By Claire Stern
Updated Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:30 pm
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Little girls are raised on fairy tales, and despite her enviable dream life filled with movie premieres and red carpets, Chloë Grace Moretz is no different.

We recently bumped into the actress, who's slated to star as Ariel in Universal's upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid film, at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in N.Y.C., and she lauded both the classic Hans Christian Andersen story and other beloved folkloric fantasies that have been adapted into feature films.

"The best thing about fairy tales is that they feature empowered female characters," Moretz told InStyle. "Ariel is so strong and tenacious. My goal is to show young girls that they can look up to someone who doesn't have legs too."

She added, "It's a progressive story for audiences today." Honestly, our elementary school selves are squealing with anticipation.