Judging by her upcoming film roles, Chloë Moretz isn't a teen you'd want to cross. The 16-year-old Cartersville, Georgia-born actress will once again beat the tar out of adult villains as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2, out August 16. Then in October, she'll be seeking revenge as the title character in a remake of Carrie. Thankfully, the real-life Moretz was happy to chat about the music of her life, sans telekinetic tomfoolery.
What is the last song you listened to today?
"You Ain't Alone" by Alabama Shakes. I love them because they have this rad sound without getting too banjo-y and weird. They hit that folkie vibe but with more of an alternative side, like the Black Keys.
What was the last concert you went to?
I saw Rihanna on her 777 tour in London while I was filming Kick-Ass 2. That tour was doing smaller venues. Seeing her live was so sick, in a smaller place rather than at, like, the Staples Center in L.A. I'll switch up from alternative to R&B to hip-hop, but Rihanna is the queen of my pop world—her and Katy Perry.
Do your parents ever object to anything you're listening to?
My mom gets upset if I listen to music that is degrading to women in any way. So, I like to listen to a lot of rap music and I'll put on something like Juicy J's "Bandz A Make Her Dance" or Chief Keef's "Love Sosa" and she'll be like, "Chloe! Why would you listen to this?" I just tell her I listen to rap because it's fun to dance to.
If you were curating a festival whom would you put on the bill? It could be anyone living or dead.
Definitely Amy Winehouse. Then I'd have the The Black Keys, Santigold, Grouplove, M.I.A., Rihanna, Katy Perry, Diplo or Major Lazer, Iggy Azalea, Brooke Candy, Icona Pop, and then Die Antwoord to round it out. I would want to have it somewhere big and outdoors like Glastonbury, which I haven't been to but really want to go. My mom told me I could go when I was 18, so only two more years!
If you were going to portray a musician in a biopic whom would you choose?
Courtney Love. I love everything that she is. Her life would be fun to portray— how she arrived and her relationship with Kurt. I find her very interesting. I met her once at the after-party for the premiere of Hugo and she came up and introduced herself to my cousin visiting from Georgia who was wearing a red dress, just like Courtney was. Courtney said, "I had to come find the other girl here wearing a red dress." It was crazy! I thanked my cousin for wearing that dress!
Who that you've worked with has musical taste most similar to your own?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Joe has the best taste in music ever. He made me a huge playlist when we were working on 500 Days of Summer. He got me into every band that was on that soundtrack. I was only listening to pop music at the time and he gave me this alternative education. He showed me all this music that still had hooks but was just a bit weird.
What's the name of a mix or playlist on your phone or iPod?
I was just the DJ for my brother's wedding so I made three different playlists for that. I'm never too creative with the names so there's "Classical" and "Freaky Party" and "Regular Party." "Freaky Party" definitely went over the best. I always make playlists for New Year's Eve parties and stuff, but never for something like this with an older group, so I was worried some of the Trap music wouldn't go over too well, but everyone was down with it!
What is a song you know every single word to?
"Everytime" by Britney Spears. It's so easy to memorize! I've been listening to a lot of Britney recently. I'll go in spurts with her. I'll listen to her everyday for a while, then cool off for a couple months, and then it's back to pretty much Britney all the time. Like right now I'm really into "Outrageous."
Who comes after Rihanna in your iTunes?
It's Rita Ora. And Richard Hawley is before Rihanna. Richard Hawley, Rihanna, and Rita Ora—that's pretty funny. Now those three would be a crazy concert!