Let Me In - Kodi Smit-McPhee
Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) © Overture Films

In a remake of the 2008 Swedish thriller Let the Right One In, writer/director Matt Reeves tells the story of a bullied schoolboy who befriends a new neighbor only to discover his new friend is actually a very old- and very hungry- vampire. Let Me In, which opens October 8th, stars Cody Smit-McPhee as Owen the alienated boy in question, Chloë Moretz as Abby, the innocent-looking vampire and Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins as Abby’s mysterious father figure who enables his young charge’s thirst for blood.

The three actors recently sat down to share their thoughts about the film and reveal a few tantalizing hints about the characters…

Cody, could you talk about the bullying aspect of Let Me In and how it affects your character?

Let Me In - Chloe Moretz
Abby (Chloe Moretz) © Overture Films

Cody Smit-McPhee: I think the whole bullying thing does not help with Owen’s life at all.

It’s a really big thing and he is so used to it that everything that happen, he knows it’s going to happen and he’s getting ready for it and when it happens, it’s the time, and when he gets home, he has these imaginary things where he can draw himself killing them and he has all these thoughts.

When you’re watching him get bullied, it’s really disturbing and very real.

Richard, is your character in Let Me In the next Owen, or is Owen the next you?

Richard Jenkins: I don’t think I was the original. If she’s 250 years old, I’m not the original, but I think I foreshadow [what happens] once the credits roll.

That was always my feeling; because I’m probably not as good at what I do. But I think it’s actually fairly clear in the movie.

Chloë Moretz: Yeah, it definitely explains it.

Richard: Yeah, you do see it, which I think is a very cool thing.

There isn’t a huge amount of dialogue in Let Me In, so did you discuss your characters in advance?

Chloë: It just happens.

Richard: It does. Film is film and sometimes people talk too much in movies.

Chloë: I hate that!

Richard: It’s what movies can do that theater really can’t. You can do a scene without dialogue and with camera, faces and music, so Matt was aware of that. But we did talk about it in that context.

Is there any glamorization to being immortal in this version of Let Me In?

Chloë: You definitely won’t want to be a vampire. I definitely wouldn’t want one against me.

Richard: That’s kind of the message: I don’t think I’d like to be a vampire. It’s not a glamorous thing!

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Joe Nazzaro

Joe is a New York based journalist