Chloe Grace Moretz says she was “intimidated” to play Carrie, the iconic character created by novelist Stephen King.
Moretz is the newest actress to take on the role of the emotionally disturbed and relentlessly abused teenager, who finds out she has supernatural powers.
“I was intimated on taking on a Stephen King novel,” Moretz told Nightline. “That’s what scared me… trying to take something that was one of his most iconic pieces of work that he’s ever written and try and breathe life, even halfway as good, as the words that he has put into a book.”
Carrie was a hit at the box office in 1976 when Sissy Spacek, who was nominated for an Oscar for the role, had one of her memorable performances as the troubled young girl and it also propelled King into a household name in the horror movies genre.
There have been several versions of Carrie done through the years, but for Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) none of that matters as she tried a new way of playing the difficult role.
“It was the first movie I ever did in which I wanted to try method [acting],” she said. “You know, trying to really breathe and live in her because she is such a dark character you can’t just cut and be like hee-hawing around.”
Carrie is not only a girl who is bullied by her piers, she also has an abusive mother, played by Julianne Moore, who warns her, in one of the most chilling lines in the film, “They’re all going to laugh at you.”
“I think it really is the emotional aspect of it,” she said. “It’s really what you read within Stephen King’s novel, you see that in our movie. You see the effects of the mother-daughter relationship more than just the teenagers.”
Since Chloe Grace Moretz is only 16, she is not allowed to watch the R-rated Carrie, “I’m illegal, I can’t even see it. I mean, I’m sure my mom will buy me a ticket.”