Our “10 in ‘10” series is continuing to roll out all week long, and one of our latest installments features “(500) Days of Summer” star Chloe Moretz – a 12-year-old girl with three films coming out this year, including the eagerly-anticipated remake of the vampire flick “Let the Right One In,” entitled “Let Me In.”
“It’s about a boy who lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Growing up, not many people like him, he’s not popular. He’s wimpy, kind of an outcast,” she said of the role played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”) in the flick, which is due in theaters October 1st. “Then this girl moves in, she’s totally different… she’s a beast, [being a vampire] is a demon inside of her and she can’t stop it from coming out… when I turn into a vampire, it’s terrifying.”
When she stopped by our studio recently, Moretz spoke up on what’s being changed for the American version directed by “Cloverfield” filmmaker Matt Reeves – and what will remain the same. “I don’t have fangs; but [my teeth] are quite scary. I can’t really say anything about it, but they’re terrifying,” revealed the actress, who recently wrapped production on the film.
“I’m the only vampire. You never meet her maker, who made her a vampire. You have a flashback scene where you get it, but you don’t. It just leaves her background kind of blurry. Because, she’s been around for 250 years.”
“It’s in the '80s; it’s not modern,” Moretz said of one similarity to the original that Reeves has been quite adamant about retaining. “[And my character] is not really like a regular vampire. It definitely doesn’t glamorize the idea of a vampire; you see it’s not a fun thing to have in your life. She wishes not to have it; she wishes she could be a normal girl, but she can’t. And she would never put it upon anyone else to become a vampire. That’s why anyone who she does suck their blood, she kills. She does not leave them to become a vampire, because she knows how bad and how hard that is for them – and she wouldn’t want to put that on anyone else.”
“She’s definitely a lover,” Moretz said of her take on Abby – or Eli in the original “Let the Right One In” novel and movie. “She’s not a fighter.”
Asked what her favorite scene in “Let Me In” will be, Moretz didn’t hesitate. “When you see... these two totally different people become one,” she explained. “They get each other; nobody gets Owen, but Abby does. He’s getting pushed around by these bullies, and he has a really hard life. And she has a really hard life, too. And they start to get each other, and in the end you see them become one, really.”
How do you feel about the “Let the Right One In” remake? Can the original be improved upon? Is it worthwhile if the American version plays to a larger audience?