A Minute With: Chloe Grace Moretz on digging into a dark role

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By Mary Milliken

(Reuters) - Teen actress Chloe Grace Moretz says she might have found her darkest role yet as a battered Russian child prostitute in the thriller "The Equalizer," even though she has been in some pretty dark stuff.

She stars opposite Denzel Washington, who plays McCall, a quiet man with a secret past and a desire to avenge the abuse done to the girl by Russian gangsters.

Moretz, 17, made her debut in 2005 in "The Amityville Horror" and last year starred in the remake of horror tale "Carrie." In 2014, she has had top roles in four feature films, including "The Equalizer," which opens Friday in U.S. theaters.

Moretz talked to Reuters about learning to play a child prostitute, the Denzel effect and running with what the acting profession throws at her.

Q: You have been experimenting with different kinds of roles. How different was Teri?

A: It was incredibly different. I like to call her Alina, which is her real name, while her street name is Teri, because that is who she really is. I did a lot of research to become Alina. I went to this wonderful organization called Children of the Night, which has a hotline and you can call them and they will come pick you up and take you to a shelter and you can get out of your life on the streets.

With the amount of research I needed to do to become Alina, I felt really close to her and I think in my filmography it is probably the deepest I have gone in searching for a character. And the moments I had on set with Teri/Alina were really intense. It is probably the darkest I have ever been.   Continued...

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz arrives at the premiere of "The Equalizer" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill