By R. Del Rosario

(CBS SF) – Based on the best-selling young adult novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay has been developed into a movie starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

The film tells the story of a young and gifted musician, Mia Hall (Moretz) who is caught between spending a regular college life with the love her life, Adam, played by Jamie Blackley, or follow her dream to study at Juilliard as a cellist. But when Mia and her family is involved in a car accident, Mia falls into a deep coma.

Mia then has an out-of-body experience, observing her friends and family visit her in the hospital. With her life hanging between life and death, Mia must decide whether to slip away and die or wake up and face a life much different than originally planned.

Taking on such a heavy storyline is nothing new to Moretz. Since she was 8 years old, Moretz taken on hefty roles like in the 2005 reboot of The Amityville Horror and in the crime thriller Texas Killing Fields in 2011. Moretz is best known as the kid crime fighter “Hit-Girl” in the Kick-Ass superhero/comic book movies. She also appeared in lighter films such as Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows starring Michelle Pfeiffer & Johnny Depp and a television role in NBC’s 30 Rock.

Franco Finn sat down with Moretz, author Gayle Forman and her co-star Liana Liberato (video above) to discuss making the film. “It was exciting. I think I learned a lot about myself as an actor.” Moretz said. “I think I learned a lot about appreciating life.”

“If I Stay” arrives in Bay Area theaters and nationally Friday, August 22.

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