There are many challenges that come with the territory of being a telekinetic teenager, and pig's blood at the prom is just one of them.
In the case of Chloe Moretz and "Carrie," one of the biggest obstacles concerns legacy: a remake of the 1976 horror classic, Moretz's new thriller comes with its fair share of baggage. But the actress, no stranger to adaptations and remakes as seen by "Kick-Ass" and "Let Me In," won't let herself get bogged down in expectations.
"I try to strip away all the layers on the publicity side of it, and try to look at it as what it is," Moretz told MTV News at New York Comic Con about how she approached "Carrie." "It's a beautiful acting piece between a mother and a daughter. It has the really cool aspects of telekinesis. That's how I judge it and that's how I look at it as an actress. I try to forget about if we're going to live up to the expectations of what people are going to want."
With that approach in mind, what Moretz was able to hone in on, in her own words, was a very "special character," the type of protagonist "you don't see every day."
"It's about anybody who has ever been told no, anybody who ever told you, 'Look, you're not going to amount to anything, you're never going to be who you want to be,'" she said of the film's message. "It's [a movie] for everybody who has ever been told no. She looks back and goes, 'Watch me. I'm going to become the person who I want to become. I'm going to become who I need to be.' "
For Moretz, "Carrie" centers on a "vicious cycle" that many teenagers can relate to. "You start off this broken down adolescent, kind of awkward, gangly girl," she described. "She goes from gangly to this beautiful young woman ... and it comes back full circle to wanting to be in her mom's arms. It's this beautiful circle, which is what happens when you're growing up. You want to get out of your parents' house. You want to go, and then you're out and you think home is really fun, and you always want to come back."
When viewers walk away from the "dark, funny and terrifying circle" at the core of "Carrie," Moretz said they won't feel the same as they did when they entered the theater.
"It's beautiful and terrifying and entrancing," she promised. "When you watch it, you go on a trip. You come in one person, and you come out another."
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