With Halloween just days away, our Chris Azzopardi decided to chat with Carrie star Chloe Grace Moretz — about gay brothers, a queer take on a classic and not being a lesbian.
We might not have telekinetic powers, but the gay community knows what it’s like to be Carrie. We know the torment from kids at school. We know the pressure from parents to change who we are.
It only makes sense, then, that a lesbian filmmaker — Boys Don’t Cry writer/director Kimberly Peirce — give her spin on Stephen King’s creepy classic, first adapted to screen in 1976 with Sissy Spacek in the titular role.
The reboot (which we reviewed here) stars 16-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White, the teen with the power to move people — literally. (Julianne Moore plays her intensely religious mother.) We caught up with Moretz to chat about her gay brothers inspiring this take on the iconic character, the queerness of Peirce’s reimagining and why people think the actress is a lesbian (but shouldn’t).
Dallas Voice: As if you weren’t cool enough, you recently told the press that you stuck up for your brothers when they were being teased for being gay. Moretz: Aww, thank you. People say that, but I don’t even do it to have that effect. I do it because I know what’s right, and I know what’s wrong, and I grew up with my two gay brothers who were completely ostracized and manipulated into thinking what they were feeling, from the time they were born, was wrong and sinful and potentially life-threatening. That’s so aggravating to think about that when someone can, you know, smoke their entire life and people would never judge them. But just because you choose to be with the same sex, people can be a little cagey.
How much of your brothers’ personal experiences became a part of your experience on Carrie? Did you have them in mind while you were playing her? Yeah, of course. Whenever you play a character that is going through certain things and you can, in some way, understand them even more — when you have a personal aspect that can actually relate to the — then it takes [the role] to a whole other level, because you’ve seen it and you’ve experienced it.