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Actress Chloe Grace Moretz talks about role in 'If I Stay Stay'

Chloe Grace Moretz talks about turning the best-selling young-adult novel “If I Stay Stay” into a movie with ageless appeal.
BY GENE TRIPLETT, For The Oklahoman Modified: August 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm •  Published: August 22, 2014

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Chloe Grace Moretz is shown in a scene from “If I Stay.” AP Photo
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Chloe Grace Moretz is shown in a scene from “If I Stay.” AP Photo Doane Gregory -

When it comes to landing roles in all kinds of movies, age doesn’t seem to be an issue for Chloe Grace Moretz.

At 17, the Atlanta native already is known as one of the most versatile actresses in film, and many of her characters have been on the dark side in R-rated features. The best-known of these are the foul-mouthed 11-year-old vigilante Hit-Girl in the controversial “Kick-Ass” and “Kick-Ass 2,” and the shy high school outcast turned telekinetic monster in the 2013 remake of the horror classic “Carrie.”

And don’t try to tell Moretz that her latest film, “If I Stay,” based on the best-selling young-adult novel by Gayle Forman, is strictly for teenage females.

“It’s just a basic story about love of life and the family, and I think no matter how old you are, you can have a love of life and family,” she said during a recent publicity tour stop at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

“It’s not just about your first love,” Moretz said. “That’s a very small plot point in the scheme of this gigantic, all-encompassing kind of story.”

In “If I Stay,” Moretz again plays a shy high school outsider, but this girl, Mia, is a cello virtuoso who must choose between her dreams of attending Juilliard and devoting her life to classical music, or devoting herself to the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s destined for rock stardom.

Forman, who accompanied Moretz in the interview with The Oklahoman, said she was happy with the way screenwriter Shauna Cross and director R.J. Cutler adapted “If I Stay” for the screen, and the author was especially pleased with the way Moretz brought Mia to life.

“Everything I saw, from the drafts of the scripts to what I saw on set, to what I saw when I saw the first cut, to the final cut, to the music, to the way (Cutler) cast it, everything along the way was like one more puzzle piece put in play, and now there’s the final product, and I couldn’t be happier,” Forman said.

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