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Following a week that saw her dating life the stuff of tabloid speculation, Chloe Grace Moretz stayed focused on her career as she came to Deauville to receive the French film festival’s Rising Star Award.
With 55 films already under her belt, the prolific 19-year-old joked that she’s glad “people have been watching and it hasn’t been in vain.” But after wrapping back-to-back the thriller November Criminals and the intense psychological drama Brain on Fire, the actress “had a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment” and dropped out of all her future film projects.
Moretz said the pace of several movies a year was causing her to lose sight of why she started acting and instead focus on a film’s box office.
“So I pulled the plug on all my movies because I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m realizing that I can slow down.”
Instead she’s focusing on producing and is currently working on two TV shows that she will soon begin shopping around.
The actress will head to Toronto to premiere Criminals and Fire and then hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton following her center-stage speech at the Democratic national convention in July.
Even though she’s grown up in front of the camera, dealing with the tabloid speculation about her personal life “is hard, and the paparazzi are hard,” she said, but she’s realized that she can’t focus on the difficulties of being in the spotlight when she’s been given a platform to talk about issues that she cares about like body positivity for girls and bringing the arts back into the U.S. education system.
“I realized if I stop talking about the negativity then it can’t thrive. And that’s something I came to very, very recently,” she laughed, noting she has the ear of the presidential nominee.
The outspoken actress also said she’s learned from a Twitter feud she had with Kim Kardashian over nude pics earlier this year and through her personal relationship with Clinton.
“I think I gave my attention to people that didn’t deserve my attention. So in some ways I think I regret giving them the attention, [though] I don’t regret what I said,” she said of the social media kerfuffle. “But also I realized that being the most opinionated and loud person in the room is not always the most impactful. I learned that from Hillary.
“‘It’s great to be feisty,’ those were her exact words,” added Moretz. “But sometimes the smartest way to get into the psyche of people is to be the quietest person in the room. Let everyone else bicker and throw their words around and then you come in with the quiet voice and that will be the most impactful.”
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