Sunday, October 13, 2013

Chloë Grace Moretz |

Born in Atlanta, GA on Feb. 10, 1997, she was the sole daughter of five children; father McCoy was a plastic surgeon, while mother Teri was a nurse. Older brother Trevor was the first in the family to develop an interest in acting. After practicing running lines with him, she became captivated by the craft as well, and began auditioning for roles after she moved to Los Angeles with her parents and siblings in 2003. Within a year, she had earned her first screen role with a guest shot on “The Guardian” (CBS, 2001-04). Her feature film debut came in the independent film “Heart of the Beholder” in 2005.

That same year, Moretz made the quantum leap to Hollywood films with the 2005 remake of “The Amityville Horror,” which cast her as the youngest daughter of the Lutz family who move into and quickly out of the haunted title house. Her ability to appear believable in a genre picture – which led to her first Young Artist Award nomination – was followed by a string of appearances in other horror titles, including the indies “Room 6″ (2006) with Christine Taylor, “Wicked Little Things” (2006) with Scout Taylor-Compton, and “Hallowed Ground” (2007), as well as the Paramount Vantage remake of “The Eye” (2008) starring Jessica Alba. In between her terror outings, Moretz also starred in less nerve-rattling fare like “Big Momma’s House 2″ (2006), and voiced Darby, the new best friend of Winnie-the-Pooh for two seasons of the Disney Channel animated series, “My Friends Tigger & Pooh” (2007- ). Moretz also sang the theme song to the series in its second season, as well as voiced the character in several direct-to-DVD “Pooh” movies. Both “Pooh” and “Big Momma” netted her Young Artist Award nominations.

In 2007, Moretz gained two more Young Artist nominations; first for a guest shot on “Desperate Housewives” (ABC, 2005- ), and later for the recurring role of Peter Krause’ daughter in the ABC comedy-drama, “Dirty Sexy Money” (2007-09). Her character, Kiki, is entranced by the glamorous and wealthy word of the Darling family, for whom her father serves as babysitter, but comes to see their corrupting influence when he falls for one of the family members. She then returned to voice-over acting as Young Penny in Pixar’s hit feature “Bolt” (2008) before gaining widespread critical acclaim for “(500) Days of Summer” (2008). The charming indie romance gave her the plum role of Rachel, the younger and far wiser sister to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s lovestruck dreamer, who cannot separate his fantasies from the reality of his relationship with Zooey Deschanel’s Summer. The performance earned her a sixth Young Artist nod.

Moretz’s career kicked into high gear in 2010. First out of the gate was “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” a live-action/animated adaptation of the popular series of kids’ books by Jeff Kinney. Moretz played Angie, a savvy seventh grader who attempts to guide Zachary Gordon through the terrors of sixth grade. A substantial hit among the pre-teen set, it was soon eclipsed by “Kick-Ass,” Matthew Vaughn’s hyper-violent and exuberantly absurd live action version of Mark Miller and John Romita, Jr.’s comic book. Moretz scored the most positive reviews for the film as Hit-Girl, a pint-sized vigilante whose merciless attitude towards evildoers was matched only by her jaw-dropping use of vulgar language. Moretz’s lines occasionally courted controversy from pundits and minor political figures – most notably the Australian Family Association, which decried the use of such language from a young actress.

“Kick-Ass” put Moretz front and center on the young Hollywood map, leading Entertainment Weekly named her among the Top 10 performers to watch in 2010, and the film industry soon flocked to her door with projects. She was quickly snapped up for “Let Me In” (2010), the highly anticipated and controversial remake of the Norwegian vampire film “Let the Right One In” (2008), in which Moretz was cast as a young girl who befriends a lonely boy who is unaware that she is a centuries-old and voraciously hungry vampire. Moretz was also announced as a cast member in Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” (2011), an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott Medal-winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.



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