Chloë is flawless on the cover of ‘Flare‘ Magazine wearing Gucci Fall 2014. Flare interviewed her while she was in Canada doing some If I Stay promotion… She talks fashion, family, boys, her projects, and of course, If I Stay. There are some quotes from Joshua Leonard (Denny) and Gayle Forman over the course of the interview. Read what they had to say about the movie below, and the rest here.
(…)She gushes about her If I Stay co-star, the charismatic Brit Jamie Blackley, in a most adorable way. Reminisces about nights spent gabbing with pals in her rental-apartment hot tub while shooting the movie in Vancouver. Squeals over her favourite Toronto wing joint (Duff’s).
In If I Stay, Moretz plays Mia, a gifted cellist sunk into a coma after a car accident, which killed her parents. She must decide whether to wake up, into a life without her family, or slip away, leaving behind her rocker boyfriend, Adam (Blackley). Moretz called If I Stay novelist Gayle Forman with dozens of questions about the tiniest details of Mia’s life—some of which even Forman didn’t have the answers to, so she let the actress choose those details herself. (“She’s either a Pisces or a Virgo, but I think she’s more Pisces. She’s very sensitive.”) Moretz then practised the cello for four hours every other day, for five months. “It’s a very intimate instrument. For a girl especially, you’re wearing a dress and opening your legs and holding this instrument to your body, so it’s an extension of your body,” Moretz explains. “When you hear cellists play, it almost sounds like a wind instrument because their breathing is linked up to the bow strokes, so as they go down or up, they breathe with the down and up of the bow.”
There were many notes to play in the film: the deep anguish of mourning, the quicksilver vicissitudes of first romance. Which one was hardest? Happiness, she says. Love. “It seems so silly, but those are much more spontaneous than heavy, dark, crying emotion; everyone cries. But actually making someone laugh, and falling in love…” She does her best work in the quieter moments of If I Stay: washing dishes beside her mother, played by Mireille Enos (The Killing); goofing around on a skateboard with Blackley (a scene the two improvised). There’s a close-up on Moretz while she plays her cello alongside her parents during a backyard jam session. Josh Leonard, who plays her father, stood with Enos and watched Moretz: “The joyful trance of the music, the blush of first love, connection to family, the gaze of a young woman staring down the barrel of the unknown—Chloë told this entire story with her eyes and only the smallest of facial gestures. When the director yelled cut, Mireille turned to me and said, ‘Oh, that’s what a movie star looks like.’”