Chloe Grace Moretz says she has always looked up to Tim Burton, who directed her, Johnny Depp, and Michelle Pfeiffer in the new vampire film, "Dark Shadows."
Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a playboy vampire who was buried alive for more than 200 years after breaking the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard, played by Eva Green. Pfeiffer plays Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Collins' cousin and matriarch in the household, while Moretz, 15, plays Stoddard's the young and misunderstood daughter, Carolyn.
"Every experience I've had so far has been absolutely amazing," the fledgling actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "And this is one of the most special ones. Because ever since I was a little kid I've really looked up to [Burton], and he's made some of the most amazing and influential movies of my childhood."
Burton is known for helming dark children's films such as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factor" and also wrote the hit animated Disney movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
"It was pretty cool, going on set," Moretz said about her "Dark Shadows" experience. "One of the very first scenes we did was when everyone was at the breakfast table together. And just sitting in a room with Michelle Pfeiffer over here, and Johnny Depp at that end, and then Helena Bonham Carter's right there and Tim Burton is off like right beside us. It's just, it's incredible."
"Dark Shadows" hit theaters on Friday, May 11. The film is based on a 1960s soap opera, and Burton made his film adaptation a comedy set in 1972. Several of the original cast members make a cameo in the movie.
"They're all happy to be there and it was kind of nice to have their blessing, in a way," said Bella Heathcote, who plays Victoria Winters, the governess of Pfeiffer's nephew, and Josette du Pres, another former love interest of Collins.
Moretz went on to explain how she can relate to her dark character in the film.
"She's really like me in a way because she's really into her music and her fashion and she's kind of this ... she's rebellious, but she has so many more things than just a rebellious teenager," Moretz added.
In March 2012, it was announced that Moretz would appear alongside Rupert Grint in the Beach Boys biopic "The Drummer." The film is centered around the life of Dennis Williams, the iconic 1960s drummer for the famed group. Williams is set to be played by "Dark Knight" actor Aaron Eckhart.
Moretz has appeared in a number of films in her short career, including "Let Me In," "Kick-Ass," "(500) Days of Summer" and the 2011 Martin Scorsese film "Hugo."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).