The R.E.M. singer, who co-produced the teen spoof, wanted to join Moore after hearing her initial rendition of the song. “He left me such a sweet little message like, ‘You have such a beautiful voice,'” Moore says. “That he wanted to be a part of it was so fucking cool. He actually invited me into his studio to meet the guys.”
In Saved! — which Stipe has likened to “monster vampire high school kind of movies, only here the monsters are Jesus-freak teenagers” — Moore stars alongside a wheelchair-bound McCauley Caulkin as a Bible-thumping senior at American Christian High.
“My character just thinks that she is so much better than everybody else because she has this personal relationship with Jesus,” Moore says. “I got to play the bad girl, which is so much more fun than what I’ve been doing: the girl who always gets the guy at the end of the film.”