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TODAY   |  April 17, 2014

Chloë Grace Moretz: ‘Library’ gives voices to victims

The 17-year-old actress, who is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood, talks about her Off-Broadway play “The Library” that's currently playing at The Public Theater. She also gets quizzed by Kathie Lee and Hoda about her previous co-stars’ noses.

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>> baby: corpses sa scorsese and tim burton .

>> she was in the remake of "carrie" which also starred julianne moore .

>> now she's making her off broadway debut in "the library," directed by steven soderbergh . you only work with, like, the greatest directors. how are you?

>> i'm good. how are you guys?

>> we're good. this is brand-new. brand-new. how are you feeling?

>> it is great. amazing. truly interesting to do something fresh and new never done before. in the rehearsal process, we had a lot of change. we had new scenes every day. a lot of people that i was working with do, like, hamlet and, you know, amazing shakespearean pieces that don't change. interesting to have this kind of live production where you're always learning something from it. and we're all kind of --

>> and creating it together in a sense.

>> which is interesting. spontaneous.

>> tell us about your role. you usually play sort of dark roles in movies. and such a bubbly effervescent young lady .

>> i think because i am a very happy person, i like to play the darker characters because it is real acting for me. very opposite of who i am. so basically i play a girl named caitlin gabriel. she is involved in a school shooting . and she survives. but her best friend and, i think 12 others, die. and she, before she even wakes up out of a coma, she is accused of a conflict in a sense. so basically the story really revolves around what is truth and if your truth isn't told, how can you survive, how can you then live your life if what you believe is true isn't happening.

>> where do you go, in your imagination as a young woman who by your owne admission had a great family life and none of that stuff touched you, where do you go for inspiration for stuff like that?

>> you know in that sense it really just acting and it really is finding things that you can grasp on to. at the end of the day , it is a fictionalized story. so i don't want to get too real about it, but we have gotten a lot of information from columbine and a lot of it is based on that, and we have -- i've done a lot of research through that and talked to a survivor and she's been an amazing help for me and she's really helped me through this process. and i want to be as true to it and honestly i want to do this play to be the voice of the victims. because that's never who's told in these shootings.

>> always about the shooter.

>> we never hear what the victims are going through.

>> i can't believe you're 17. you're inned my senten ed in midsentence a nd i can't believe you're 17. the maturity in all of that. do you have siblings?

>> i have four older brothers and raised with my mom as a single parent. i came from a very strong household. i have a very big upbringing.

>> can we lighten it up? you work with great actors. we want to play a game with you called "who knowknows".

>> okay. we want to see if you know whose nose it is.

>> that's impossible. this is people i've worked with.

>> the nose.

>> scorsese?

>> no.

>> alec baldwin .

>> oh, my gosh.

>> another one. kermit the frog.

>> the next one.

>> julianne moore .

>> yes!

>> time for another one.

>> whoa --

>> oh!

>> all right. last one.

>> okay.

>> five seconds.

>> meryl streep ?

>> pull it out.

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