‘Carrie’: Chloe Grace Moretz talks maternal energy on horror remake

Jan. 14, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.

"Carrie" actress Chloe Grace Moretz, left, and director Kimberly Peirce are photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Oct. 4. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Chloe Grace Moretz, left, and Julianne Moore in a scene from "Carrie." (Michael Gibson / Sony Pictures)

Chloe Grace Moretz, left, and Julianne Moore in a scene from "Carrie." (Michael Gibson / Sony Pictures)

Gabriella Wilde, left, and Chloe Grace Moretz in a scene from "Carrie." (Michael Gibson / Sony Pictures)

Julianne Moore, left, and Chloe Grace Moretz in a scene from "Carrie." (Michael Gibson / Sony Pictures)

"Carrie" director Kimberly Peirce, left, and star Chloe Grace Moretz on the film's set. (Sony Pictures)

"Carrie" actress Gabriella Wilde, left, and director Kimberly Peirce on the film's set. (Sony Pictures)

"Carrie" director Kimberly Peirce, left, and stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore on the film's set. (Sony Pictures)

"Carrie" actress Chloe Grace Moretz, left, and director Kimberly Peirce are photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Oct. 4. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Julianne Moore, left, and Chloe Grace Moretz attend the Los Angeles premiere of "Carrie" on Oct. 7. (Eric Charbonneau / Associated Press)

Chloe Grace Moretz attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Carrie" on Oct. 7. (Frederic J. Brown / Getty Images)

“Carrie,” last year’s big-screen retelling of Stephen King’s first published novel, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday with an alternate ending and some featurettes exploring the making of the film, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz as the traumatized telekinetic who becomes the brunt of a cruel prom night prank.

The experience of making the film, a remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 classic starring Sissy Spacek in an Oscar-nominated turn, was profoundly emotional for the young actress, who shot to fame with memorable turns in such films as Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and the “Kick-Ass” movies, not to mention a winning guest stint on the television comedy “30 Rock.”

In an interview with Hero Complex prior to the release of the movie, Moretz mentioned that she relied on the support of her family members to help carry her through the production.

“I would come home from the set just drained,” Moretz said. “I would have to stay for 18 hours and just be in that mind-set of Carrie, which is just the darkest, most suicidal area that you could be in. It’s hard to stay there your entire day. I would look in the mirror and be like, I don’t know who I am right now.”

But the actress also praised filmmaker Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “Stop-Loss”) and actress Julianne Moore, who plays Carrie’s disturbed mother Margaret, as sources of inspiration.

“I look up to [Moore] like crazy,” Moretz said. “She’s a mentor to me now. There were moments where we’d just start laughing because we were doing the weirdest stuff we’ve ever done — we would have crazy conversations and then we’d be crying and killing each other.”

To hear more about the atmosphere on the set of Peirce’s “Carrie,” watch the video below.

“I think the reason I do a lot of these dark roles and the reason I’m OK with getting to this dark stuff is because I don’t have a dark life,” Moretz told Hero Complex. “I have an incredibly normal life. I have a family that loves me. I’ve had an amazing childhood.”

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