Moretz has acted professionally for more than a decade. “I have an old soul, so I can understand things that I don’t think a lot of people can at my age.” Moretz says. Her latest film is an adaptation of the young-adult novel If I Stay. She plays Mia, a gifted cellist whose life is upended by a tragedy. “She’s a really strong character. She has known her ambitions since she was five, like me,” the actress says. Here, she wears a silk gown by Rochas
Asked if she is a feminist (in light of stars such as Shailene Woodley, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson rejecting the label), Moretz is direct. “I don’t think they really understood what feminism is,” Moretz says. “It’s a right. Feminism, to me, is standing up for everything that someone else has already done for you. My mom has overcome so much in her life. She makes me want to stand up for myself. Stand up to the studio heads who try to tell me that I can’t have blonde hair; they want brown hair. Or I need bigger boobs, or I need to work out. Or I’m too skinny, so, like, ‘Eat a cheeseburger.’ I stand up for myself every day of my life. I grew up in a family of four boys. I’m, like, a born feminist. I’ve been a feminist since I was four years old.” In this shot, makeup artist Hung Vanngo touches up her red lipstick.
“She’s so young and beautiful; I didn’t want to make her look like a doll,” said Vanngo about this look, the cover. He brushed bronze eye shadow across her lids and lower lashes, then drew a thin black liquid line along the top and applied mascara. He dabbed peach blush on the actress’s cheekbones, then patted on a deep red lipstick, switching to a lip brush around the edges. The look can be re-created with the following: Maybelline Master Precise by Eye Studio Ink Pen Eyeliner in Black, Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eye Studio Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze, Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen, and Maybelline Color Sensational The Elixir in Signature Scarlet. Satin gown by Versace.
Hairstylist Garren, shown here touching up Moretz’s hair between shots, described the big waves he gave her as old Hollywood meets ’90s-era Madonna. To get them, he placed a few rollers at the crown of her head and used a curling iron to create the waves, then combed through it all and added smoothing oil. Moretz appreciates having a family who watches out for her, and she is cautious about her career for her own reasons. “Trust me, since I was 11 years old, I’ve had people trying to push the boundaries,” she says, recalling one photo shoot where she was pressured to wear a see-through dress without a bra. “My mom was like, ‘She’s 13. We will walk off this photo shoot.'”
Shortly before our interview, Moretz was photographed skateboarding with David and Victoria Beckham’s son Brooklyn. When asked about it, she says, “I went skateboarding with this guy Brooklyn, back home. We had a good time. He knows how to ride a skateboard, but I know how to longboard, so there’s a difference.” Allure: “Do you want to address the rumors that you’re dating?” Moretz: “I mean, no. I mean, you know what I mean. I don’t know. No comment…. They’re a really good family. They’re really, really sweet, kind. David is really awesome. The boys are superkind. Harper is, like, really feisty.”