Chloe Moretz Reflects: ‘If I Stay’ Isn’t A Candy-Coated Story About Young Love, Death, and Life (Exclusive)

Chloe Moretz in "If I Stay" (Photo: MGM/New Line Cinema)

What would you do if you ended up in a coma but, caught between life and death, you could see everything happening around you? One by one, things look hopeless and you can’t find a reason to return to your life. Chloë Moretz took on this difficult life experience in the film, “If I Stay,” in theaters today.

The star of the “Kick-Ass” series spoke to Xfinity Latino during her press tour for the film and she discussed what it was like shooting such emotional scenes, what attracted her to the role, and young love.

With so many movies about young love on the big screen, "If I Stay" portrays it realistically. Is this something that attracted you to the film?

"Definitely. Probably my number one reason was that Mia is a very realistic character. It wasn't a candy-coated story about young love, death, and life. It was a really emotional, raw story. They're having a drink on New Years Eve, falling in love for the first time realistically. And the death is not pretty, it's very dark and depressing in a sense. It was all very realistic."

You're very close to your family. Did you put yourself in Mia's shoes in order to channel the feelings she experiences throughout the film?

"I definitely did. My family is number one, they're my life. Creating those scenes when she finds out her family is dead, it was really for me to go there because the thought of hearing that own information about my family would be devastating.

In a recent interview you said the emotional scenes were the easiest for you to play. Which do you find the toughest?

"I would probably say the scenes where you're falling in love, when you're having to show happiness. Those emotions are something that we don't feel as often as despair. You can feel despair when you lose your phone in a cab. Despair is when you leave your backpack at the hotel. Those are easy things to feel. Your pet hamster dies, you feel the loss of that.

But with happiness, it's something that is more rarely felt. So when someone can inflict happiness on you, it's so hard and so raw. It's just kind of spontaneous. And when you're making a movie, [those feelings] are quite un-spontaneous. So it's hard to create that spontaneity where there's none to be had."

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