“I want to continue to question myself, and to find anonymity in the characters that I take on” – Chloë Grace Moretz
Actress Chloë Grace Moretz has grown up on movie screens, and has been appearing in adult comedic roles since playing Hit-Girl in 2010’s Kick-Ass before she was even a teenager. Recently, Moretz starred in the thriller Greta, which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which is yet another example of Moretz expanding her scope of performances.
In an interview with NPR, Moretz reveals that this was a deliberate choice, pointing at a lengthy break in acting when she reevaluated where she wanted to be in her career.
A few years ago now I took a year and a half off to reconfigure where I was and really start this next iteration of my career, as the adult that I now am, on the right foot. And for me, this hopefully next 20, 30, 40 years I want to continue to question myself, and to find anonymity in the characters that I take on, and have myself fear the next step that I’m going to take, because I think through fear is how you blaze a new trail within your own heart and within your own mind.
The easiest thing you can do as an actor is to know you’re good at certain areas of what you do, and to continue to do them. But to call yourself out, and to slam yourself against a wall a little bit, and be like, stop it and try this, is very terrifying, honestly, and you end up really questioning yourself. But in the end it’s really empowering.