Actress Chloe Grace Moretz appears to be temporarily turning her back on Hollywood movies.

The young star recently attended the Deauville Film Festival, where she received the Rising Star award, only to tell The Hollywood Reporter she had dropped out of all upcoming projects, including Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

"I pulled the plug on all my movies because I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again. I'm realising that I can slow down," explained the 19-year-old, who finished filming November Criminals and Brain on Fire back-to-back earlier this year.

She later expanded on her decision when speaking to E! Online, stressing that she was not quitting the film industry, rather taking the time to experiment and take control of her career to make her performances as effective as possible.

"I'm just becoming more picky and particular about what roles I'm choosing. I think as an actor you have a huge opportunity to find yourself through the roles that you choose. I think it's my time, right now in my life, to figure out who I am and what I am and what I want and what this industry means.

"We have all these amazing streaming services and everything that's coming into our faces, and we're all just taking baby steps"

"Why not sit back, slow down, realize I'm 19 and go, 'Hey, let's make stuff that really, really hits hard with who I am and helps me figure out what it means to be a 19-year-old actor who is just doing her thing.'"

Moretz has been no stranger to taking strides of independence lately, splitting from love interest Brooklyn Beckham – son of David and Victoria Beckham – after a summer romance. The actress has previously expressed her frustration and not being reported on by the media in her own terms.

"Seriously, you don't know how often I'm just described as 'his girlfriend'," Moretz told Glamour magazine, "and you think, 'well, I've also been acting for 13 years, but don't worry'."