Chloë Grace Moretz Is All Grown Up

The actress talks about her upcoming films with Isabelle Huppert and Tilda Swinton, and covers issue 2 of L'Officiel USA. Photographs by Myro Wulff Fashion by Vanessa Bellugeon
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Only 21 years old but with more than 10 years of movie experience, Chloë Grace Moretz speaks the language of Hollywood like a pro, with that prolix mix of politeness and enthusiasm. She’s currently in the midst of a public breakup with Brooklyn Beckham, has 14.1 million followers on Instagram, and gives off the the impression of being a girl from a good family, wiser than one would believe. The February day on which we meet in a cold but sunny Milan, Chloë Grace Moretz comes flanked by her big brother with a cool California-kid vibe, Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her “coach” and also her mentor, Trevor is himself an actor, notably in Kick-Ass 2 and Equalizer. Perhaps he gave his sister a taste for comedy.

This taste has been to her benefit: A handful of years and more than 60 films, TV movies, and TV shows later, the youngest Moretz is at the top of her game. According to Time magazine, she was one of 2016’s most influential teens (along with Kylie Jenner and Jaden Smith). And she’s sure to be the star of 2018 with her four feature films scheduled to arrive in theatres this year, including the remake of Dario Argento’s film Suspiria directed by Luca Guadagnino, as well as The Miseducation of Cameron Post directed by Desiree Akhavan, in which she trades lines with Sasha Lane. On February 22, the two young women sat front row at the Fendi Fall 2018 fashion show, alongside phenomenal aspiring twin pop stars Lisa and Lena, 15, who debuted on the app and are already as influential as their elders, born in the late 1990s.

You were front row at the Fendi show. Is the house familiar to you?

Of course. My mother has been wearing Fendi since…my God, she was already wearing it before I was born. At home, we have plenty of vintage Fendi bags, including a circular model with the famous FF that must be from the 1990s. I particularly appreciate Fendi because a lot of what Karl and Silvia put into their collections is linked to the notion of family…and family is a big deal in my life. And then, without fashion in cinema, we would just be a plain and unadorned group of actors wandering around a set. For me, clothing allows you to feel different, to be able to change skins and to show an unknown part of yourself. It’s both exciting and fun.


You grew up in Los Angeles, where cinema, music, and art are ubiquitous. In what way has this city nourished the woman and the actress that you are?

Los Angeles is constant activity. All of the things that go on there open your mind and change the way you see things. There are performances 24 hours a day, in things like circus arts and other types of performance that are less familiar elsewhere. From the beach to Silver Lake, it’s a completely different atmosphere…everything is at your fingertips.

This city, your city, do you still see it as the capital of cinema?

Of course. If you take a drive in L.A., you’ll find Paramount Studios, then Warner Bros., Universal. All these places are full of history. Paramount, in particular: When you linger there, you can cross paths (in a dream) with Audrey Hepburn. Much of West Hollywood and its bungalows have been preserved since the 1930s-1940s, the heyday of Hollywood’s golden age. It’s always inspiring to live there, knowing that history is here, right next to you.

In the last few months, many things have changed in the film industry, particularly with the advent of the Time’s Up movement. How do you position yourself?

When you have experienced a story as terrible as those we have heardabout, you feel alone, you feel that no one else knows what you are goingthrough. Many were silent for this reason, until they realized that otheractresses had experienced similar things. The most important thing is tomake people accept responsibility and to create a support network that allows everyone to feel taken care of. With a support network, it’s so much easier to get back on set.

You have been fighting for years for the LGBT cause...

I have always been very committed because two of my brothers are gay. Growing up, I realized that they could be perceived differently; I felt the need to stand up to this intolerance and to speak on their behalf in my interviews, my speeches. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which I shot last year, exposes sexual conversion therapies. I fight, in every way possible, to highlight the horrible realities that LGBT youth have to face.


In your career, you have been open up to all types of productions: blockbuster films, independent cinema, TV shows, et cetera. How would you characterize your philosophy?

I would be bored if I did the same thing all the time. I like to try new genres, to confront myself with different emotions. I am tireless. Whether you act in a horror movie, a comedy, a drama, whether you are on stage, on the screen, or have your voice recorded, each experience, each character allows you to learn a little more about yourself. Always doing the same thing risks complacency. And complacency is the death of art. I am never as successful as when I am put on the defensive, when I have this “positive” fear of the unknown.

"I would be bored if I did the same thing all the time. I like to try new genres to confront myself with different emotions."

Since you started in TV, what do you think about its role today?

The TV show format has allowed many filmmakers to adjust their way of doing things and to see cinema from a different perspective. It is possible, in an hour-long episode, to dwell on a snippet of someone’s life—such a scene would inevitably be cut short in a 90-minute movie. Acting in a TV show allows you to land, to breathe—and to be able to show and project different facets of a character on screen.


Tell us about your upcoming projects...

I’ve filmed with Neil Jordan for The Widow, with Isabelle Huppert, and with Luca Guadagnino for Suspiria, with Tilda Swinton. As for comedy, I’m taking time this year to produce my own projects.

A little pop psychology to finish: What can we find on your bedside table?

A lot of water—I drink a lot of water—and glasses, too. Books. I am curently reading a book of poetry, The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, it’s a little dark but very beautiful. My phone charging, a small bowl with my jewelry, and Diptyque candles.


If you could travel back in time, what period would you choose?

I often dream of traveling back in time…then I think about the status of women in the past, the difficulties they had in defending their rights. From a cinematographic, aesthetic point of view, I would love to understand the 1920s, but not from a political point of view.


If you could come back as somebody else, who would that be?

Cher, because she is a real badass.The coolest of all, in my opinion. Or maybe Barbra Streisand.

Makeup Mai Quynh 

Hair Jennifer Yepez 

Photo assistants Cesare Maragnano and Margherita Nardi 

Stylist assistant Gabriela Cambero 

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