Chloe Grace Moretz is one of Hollywood's fastest-rising young actresses. Best known for her work in the action series Kick-Ass and in the horror remakes Let Me In and Carrie, the 17-year-old performer is taking on a more grounded and heartbreakingly real role in the upcoming young-adult drama If I Stay.
The film follows a young, talented classical musician named Mia Hall (Moretz) who loves her friends and family, but feels out of place in the world. When a terrible car accident leaves her in a coma, she has an out of body experience that lets her view her life from the outside. She must decide if she wants to wake up and lead a very difficult life, or allow herself to die peacefully.
VIDEO: Chloe Grace Moretz Faces Life-or-Death Decision in If I Stay
Moretz walked the red carpet Wednesday at the premiere of the film at the legendary Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and explained why she connected with the film so strongly.
"It's an incredibly realistic project," Moretz said. "It kind of hit home really hard with my own family, and how much I love them, and how much they mean to me. And my own career. Because [Mia] found the passion of cello at eight years old, and I found acting at five years old. It's really been a beautiful experience."
The actress' big-screen debut came at the age of eight, starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in the terrifying 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror. Her big breakthrough role came five years later when she starred as the pink-haired assassin Hit Girl in Kick-Ass
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Check out the video for more from the cast and creator of If I Stay on how they managed to keep up the mood on the set of such an emotional drama.
If I Stay hits theaters August 22.