With more than 30 movies under her belt, Chloë Grace Moretz is more successful than any 18-year-old could ever dream. (Please take a moment now to remember what you were like at 18—that hair, oof.) Now, she's kicking major butt in this month's sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave—nine months of jujitsu training with Jackie Chan's stunt crew? No problem—while also finding time to drive cross-country from South Carolina to California. (Not to mention that she's recently been cast in the buzzy new remake of The Little Mermaid, NBD.) We're tired just thinking about it.
Here, a few highlights from her interview:
On filming Carrie and obsessively reading and believing criticisms on social media: "I felt fat; I felt not pretty. I felt like I didn't really know who I was. I was so confused; I was scared. I had bad acne. I felt incredibly insecure."
On getting older: "I'm so free now. I don't know what happened, but when I turned 17, this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I'm so open; I have a good time; I don't worry about what people say about me. I know who I am, who I want to be, what I want to portray myself as, what I want people to think of me."
On her parents' divorce: "[It] toughened me up a lot. It made me harder on myself. [It] was as heavy as you can get to dismantle a family, for sure. He just left, so it's like you have to fend for yourself… When you're betrayed by someone that is a bloodline, you start to beware trusting people and to protect yourself at all costs. For a long time, I did that too much. I wasn't letting people in."
On filming for Kick-Ass: "I was pure muscle at that age . I was able to do like 200 pull-ups. It was nuts."
On dating: "I don't want to date older people, because I'm 18 and older people are more serious. Then I kind of realized, I'll go on dates, why not? And that's kind of how I am right now. I'm not looking for a while. At least until I'm, like, 23."
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Read the full interview and see all the photos in the February issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands next week.