Take it from us, this Spring everyone is going to be talking about Hit-Girl. The pint-sized assassin is played by 12-year-old Chloe Moretz and she's the undisputed star of Matthew Vaughn's superhero comedy caper, Kick-Ass (released on 2 April). We caught up with the child star during a break in filming on Let Me In, the American remake of the Scando-vampire-arthouse hit, Let The Right One In. And as Chloe explains, life has been pretty, ahem, 'amazing'...
ESQUIRE: Was Kick-Ass as much fun to make as it is to watch?
Chloe Moretz: It was even more fun. I love Matthew Vaughn, he’s one of my favourite directors I’ve ever worked with. I love Aaron Johnson, and Nicholas Cage too, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Everyone, in fact. I love everyone.
ESQ: We understand you’re a very well-behaved girl away from the film set. So, how was it for you delivering some of the foul-mouthed tirades that Hit Girl has in the film?
CM: Well, I mean, it’s just a movie. It’s not real life, you know. If I had said those things in real life, I would have been totally grounded for the rest of my life. I mean, it’s part of the character, it’s who Hit Girl is. But actually she’s also just an 11-year-old girl inside, she doesn’t really know any better.
ESQ: Nicholas Cage plays your father Big Daddy, and there’s an amazing scene where he’s shooting you with what looks like a magnum .45. How was that?
CM: Oh, he’s absolutely amazing. He’s like a Dad to me, one of my favourite actors that I’ve ever worked with. Before I even met him, I was just so excited to be working with such an amazing actor, and when I saw that he was just such a sweet guy made it even better. And I was just like ‘Wow’, you know, this is amazing, that I have the opportunity to be in this film.
ESQ: You are undoubtedly the star of the film and have some amazing scenes, including one where you lay waste to about 30 drug dealers. That must have been a lot of fun to do....
CM: It was absolutely amazing. That would definitely have to be my favourite scene, the one in the corridor where I’m shooting, like, 30 guys in 30 seconds. It was crazy. I was running and jumping off chairs and tables, onto bookcases, and shooting and pummeling. It was absolutely amazing.
ESQ: Are you keeping up with all the martial arts skills you learned for the part of Hit Girl?
CM: Yeah, I practice all the time at school. They let me take my bow staff home. It’s the same height as a real one but is made of foam. That was one of my favourite things to learn. Me and my Dad go target shooting sometimes. You know that these things are definitely not to be played with. It’s not cool.