EXCLUSIVE: Bloodbaths and bullying: It's tough to be a teenager

[caption id="attachment_26584" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Julianne Moore Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie, with Julianne Moore who plays her mother[/caption]

It may be more far-fetched to think that a pretty young thing like Chloë Grace Moretz can identify more with her leather-clad purple-haired killing machine persona from the successful “Kick Ass” franchise than a tormented teenager, which she plays in her new movie “Carrie.” Although Chloë pretty much looks like she can handle herself well anywhere – she, in fact, demonstrated her proficiency with the balisong on “Conan” – she does have a bit of an affinity for troubled youngsters.

“Like Carrie, I’m also a teenager trying to navigate some of the same things she’s experiencing,” she says.

Already the third adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Stephen King, Chloë sees this version of “Carrie” as a “coming-of-age story” of someone who is “just experiencing certain aspects of a girl’s life.” Of course, this includes peer pressure, rebelling against a parent, and even attending prom – which, judging from the original movie, may be a terrible idea.

Chloë also chose not to watch the Brian De Palma-directed original starring Sissy Spacek because, as she says, “I want to make (this) Carrie my own.”

As a nod to the novel, however, the young actress notes, “I feel that in the book, Carrie is mad at everything, whereas in our film she is more sympathetic with the people that hate her. That is, until the very end... Otherwise I feel the film is a true depiction of King’s novel.”

Modernizing the story, though, the filmmakers thought to include cyber-bullying as a running theme as well. “Unfortunately that’s part of the negative aspect of social media,” laments the lead star. “The film isn’t a social commentary on (it), but they contribute to the story and to what ultimately happens with Carrie.”

It does help that she’s got this supernatural power, which, of course, spells doom for everyone that’s ever crossed her. “The telekinesis aspect of the movie could have been this weird element that nobody understood, or this beautiful element that added a new dimension to the film – which is what (director) Kimberly (Peirce) did! She made it so beautiful that when you watch Carrie use it, you can’t help but to want those powers! She is not only becoming a woman and realizing who she is, but also becoming stronger every day and learning how to utilize this newfound power. There are some really awesome shots of her discovering what she's capable of and how much strength she really has.”

Nevertheless, it isn’t all sullen and scarring on the set for Chloë. She loved working with Julianne Moore, who played her mother Margaret. “And the funny thing is that right after shooting a dramatic scene, I asked her what she was thinking and she answered, ‘I am thinking about what wallpaper I should put in my kids rooms…’ She’s a genius!”

As to that iconic moment in the movie when Carrie took a bath in blood at the prom, Chloë shares, “I had five gallons of this blood-like substance coming down on me! It was actually pretty heavy because it was dropped from five feet above me. It was so worth it, though, because the end result is insane!”

“Carrie” opens in local cinemas on Oct. 16.


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