On Tuesday night, Chloë Grace Moretz was still riding a high. The night before, she had appeared on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live, and like many a star before her (see: Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Dakota Fanning, et al.), the 21-year-old is a Bravo megafan. "I was with Vicky Gunvalson, the OG from the OC," she exclaimed. "[I love] Bravo in general; I love Southern Charm, I love all of that. And what’s great about that is you can watch it all on your Oculus Go."
In addition to her love for reality TV, Moretz, it turns out, is a major fan of virtual reality. In fact, she was hosting a six-course omakase-style dinner for the new wireless VR headset Oculus Go at the PUBLIC hotel in New York. "Video games have always been a big thing in my family," she explained. "I grew up with four older brothers, and we’ve played games since we were young together. I got into VR with Oculus Rift and Alienware, and it was just a whole new world of not just gaming but viewing and fully immersing in an experience. One of the first things I did was play one of the horror puzzle games. That was so crazy and jarring. We put the Oculus Rift on my mom, and she started screaming when she looked down because she thought she was on the edge of a building. We were like, 'Okay, Teri.'"
Though her travel schedule keeps her away from Los Angeles more days than not at this point, Moretz said the headset device helps hold the homesickness at bay. "When I’m in these strange cities, it can feel like a little piece of home," she said. She had, in fact, brought it with her for this particular trip to New York. "I literally have it at the hotel," she continued. "[My brother] Trevor’s boyfriend Nick had never done it before, and he is a very spiritual person, and the night before I put on the NASA space station video and I was crying. I gave it to Nick, and he’s never done anything like that before and he was literally like, 'What’s happening? I’m very emotional right now.' It’s crazy to see people’s first-time reactions and how mind-expanding it can be."
In addition to using the device for gaming and meditation, Moretz was also using it to catch up on TV, namely HBO's Sharp Objects. "I’m obsessed with it," she said. "I love Jean-Marc Vallée and Amy Adams."
Moretz has so many projects in the works herself that she even forgot she was in the film adaptation of Sharp Objects author Gillian Flynn's other novel, Dark Places—"You just reminded me!" she remarked, surprised—chief among them Luca Guadinino's highly anticipated adaptation of Suspiria, which Moretz described as "super crazy.” The film has already made headlines for sending costar Dakota Johnson to therapy. So, would Moretz want audiences to experience something so intense in VR? "Of course," she said. "Imagine watching Stanley Kubrick and that whole horror-scape on the Oculus and to be able to walk down that corridor and seeing that carpet. It would be terrifying! I’m a big fan of horror and a total geek when it comes to watching things. I’m a total cinephile."
Before Suspiria, though, there's also The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which opens in New York this weekend, and features Moretz as a queer teen sent to conversion therapy camp. The film already has awards buzz after cleaning up at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "I’m super excited about the response," Moretz said. "We made this movie for no money in 23 days, and I just really want people to understand that it’s a queer movie made by queer people for queer people. It’s such a tender movie. It’s so comedic and brilliant, but I really think its going to change a lot of people’s perspectives. I hope it lifts the lid on conversion therapy, and I hope this movie goes the distance, because it deserves it."