EXCLUSIVE Interview With IF I STAY Star Chloë Grace Moretz

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 


The tears have finally dried after John Green’s FAULT IN OUR STARS, but it’s time for the waterworks again. On August 22nd, get your box of tissues ready for IF I STAY. Based off the book of the same name by Gayle Forman, Chloë Grace Mortez stars in the film as the talented young cellist, Mia Hall.

IF I STAY follows the journey of Mia Hall who is left in a coma after getting into a serious car accident with her family. The coma causes Mia to have an out of body experience where she is left to choose her own fate, if she stays or if she goes. IF I STAY flashes back between the past and present, and is a definite must see movie to end off the summer.

THE MAGAZINE got the chance to sit down with Chloë while she was in Canada for the MuchMusic Video Awards to talk about her upcoming film.

THE MAG: If I Stay is a very emotional movie, how did you get into the mindset for that?

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ: It was hard everyday.  One day I was learning that my mom died and the next day it was my brother had died, and then another day it was my dad. Every moment of everyday was a hard day. It was always a really tough acting day, but it was worth it. Mia was worth it. You know what I mean? She was worth going into that emotion for and not many characters are worth that. But, music helps me a lot. I listen to a lot of music to stay in character. I just try to feel it out. We were also shooting in an old insane asylum so the atmosphere on set was pretty heavy already. So it wasn’t actually that hard to kind of just do it.

THE MAG: Mia got a new perspective on life in the film. Did you get a new perspective on life by being a part of this film?

CGM: I think yeah. I think in different ways. I think you always get a new perspective being in every film you are in. I did a play at the beginning of the year and I think I got a new perspective from that. Also, I am young so I think every month is a new perspective on life and I think I learn something huge and fundamental to my growth. I think with Mia, I really loved her innocence in a way. I think she was actually a genuinely innocent character and she was naive a little bit, but not dumb or foolish or anything. She just kind of lived her life by her cello and when she gets that cello taken away from her its kind of a culture shock. You know? I kind of like that. I liked playing that character. It was interesting.

THE MAG: What was your favourite moment on set?

CGM: My favourite moment on set…probably the scene, we literally filmed this super fast, the scene where we are on the boat docks and it’s raining and we’re on the skateboards and stuff. We shot that for 45 minutes and we weren’t supposed to shoot that that day. It was right before lunch and we were so tired. We just had this skateboard and they told us to do something stupid. So we reenacted Titanic on a skateboard. I was like Jack and he [Jamie Blackley] was like Rose. It was so weird. It was just typical Jamie and I doing stupid things. That was probably my favourite moment.

Thanks Chloë!

Make sure to catch IF I STAY in theatres August 22nd. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a box of tissues!


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