At 16 years young, actress Chloe Grace Moretz has already rustled up an impressive collection of on-screen miscreants. Among her most high-profile film outings are as a vampire in Let Me In (2010), a vigilante in a pair of Kick-Ass films (2010, 2013), and a bullied, outcast teen in the forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King's seminal novel, Carrie.
Not that she goes out of her way to hunt for jobs playing characters who are outsiders, she says.
"I don't think I actively look for the losers," she says with a laugh.
"I just choose characters that are the very opposite of who I am. If I play a happy girl with a happy family, with a happy life and who is very good, just like me, it is not acting. "I like playing characters who are the very opposite of who I am, ones who come from broken homes and deal with problems that are much darker than what I deal with. It is like my therapy."
In Kick-Ass 2, which opens in Singapore tomorrow, she is troubled teenager Mindy Macready, aka Hit-Girl, the ninja-skilled girl who made a splash in the first Kick-Ass film. Now an orphan in the sequel, Mindy is marginalised in school and again finds relief in donning her vigilante outfit and going out to dispense justice on the streets.
Moretz says: "I did a lot of fight training. It is technique more than training and the less muscle you build, the more agile you are, especially with jujitsu and the martial arts. It is about leverage.
"A lot of the stuff I was doing was all leverage and when you are little and you have a low centre of gravity, it is much easier to flip a tall guy. Saying that, playing Hit-Girl is the hardest role for me, physically, for sure."
The most emotionally challenging role she has ever played, however, is the forthcoming adaptation of Carrie, with Moretz and Julianne Moore taking on the roles made famous by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie in Brian De Palma's 1976 version of the story.