episodes added weekly.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/10/chloe-grace-moretz-fuck-it-era-1234776931/ Chloe Grace Moretz: I’m in my ‘f*ck it era’