The rays are beating down on yet another Californian day of sun, as 21-year-old starlet, Chloë  Grace Moretz takes residence beside the leafy pool at The Parker Hotel—one of Palm Springs’ iconic properties serving as the perfect backdrop to shoot to a weekend getaway fashion shoot. Making her on-screen debut aged just seven with 2005’s Amityville Horror, her filmography, which spans blockbuster hits like Kick Ass & Carrie as well as acclaimed indie titles, is nothing if not prolific. With four films already slated for release this year, if anyone needs some downtime it’s Ms Moretz. As such an eloquent and confident woman, it’s little surprise that her creative ambitions go beyond just the next audition. 

Discussing career highlights and aspirations that includes photography, a passion which she showcases to her fans on Instagram, Chloë  admits that she’s interested in perusing roles behind the scenes whilst giving an exclusive interview discussing her personal style, family and career.

What has been your favorite weekend getaway of all time?

This last getaway that we had for my birthday where my family and I went to Mexico. For me, it’s more about the company you’re with over the destination. If you’re with people you love, you can be anywhere in the world and it feels like home.

What are the key ingredients for the ultimate weekend getaway?

Great people, great music, and great food.

Palm Springs is a bit like a fairytale desert oasis – have you spent much time here before and if so what do you like about it?

Growing up in LA, we’ve gone to Palm Springs since I was young. I love the history attached to this small desert oasis.

What is on your must-pack list for a weekend away?

Sunglasses and shoes are definitely my statement pieces when I’m on a getaway.

Which are your favorite Jimmy Choo pieces that you shot and why? 

Each piece was unique and exciting! I loved my sunglasses I wore by the pool because they kept the sun out of my eyes while still looking incredibly fashionable. I also loved my tobacco suede pumps, they were the perfect casual, yet sexy, weekend shoe for dressing up a nice dinner. 

What does the brand mean to you?

Jimmy Choo to me feels like a brand that has always made me feel flirty and sexy, while still being comfortable in myself. My Jimmy Choo’s have always been the perfect accessory to make my outfits uniquely me, be it for a red carpet event or Thanksgiving dinner. 

You’ve worn Jimmy Choo countless times on the red carpet including icons like the LANCE – do you have any specific memories of styles you’ve loved or any favorite outfits?

That’s easy! When I was at Sundance, the perfect shoes for me were my gold, Jimmy Choo boots. I even wore them to the Women’s Rally, in falling snow, they made me feel like Wonder Woman. After the rally, I was able to wear the same boots with my Vampire’s Wife dress for the after party to the premier. Perfectly versatile!

Are you a big shoe person? 

Growing up my mom always had the best shoe collection, so I always knew from a young age that that’s what I wanted too. The perfect shoe for me is comfortable but flashy to make a statement. 

What do you look for in a bag?

It depends on where I’m wearing the bag. If it’s a clutch, it needs to be big enough to hold my lipstick, phone, and wallet. And I definitely need it to be a cross-body, just in case the night leads to dancing.

Whose shoes would you like to step into for a day?

Gloria Steinem. Because she’s always been such an inspiration to me. She stood up for so many things politically that, over the years, were considered controversial to support. She never took “no” for an answer, and stood behind her words and for equality for all. 

Career-wise, 2018 looks to be yet another stellar year with five films slated for release. What has been the secret of your segue from child to teen to more adult titles? And where do you think your drive comes from?

There’s not much that I would call a secret, honestly. Over the years, it’s always been focusing on what is most important to me emotionally to  depict on screen. As well as surrounding myself with my family and other people around me who have my best interest in mind. My drive, I would say, comes from my deep love of acting and film making in general. I’ve always wanted to be the best that I could be at my craft because I truly respect the medium.

You’ve been working solidly for nearly 15 years now, and have managed to play progressive, strong female characters in an industry known for type casting young women in one way – where did that attitude come from?

Growing up, I was raised by a single mother and my four brothers. From the get-go I was bound to have a strong opinion of who I wanted to be in this world, which translated to who I am in this industry. It was never a question for me whether I wanted to be the heroine of my own story or the damsel in distress. I always wanted to be the one taking charge instead of riding shotgun. The diversity of the different roles in my career really came from my wanting to try all genres, and auditioning at a young age for each different type of role, instead of just telling myself I was good at one style and sticking to that.

What does empowerment mean to you? 

I think empowerment is too complex to explain with just a few words or examples. I have found that always vocalizing my opinion, while simultaneously listening, comprehending, and learning from others’ opinions has gotten me farther than just having one stance. It’s helpful to have progressive debates on subjects, there are so many ways to empower yourself and others around you.

How easy has it been to find female mentors?

I’ve been incredibly lucky, from the time I was a kid in this industry to have always worked with such supportive women, in front of and behind the camera. They taught me, as did my brothers and my mother, that we are stronger together. Supporting each other will get us farther than being so fiercely competitive that you alienate not only others around you, but yourself as well. 

Social media has put new spin on celebrity, allowing a much more intimate connection with fans and also offering actors the chance to express themselves in a new, creative medium. What has been your experience and how do you feel about being in control of the way you share your personal life?

It has always been important to me that I run all my social media accounts myself. I felt from the time I began on Instagram and Twitter that these profiles were extensions of myself, as well as platforms for me to be able to engage with my fans and have my words be spoken directly from me. I’ve found it really exciting to share my love for photography on Instagram, giving my fans a glimpse into my world, from my point of view. On Twitter I’ve, over the years, used it a lot to be able to show my fans the artists/music I’m listening to, which has been different and exciting. 

When it comes to ambitions, what are you really prioritizing for your future over the next couple of years?

I’m excited to try my hand at different jobs in this industry, to really dive into being more of a creator than just an actor. From producing through my production company, to co-directing with my brother, Trevor, I believe I will find ways to come in to my own artistic groove over these coming years. 

How do you wind down from work? 

Just being home with my family and my dogs is the most important respite for me. I also meditate daily to re-center myself and help my brain quiet down.