Though Moretz is no longer the lead in the non-Disney live-action version of The Little Mermaid, she isn’t going to stop working. For her, the break just means she’ll take more time to decide on upcoming projects.
“It’s not particularly time off,” Moretz explains to E! News. “I’m just becoming more picky and particular about what roles I’m choosing. I think as an actor you have a huge opportunity to find yourself through the roles that you choose. I think it’s my time, right now in my life, to figure out who I am and what I am and what I want and what this industry means.”
She continues, “Why not sit back, slow down, realize I’m 19 and go, ‘Hey, let’s make stuff that really, really hits hard with who I am and helps me figure out what it means to be a 19-year-old actor who is just doing her thing.'”
With 55 movie credits to her name, Moretz revealed last week that she “had a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment” after wrapping back-to-back films November Criminals and Brain on Fire, realizing that she needed to take a hiatus and focus on producing two TV shows she hopes she can shop around soon.
“I pulled the plug on all my movies because I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m realizing that I can slow down.”