MOTW: Meet the Adorably Versatile Young Actress Chloe Grace Moretz

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October 17th, 2013

MOTW: Meet the Adorably Versatile Young Actress Chloe Grace Moretz

When Chloe Grace Moretz was just five years old, her family moved to New York to support her older brother in his dream of becoming a theatrical actor. However, her brother, Trevor, recognized Chloe Grace's innate talent for acting and switched careers with his sister. Trevor would later be Chloe's acting coach, guru, producer, and mentor.

Moretz was only seven years old when she started her acting career in the television series "The Guardian," in which she portrayed the character of Violet for two episodes. A year later, Moretz gained considerable recognition when she was cast in the American horror film "The Amityville Horror." The movie was a worldwide box-office hit, and Moretz got her first Young Artist Award nomination for her excellent portrayal of Chelsea Lutz. She landed recurring and memorable TV roles in "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Desperate Housewives." She also participated in the 2006 hit comedy movie "Big Momma's House 2" and in the 2008 American drama film "Poker Face," in which she got the chance to work with Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. Twelve-year-old Moretz also played the role of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sister in the 2009 Golden Globe-nominated dramedy "500 Days of Summer."

The year 2010 was a big one for Moretz. After playing the role of a sweet and supportive sister in "500 Days of Summer," she was selected to play the role of Hit-Girl, a foulmouthed, violent vigilante, for the superhero action movie "Kick-Ass." To prepare for the role, the then-thirteen-year-old Moretz trained with Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months. The movie received positive reviews from critics and multiple award nominations. Moretz took home two MTV Movie Awards for "Kick-Ass," including Best Breakout Star and Best Badass Star.

In the same year, Moretz played the role of a vampire kid for the romantic horror movie "Let Me In," a remake of the Swedish movie titled "Let the Right One In." She auditioned for the role of the vampire girl, Abby, in 2009 and was cast before the release of her movie "Kick-Ass." It was later revealed that Matthew Vaughn, the director of "Kick-Ass," recommended Moretz to "Let Me In" director Matt Reeves because of the exceptional performance the young actress gave in Vaughn's movie. "Let Me In" received critical acclaim. The great horror novelist Stephen King called it "the best American horror film in the last twenty years." Moretz and fellow actor Kodi Smith-McPhee were praised for their mature onscreen acting. She received numerous awards, including the Breakthrough Artist at the Austin Film Critics Association Awards and the Best Performance by a Younger Actor at the Saturn Awards.

Moretz starred in the 2010 film adaptation of the novel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," in which she played the character Angie Steadman, a levelheaded girl who works for the school newspaper and befriends the main character. The movie drew a decent crowd considering it was a special-effects-free adaptation of a realistic-fiction children's book. It also did well at the box office, grossing more than $100 million worldwide. In 2011, Moretz won her first Young Artist Award together with the ensemble cast of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."

The year 2011 was equally busy for Moretz with four projects lined up, including two short films and the crime film "Texas Killing Fields." She landed her first leading role in "Hick," a dramatic feature film directed by Derick Martini. It was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her most successful film in 2011 was "Hugo," a 3-D historical drama directed by the highly acclaimed Martin Scorsese. Although the film was not a box-office success, it garnered many positive reviews, and it was named by Richard Corliss of "Time" magazine as one of the top ten best movies of 2011. "Hugo" won five Academy Awards in the same year, including Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Moretz took home her first individual Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film in the Leading Young Actress category.

Moretz continues to evolve into an exceptional actress, and she is considered one of the most promising young actresses of her generation. After reprising her role as Hit-Girl in "Kick-Ass 2," Moretz is set to come back to the big screen with "Carrie," a film remake of Stephen King's 1974 supernatural horror novel. She plays the role of Carrie White, a sixteen-year-old girl who has powerful telekinetic powers. Moretz is currently busy filming her next projects, which are slated for release in 2014, including the thriller "The Equalizer," where she will star alongside Denzel Washington.