Chloe Grace Moretz Lied to Director Martin Scorsese to Land Role in Hugo

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When the casting process for an incredible new movie comes along, actors will do almost anything to get involved. Chloe Grace Moretz may be young, but when she landed an audition to be in the 2011 Academy Award-winning film Hugo, she knew she had to go big. And, yes, that included lying to famed director Martin Scorsese at the casting call.

The 21-year-old actress appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on August 2 to discuss her upcoming film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, but ended up taking a trip down memory lane and telling the story about how she lied to one of Hollywood’s hottest.

“I lied to a pretty heavy hitter,” she told host Stephen Colbert. “I lied to Martin Scorsese for Hugo.”

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CGM was auditioning for the role of Isabelle, a girl who was “supposed to have a British accent and be British.” The blonde was born in Atlanta and is nowhere near British, but she knew she could fake it.

“I hadn’t done a British accent before, but I always enjoyed accents, so I played around with it with my brother,” she explained. “We always, like, pretended to be British, but I have a solid ear, so I’m okay with faking it.”

Chloe was actually encouraged to lie by the flick’s casting director before she went to meet with the 75-year-old, so she went in and channeled her best Harry Potter.

She recalled, “I go into the audition — and I’d done a couple smaller auditions, and the casting director knew I wasn’t British, but she knew that I was willing to lie, and she liked me. She was like, ‘Lie to Marty, and work.’ I was like, ‘OK.'”

Her fib was obviously worth it, as she landed the role she so desperately wanted. Before you ask, Martin eventually realized the blonde actually is NOT British, but thought the whole thing was hilarious.