reporting by Josh Horowtiz
When MTV News sat down for a screening of “If I Stay” earlier this month, we were a blubbering mess — and the film’s haunting, can’t-miss soundtrack certainly had a lot to do with it. It’s all about the music, guys.
One of our favorite movie-music moments came during one of the film’s more, ahem, steamy moments — we’ll spare the details of what went down onscreen for spoilers sake, but know that the “Halo” cover by Ane Brun & Linnéa Olsson is really freaking awesome. Which is why we had to ask Chloë Grace Moretz about it when we chatted with her after the film. As it turns out, Moretz loves the Beyoncé cover just as much as we do — in fact, she was the one who picked it out!
“I found this artist [Brun] who is like this small artist, who pretty much… she sings with her cello,” Moretz told MTV News. “It’s one of the only people I’ve ever seen that actually uses a cello as their acoustic instrument they bring onstage. She’s amazing! I found her on like, YouTube. I sent it to the head of MGM and to my director, and I was like, ‘she’s really good, we should try and work with her.’”
Dream come true, much? MTV News also contacted Brun, who is currently busy on tour, to get her side of the soundtrack story.
“When I toured in 2009 with The Diamonds (me and three female voices) promoting the Sketches album, we made it a tradition to play ‘Halo’ on the mini stereo backstage while putting on our make up, warming up as we tried to sing along with Beyoncé on this beautiful melody,” she explained. “One day I decided to try and make my own version, mainly as an experiment and for fun, but thanks to Linnea Olsson it became this beautiful mellow interpretation.”
Agreed. Check out this version of the video that Moretz fell in love with (the original has been taken down) below for proof.
“If I Stay” hits theaters on August 22.