"I hope to make acting my career for the rest of my life, if I can. If acting doesn't work out, I'd love to produce, direct or write. I just want to stay in this business. That would be my number one thing. I always want to be an actress."ChloŽ Grace Moretz
(born February 10, 1997) is an American child actress from Atlanta
, Georgia. Moretz moved from Georgia to New York in 2001 with her mother and her older brother Trevor because he was accepted into a professional performing arts school; this initially got her interested in acting. Her Hollywood career began when she and the rest of her family moved to Los Angeles in 2003. Her first role in Hollywood was as Violet in two episodes of The Guardian
, and her first film role was as Molly in Heart of the Beholder
It was not until her second big-screen acting role in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror
that Moretz earned greater recognition in the form of a Young Artist Award nomination. After Amityville
, Moretz's acting career progressed further when she received several guest-starring roles on TV, as well as a role as one of the family children in Big Momma's House 2
. Among the most notable of her TV roles to date are Candy Stoker in an episode of My Name Is Earl
and Sherri Maltby in Desperate Housewives
. Moretz also voiced the U.S. version of Darby in My Friends Tigger & Pooh
. After her first film premiere in The Amityville Horror
, she has been a frequent guest at film premieres. She has an interest in fashion, and often wears clothes in her own distinctive style.
In 2010, Moretz appeared as Hit-Girl in director Matthew Vaughn's superhero film Kick-Ass
, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., for which she has received widespread critical acclaim. Moretz trained with Jackie Chan
and his stunt crew for three months prior to filming Kick-Ass
and did most of her own stunts while filming on location. Also that year, she played Abby, a 12-year-old vampire, in Let Me In
, the American Remake
of the Swedish film Let the Right One In
, which was released October 1, 2010. On March 30, 2010, Moretz was cast as Little Anne Sliger in the psychological thriller Texas Killing Fields
Moretz's projects for 2011 included Hugo
. She also portrayed Carolyn Stoddard in Tim Burton
's film adaptation of 1960s Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows
, released May 11, 2012. In 2013, she reprised her Star-Making Role
as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2
and starred in the re-adaptation of Stephen King
's classic Carrie
. Her upcoming projects include Laggies
, the reboot of the cult TV Show The Equalizer
, and the film adaptations of If I Stay
and Dark Places
In addition, Moretz has signed on to play the leading role in Emily The Strange
. The project was first mentioned over two years ago, when Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson announced his plans to bring the character to the big screen. First started as an iconic image in 1991 and used to promote a clothing line from Cosmic Debris, the Gothic teen has developed a backstory
through a series of Dark Horse Comics, which have been published since 2001. Said film is early in development, however, so it won't be expected for a few years yet.
- Action Girl: As Hit Girl.
- American Accents: Her parents are from Atlanta, and she spent the first few years of her life there, so in some of her earlier roles (particularly (500) Days of Summer), she had a very noticeable Southern accent. It's largely flattened out since, though.
- Badass Adorable: Particularly as her Star-Making Role as Hit Girl.
- Creepy Child / Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Enid in the Funny or Die sketch video "Scary Girl." Also her roles in Let Me In and Carrie.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Averted in real life, but she professes to intentionally seek out roles that are drastically different from her true self for the challenge.
- In The Poker House, she is the youngest daughter of a drug-addicted prostitute whose pimp is a violent pedophile.
- In Kick-Ass, she's deprived of any real childhood and is instead trained from age five by her father to be a vigilante assassin.
- In Let Me In, she is a 200+ year-old vampire masquerading as a 12-year-old girl who was raped repeatedly by her uncle prior to being turned and lives with a caretaker who commits serial murder to keep a fresh supply of blood to feed her.
- In Texas Killing Fields, the first thing we learn about her character is that she's on juvenile probation for reasons that aren't made clear. She is later kidnapped by her own older brother and his friend with the intent of murdering her before she's rescued by a hero cop.
- In Hick, she runs away from her neglectful mother and alcoholic father to hitchhike to Las Vegas. Along the way, she tries cocaine, helps rob a convenient store and gets raped by her psychopath companion (and nearly raped a second time), then shoots and kills said psychopath companion.
- In Carrie, she...well, you know the story.
- In The Equalizer, she plays a 16-year-old prostitute. 'Nuff said.
- Disappeared Dad / Missing Mom / Parental Abandonment: In virtually every single major role she's had, one or both her character's biological parents are out of the picture by the middle of the film if not from the start.
- She recently confirmed in an interview that her father has not been a part of her family for years, so it applies to her real life as well.
- Deadpan Snarker: Both in and out of character.
- Fake Nationality: In Hugo, she plays a French character using an English accent. Taken Up to Eleven because she actually managed to fool the film's casting director into believing she was English.
- Follow the Leader: Cut from the same cloth as, and by her own admission inspired by, fellow Georgians Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning. She is also frequently compared to Jodie Foster for the types of roles she's taken on at a young age.
- Hollywood Homely: In Carrie.
- I Am Not Spock / Mean Character, Nice Actor: Doesn't like being identified with her intense roles in Kick-Ass and Let Me In, claiming to be a "normal, everyday girl." She says that she likes to play such roles due to how different they are from her everyday life.
- Funny Character, Boring Actor: Or at least, Intense Character, Stern Actor. She refuses to let friends visit her on the sets of her films in order to avoid being distracted.
- Little Miss Badass: Her portrayal of Hit Girl might be the ultimate embodiment of this.
- Platonic Life Partners: She and Kick-Ass co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
- Sibling Team: She and her older brother Trevor are practically inseparable.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Her as Kaylee Hooper, to Jack Donaghy.
- Star-Making Role: Hit Girl.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Her characters in Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hick and The Equalizer.
- Played for Laughs to some degree in 30 Rock, where Kaylee Hooper is a match for Jack Donaghy in sheer ruthlessness...but her motivations are age-appropriate. For instance, she gets the contestants on America's Kidz Got Singing drunk in order to get herself expelled from her school in Philly so her grandpa would send her to a more prestigious boarding school in New York—and incidentally, her boyfriend is a freshman at NYU.
- Type Casting: Averted. Her last five film projects have her portraying, in order: a moody hippie chick who turns out to be a werewolf, a vigilante assassin, Carrie White, Keira Knightley's teenage BFF and an underage prostitute.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Both she and many of her characters.
- Younger than They Look: Combined with Wise Beyond Her Years many people have trouble remembering she's still a teenager. In some of her public appearances, she looks older◊ as well.