Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Role as a Prostitute in 'The Equalizer' Life-Changing for Chloe Grace Moretz

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Role as a Prostitute in 'The Equalizer' Life-Changing for Chloe Grace Moretz

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'The Equalizer' life-changing for Moretz


TORONTO - Chloe Grace Moretz says playing a troubled prostitute in the Denzel Washington thriller "The Equalizer" was a life-changing experience.

She isn't talking about the career lessons gleaned from working with her Oscar-winning co-star -- though those were much appreciated. A foundation she visited that rescues child sex workers made the biggest impact.

"The girls I met, they kind of changed me a lot," Moretz said in an interview at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. "It made me really appreciate my life and really opened me up as an actress. And I think I really went places that I haven't gone before. I think I'll remember it as definitely a monumental moment for me."

Inspired by an 80s TV show of the same name, "The Equalizer" features Washington as Robert McCall, a former CIA agent who is spurred back into action when his sense of justice is reawakened by Moretz's character, Elina.

Seventeen-year-old Moretz ("If I Stay," "Carrie") said she drew on the experiences of the former sex workers she spoke with at the foundation Children of the Night.

"They graciously shared all their stories with me and it was beautiful," she said. "They had this kind of fire and they had this kind of tenacity that I kind of fell in love with and I really wanted to show that within Elina."

Among the ideas she brought to her character was one of the coping mechanisms used by one of the girls she met.

"This one girl told me that when things were happening and when she was doing her job and stuff she would sing Chris Brown songs in her head, and Rihanna, and I found it really interesting how music is such an export for emotions," Moretz explained. "I really wanted to put that into Elina. And so every time she's in the diner I made sure she was listening to music."

In the film, Elina considers the diner a sanctuary. …

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