LOS ANGELES - One look at teenage movie star Chloe Grace Moretz and you would think she has it all.
But if you also think that being rich, famous and popular would make her one of the mean girls at school, the 16-year-old is quick to disabuse you of the notion.
"I don't belong to any cliques. I'm, like, anti-clique," declares the actress, who is best known for playing a foul-mouthed girl superhero in Kick-Ass (2010) and Kick-Ass 2 this year.
The subject comes up as she is talking about her new movie Carrie, where she plays a high-school outcast who uses her supernatural gifts to exact revenge on her tormentors.
In an interview with reporters at a Los Angeles hotel, Moretz tells Life! that she has been bullied herself lots of times - sometimes because she is a successful actress, rather than in spite of it.
"You'd think that you would have all these people who want to be you because you're famous and everything else," says the actress, who played a child vampire in Let Me In (2010).
"But actually, you're putting your most vulnerable, raw emotions out there on a plate for thousands of people to criticise and go, 'Oh, I would've done that better.'"
Moretz, who has four older brothers, says she has also been shaped by wanting to protect them when they are teased.
"I grew up with two gay brothers, so I'm like, no, don't you dare try and bully my brother," says Moretz. She remains close to her siblings, including 27-year-old Trevor, who is also her acting coach.
This same protective instinct kicked in when she saw one of her schoolmates being teased.
Although home-schooled from age nine, Moretz once attended a public school in the affluent Beverly Hills area, where students would tease a girl because she was less well-off.