Personal quotes

(about her character in Let Me In)
Chloë: Abby is such a complicated character. That makes it really difficult to just pigeonhole her as only a vampire. She is still a kid in many ways, but she’s also 300 years old. Abby hasn’t become a woman yet, and because she’s still an adolescent that yearns to become a woman, she has to figure out her place. Even though she’s an old soul deep down who has seen so much in 300 years, she thinks she knows so much, but in reality, she really doesn’t.

(about her mom)
Chloë: My mom has always said that if I get a big head, she’ll take me out of this business as quickly as I got into it.

(about strong language in Kick-Ass)
Chloë: If I ever uttered one word that I said in Kick-Ass, I would be grounded for years! I’d be stuck in my room until I was 20! I would never in a million years say that. I’m an average, everyday girl; when I act with my friends, I’m totally immature, I have to go to bed at 9:30, and, if I’m up late on the computer, I lose it for two months.

(on her next move)
Chloë: I’d love to be in this industry for the rest of my life—to write, direct, and produce my own movies. I’m an overachiever, you know? I’m always trying to find a way to do more.

(on her stunts in Kick-Ass)
Chloë: I had amazing people training me. It was easy because I’d done ballet and gymnastics before. It all kind of went together and basically all of it was me. It was a really great thing.

(on playing “Hit Girl” in Kick-Ass)
Chloë: It’s a role – it’s not meant to be taken as real-life. I was raised to think cursing makes you look unintelligent. As Chloe, I can honestly say I’ve never uttered a syllable of a curse word, not even behind closed doors.

(on going to Kick-Ass)
Chloë: I strongly advise no one under the legal age of 18 to see it.

(on her style icon status)
Chloë: I love fashion! To me, it’s another way to express myself.

(on her personal style)
Chloë: [I like to] mix high fashion with high-street fashion. Like, I’ll put an Alexander McQueen jacket with a nice Topshop T-shirt. That’s more approachable than, ‘Here comes Chloë in her runway look.’

(on how she started acting)
Chloë: When [my brother] Trevor was fifteen and I was five he’d be practicing his monologues, and I just started memorizing them too. I guess something clicked.

(on why she loves acting)
Chloë: I like these roles because they’re not me. That’s what’s fun about it. If I played another version of Chloë all the time, it would be boring.

(on who she would date if she could date anyone)
Chloë: This is hard! In my age range there’s not many people to date, so…My date would have to be with… Maybe Ryan Gosling.

(on what she learned while working with Tim Burton)
Chloë: Oh, Mr. Burton . . . Well, that’s hard because no one actually, like, sits you down and gives you advice or anything, you know what I mean? But the thing with Tim is definitely the way that he really just focuses on his actors. If the actor says, “No, I don’t feel that’s right for the character,” then he takes that so seriously – and not many directors do that in the same way. So that was a very special thing, working with him.

(on her favorite movies, both new and old)
Chloë: A new film I love would have to be Black Swan probably, and an old one would have to be either Gone With the Wind or Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

(on how she mastered an English accent for Hugo)
Chloë: My brother Trevor is my acting coach. He’s amazing at accents. We shot Kick Ass in London so I had already kind of the rhythm in my head of the accent. So by the time we got to it, it was pretty easy.

(on having two sides)
Chloë: There’s the friend Chloe, the actress Chloe. When I’m talking about work, I’m more conscious and listen to what I say, I guess you have to be. I’m in a business you can’t be a little kid in, or you don’t make it far. I’ve learned a lot from my mom. She’s a strong business woman.

(on her relationship with her mom)
Chloë: My mom’s smart, she knows what’s going on. I’m in the sort of business where anything could happen. I respect her for being strict, even though we fight about it.

(on memorizing her older brother’s monologue recordings for New York’s Performing Arts School)
Chloë: The lines would just jump into my head. My mom would get calls from the school like, ‘Why is your daughter talking about killing someone?’ but I’d just memorized the monologue.

(on working with Martin Scorsese doing some “homework” before Hugo)
Chloë: You speak to him for, like, five minutes about a movie and he’ll send you a big box of everything that director has ever done. He gave me a lot of silent films and then Funny Face, Roman Holiday … Audrey Hepburn’s stuff because we were basing my character on her.

(on working with her idols on the set of Dark Shadows)
Chloë: Working with [director] Tim Burton has always been a dream for me, so to actually get on set and work with Tim, and be in it with Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter, and Michelle Pfeiffer, it was a dream come true because they are all my idols.