Wednesday 22 May 2019

Chloe Moretz praises Irish director Neil Jordan as 'really wonderful' during panic attacks on set of Greta

Chloe Grace-Moretz in Greta
Chloe Grace-Moretz in Greta
Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in Greta
Chloe Grace Moretz & Maika Monroe film scenes on the climbing wall in the Trinity College Sports Centre for the Neil Jordan directed movie The Widow
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

American actress Chloe Grace Moretz has told how Irish director Neil Jordan put her at ease when filming tough scenes for new psychological thriller Greta.

Chloe had to shoot scenes that included a gruesome incident with kitchen utensils as well as being trapped in a cupboard. The 22-year-old suffers from claustrophobia, but said Jordan ensured she felt comfortable when she was locked up.

"I've jumped out of aeroplanes and I'm completely fine with fear most of the time, but my one thing is claustrophobia and it's just completely debilitating," she told the BBC.

"We tried to keep it as succinct as possible and the least amount of takes as we could possibly do, but sometimes you don't have that option. But Neil was really wonderful with me, and really took his time with me to make sure that I felt as comfortable as possible while having a panic attack."

Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in Greta
Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in Greta

Chloe plays Frances, a young waitress who has moved to the city, where she meets widow Greta, played by French actress Isabelle Huppert. Returning a handbag to eccentric piano teacher Greta, Frances befriends the seemingly harmless older woman who has lost her daughter.

However, as time goes on, things are a bit more sinister than they first appeared.

"It's a twisted fairytale in a lot of ways and a lot of fun to jump into," said Chloe. "What I found interesting when I first read the script was this psychological insight: is a monster born or is a monster bred?

"It's a movie about grief and loss and isolation in a lot of ways and what that does with people's minds."

As for ever doing a similar good deed for a stranger, Chloe said the plot of the scary movie has changed her mind.

"At this point I can safely say I'll never be a good Samaritan ever again," she said, joking. "I'm never gonna help anyone."

Chloe Grace Moretz & Maika Monroe film scenes on the climbing wall in the Trinity College Sports Centre for the Neil Jordan directed movie The Widow
Chloe Grace Moretz & Maika Monroe film scenes on the climbing wall in the Trinity College Sports Centre for the Neil Jordan directed movie The Widow

Speaking about the film, Jordan said: "The fact that the obsessional elements of the story are motivated by a woman appealed to me and that no males played a significant part in the story was intriguing."

The film is in cinemas now.

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