Chloe Grace Moretz: You're a Hit, Girl!

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Chloe Grace Moretz

It's a long way from the sunny meadows of the Hundred Acre Wood to the crime filled streets of gritty vigilantism, but plucky Chloe Grace Moretz has made the journey and become a sensation. Her mind-blowing performance in "Kick-Ass" (billed as Chloe Moretz) as the butt-kicking, potty-mouthed vigilante, Hit-Girl, made her the ostensible star of the film, stealing every scene in which she's featured. Then again, with roles in a string of suspense and horror films like "The Amityville Horror" and "The Eye," maybe it wasn't too much of a leap after all.

We caught up with the young star for a very quick conversation, and picked up on some of her exciting future plans.

This is a big departure for you from previous works, particularly voicing the very kid-friendly Darby on My Friends Tigger & Pooh. Was there any concern on your part, or of your parents, given the nature of the role of Hit-Girl?

It's a role, you know? It's so different from who I am as a person and what I believe in. It was just a character, and it's a really great script with really great actors and an amazing director, so that's why I did it.

You got to work quite closely with Nicolas Cage, whose got a lengthy string of hits behind him. What was he like to work with?

Amazing! He's such a sweet guy! To be able to work with an actor like that was seriously amazing.

Was there a lot of physical training you had to go through for this part? In the bonus features of the Blu-ray release, viewers can see you doing some extensive wire-flying work during a fight scene.

Yeah, I did about six months of training altogether, which was pretty crazy. And I did about ninety percent of all my stunts.

If IMDb has the right info, it looks like you're prepared to revise this role in an announced sequel, "Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall".

I don't know much about a sequel, but if there is one I'd really love to play Hit-Girl again.

So what things are you working on right now?

Yeah, at the moment I'm shooting a film called "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" with Martin Scorcese, and that's very exciting! And I have a film called "The Hick" coming up after this with Derick Martini, based off the novel, Hick. I also have a film called "The Rut" which I'm about to do with Karyn Kusama, and we also have a bunch of other films in pre-production and we're starting up our own production company, so... it's exciting!

You're a very busy person, especially for someone your age. Do you have much time left to hang out with your friends and do kid things?

Of course! I see my friends all the time. Whenever I have time, I always see my friends.

As Hit-Girl, you played a sort of Batman and Robin character with Nicolas Cage's Big Daddy. Did you ever sit around with the other actors talking about the roles and get into goofy discussions about what sort of "super" powers you'd like to have?

We always talked about what we would do if we had crazy powers and stuff, and what our characters would be with powers -- but, of course, we didn't get that because they're "vigilantes." (Laughs)