Chloe Grace Moretz Discusses Making ‘Hugo’ With ‘Marty’
Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz in 'Hugo' (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures)
Some actors wait their entire lives to work with Martin Scorsese. Chloe Grace Moretz, though, did not have to wait that long. After breakout performances in "Kick-Ass" and "Let Me In," the young actress scored one of the lead role in Scorsese's "Hugo." Moretz and fellow young actor Asa Butterfield headlined a cast that featured distinguished British actors Sir Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer and Sacha Baron Cohen, and the film took home five Academy Awards.
With "Hugo" now available on DVD and Blu-ray, I was able to speak to Moretz about getting cast in Scorsese's film, how she handled speaking with a British accent, and her next big challenge -- learning to drive.
Matt McDaniel: Congratulations on the five Oscar wins for "Hugo." How was the whole awards season for you? Was it tough?
Chloe Grace Moretz: It was interesting. It was my first award season, so it's basically just like doing a press tour, but it just multiplied with bigger and crazier people.
MM: And nicer clothes.
MM: When you're at these big award show events, do you still get starstruck by the people you meet?
CGM: Oh, yeah, of course! I mean, I met Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio and some really cool people, and I was just like, "Oh my gosh, this is so awesome!"
MM: Was there any disappointment that out of all those nominations, "Hugo" didn't get any in the acting categories? Particularly for Ben Kingsley who was so fantastic
CGM: I think Ben did a phenomenal job and I definitely think he should have been nominated. But I'm really happy how everything turned out. We've got [five] awards and I'm very proud of that.
[Photos: Chloe Grace Moretz on the red carpet]
MM: Can you describe what your first meeting with Martin Scorsese was like?
CGM: First I sent in an audition. My brother and I taped an audition for him and we sent it in, and he called me back -- well, they called us back the next day and flew us into New York to chemistry read opposite Asa [Butterfield].
And so, we went in. We chemistry read off of Asa, and that's where I first met Asa and I first met Marty. So we walked into a big screening room, which is in his offices at the DGA. And it was a rainy day in New York. It was cold, and I was just like, "Oh my gosh, I'm terrified."
The minute I went in and the minute I met Marty, the first thing he said to me was, "Hey, call me Marty, kid." And immediately, right off the bat, he was a really, really nice guy. So, he immediately made us feel very welcomed and he was very inviting, so we did a really great performance and then that weekend, they called and gave us the role.
MM: Was the process of making "Hugo" different from your previous films you had worked on? Not just working with Scorsese, but being on such a huge set and filming with the 3D cameras?
CGM: In so many ways, this movie was different the biggest project I've ever done, and it's with a huge director and huge actors. It was incredibly exciting, but terrifying at the same time. Yet everyone on the set was so nice, and so sweet, and everyone was just happy to be there in working on such a great movie that we all got along perfectly and really well.
And so, we had a great time doing the movie and I got to work with Sir Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Bob Richardson and these amazing, amazing people. Actors, cinematographer, the director, everyone. And so, all went out a really fun experience.