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Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz Cannes 2014 3.jpg
Moretz at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1997-02-10) February 10, 1997 (age 21)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Residence Studio City, Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present

Chloë Grace Moretz (/məˈrɛts/;[1] born February 10, 1997) is an American actress and model. She began acting at age six, with early roles in the supernatural horror film The Amityville Horror (2005), the drama series Desperate Housewives (2006–07), the supernatural horror film The Eye (2008), the drama film The Poker House (2008), the drama series Dirty Sexy Money (2007–08), the romantic comedy film (500) Days of Summer (2009) and the children's comedy film Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010).[2]

Moretz' breakthrough came in 2010 with her critically acclaimed performances as Hit-Girl in the superhero film Kick-Ass and as a child vampire in the horror film Let Me In. She then starred in Martin Scorsese's historical adventure film Hugo (2011), Tim Burton's horror comedy film Dark Shadows (2012), the satirical sitcom 30 Rock (2011–13), reprised her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and played Carrie White in the supernatural horror film Carrie (2013). In 2014, Moretz starred in the award-winning drama film Clouds of Sils Maria, the teen romantic drama If I Stay and the vigilante action film The Equalizer.

After starring in the mystery thriller film Dark Places (2015), the science fiction action film The 5th Wave (2016) and the comedy film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Moretz announced that she was "re-assessing" her roles and choices and was dropping out of several projects, including a live-action adaptation of Universal Studios's The Little Mermaid. Moretz' subsequent roles have included the drama film The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) and the horror film Suspiria (2018). She will star in Neil Jordan's drama thriller film Greta and will voice Snow White and Wednesday Addams in upcoming animated films. Moretz' stage work includes her starring role in the original off-Broadway production of The Library (2014) at The Public Theater in New York City.

Early life

Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Cartersville, Georgia.[3] Her mother, Teri Duke,[4] is a nurse practitioner, and her father, McCoy Moretz, is a plastic surgeon, and heir to the Moretz hosiery business, bought out in 2011 for $350 million.[5][6][7][8] She has four older brothers: Brandon, Trevor, Colin, and Ethan.[9] She has described her family as "very Christian".[10] She moved to New York City in 2002 with her mother and brother Trevor, because he had been accepted into the Professional Performing Arts School, which is what first drew her interest in acting. Moretz would help Trevor read lines.[11]

Acting career

Early roles

Moretz in April 2009

Moretz's first acting role in Hollywood was as Violet in two episodes of the CBS series 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 she earned greater recognition, receiving a Young Artist Award nomination.[12] After Amityville, Moretz received several guest-starring roles on TV, as well as a small role in Big Momma's House 2. Her recurring TV characters include Kiki George in Dirty Sexy Money and Sherri Maltby in Desperate Housewives. Moretz also voiced the U.S. version of the animated character Darby in My Friends Tigger & Pooh. Moretz also co-starred as Cammie, an abused child, in The Poker House.[13]

Breakthrough

In 2010, Moretz appeared as Hit-Girl in director Matthew Vaughn's action film Kick-Ass, based on the comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Moretz trained with Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months prior to filming and did most of her own stunts while filming on location.[14] Because of her youth, there was controversy about her role in the violent film. She received widespread critical acclaim for her performance. Roger Ebert gave the film only one star,[15] but wrote about Moretz: "Say what you will about her character, but Chloë Grace Moretz has presence and appeal." That same year, she played Abby, a 12-year-old vampire, in Let Me In (2010),[16] the UK/US remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In.[17] In November 2010, at age 13, Moretz was called "the busiest actress in Hollywood".[18]

Moretz played Ann Sliger in the 2011 crime thriller Texas Killing Fields.[19] That same year, she played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a 3D film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret,[20] which was nominated for 11 Oscars. Moretz starred in Hick, an adaptation of the novel by Andrea Portes.[21] She appeared in the 2012 Tim Burton film Dark Shadows, a remake of the soap opera, playing the role of Carolyn Stoddard,[22][23] a rebellious teenage daughter.

In 2013, she reprised her role as Hit-Girl in the sequel Kick-Ass 2.[24] The same year, she appeared in a short segment in the film Movie 43[25] and played the title character in Carrie, a remake of the 1976 film, directed by Kimberly Peirce.[26]

Moretz at the Elle Style Awards in 2013

Moretz has done voice work for video games. She reprised her role as Hit-Girl for Kick-Ass: The Game, and played young Lady Emily in Dishonored.[27] When asked in October 2012 why she tends to gravitate towards playing darker, troubled characters, Moretz responded that she has such a happy family life, and finds it challenging to play characters who are significantly different.[28] From March 25 through April 27, 2014, Moretz made her Off-Broadway debut in The Library, directed by Steven Soderbergh.[29][30]

Moretz played the protagonist, Mia, in the adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay (2014). The story follows a 17-year-old classical musician as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family and has an out-of-body experience.[31] Critical response to the film was mixed; a 35% positive rating based on 122 reviews and an average rating of 5/10 garnered by Rotten Tomatoes was accompanied by a critics' consensus praising Moretz for giving the performance "her all".[32] Moretz subsequently starred as Cassie Sullivan in The 5th Wave, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Yancey. The film was released in January 2016.[33] Hannah Minghella of Sony Pictures said Moretz "embodies the heart, strength and determination that make Cassie such a compelling character."[34]

Recent roles and re-assessment

In April 2016, Moretz was chosen to serve as one of three members of the Narrative Short Film Competition jury for the Tribeca Film Festival, alongside Mike Birbiglia and Sheila Nevins.[35] Also that year, she co-starred with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in the film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the sequel to Neighbors;[36] and headlined the drama film Brain on Fire, based on the memoir Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.[37]

In November 2015, Moretz was attached to Shane Carruth's third film, The Modern Ocean. The ensemble cast includes Asa Butterfield, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe and Keanu Reeves.[38] Also in November, Moretz was announced as the star of Universal Studios' live-action version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, to be written by Richard Curtis, though she later left the project.[39]

In September 2016, Moretz told The Hollywood Reporter that had dropped out of all of her future un-produced projects.[40] The only announced film this affected was The Little Mermaid; several other films she was slated to appear in were already in post-production. She explained: "I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again. I’m realizing that I can slow down."[40] She said that the workload that came from being in several films a year "was causing her to lose sight of why she started acting and instead focus on a film’s box office."[40] She said that she would focus on producing, including two television projects.[40] This was reported by some outlets as Moretz taking a hiatus from acting,[41] so in an interview with E! News Moretz clarified that she was not taking time off, "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... 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.'"[42]

In 2017, Moretz co-starred again with Ansel Elgort, in the crime drama November Criminals. She also appeared in that year's controversial comedy-drama I Love You, Daddy. In 2018, she will star in the horror film Suspiria, the drama film The Miseducation of Cameron Post and the thriller film The Widow.

Modeling career

Moretz has appeared in photo shoots, including editorials, features and covers, for magazines including Flaunt, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Jalouse, Marie Claire, Interview, Elle, Love, Crash Magazine, InStyle and many others. She has also been invited to various haute couture events, such as Dior Spring / Summer 2013 at Paris Fashion Week. Max Mara's signature in 2012 granted her the "Max Mara Face of the Future" award.[43] In 2012, Moretz also became the face of American youth clothing retailer Aéropostale, appearing at various events, videos and reports.[44] In February 2013, Elle magazine awarded her with the "Next Future Icon Award" at the Elle Style Awards gala held in London.[45]

Personal life

Moretz lives in Studio City, Los Angeles.[46][47] Her brother Brandon serves as her business manager;[48] her brother Trevor has been her acting coach since 2010, and accompanies her on trips and press dates when her parents are unable to attend.[49]

Moretz has publicly supported LGBT equality.[50] She considers herself a feminist, and has turned down film roles which she believes are overtly sexualized. She took on the role of a teenage prostitute in the 2014 film The Equalizer because her character "felt so real", rather than a mere "plot device".[51] In October 2014, Moretz was named one of the 25 Most Influential Teens of the year by Time magazine.[52]

Filmography

Moretz at the Hugo premiere in New York in November 2011

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Amityville Horror Chelsea Lutz
2005 Heart of the Beholder Molly
2005 Today You Die St. Thomas Hospital Girl
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Carrie Fuller
2006 Room 6 Melissa Norman
2006 Wicked Little Things Emma Tunny
2007 Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Darby (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2007 Hallowed Ground Sabrina
2007 The Third Nail Hailey
2008 The Eye Alicia
2008 The Poker House Cammie
2008 Bolt Young Penny (voice)
2009 Not Forgotten Toby Bishop
2009 (500) Days of Summer Rachel Hansen
2009 Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too Darby (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2009 Jack and the Beanstalk Jillian
2010 Kick-Ass Mindy McCready / Hit-Girl
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Angie Steadman
2010 Super Duper Super Sleuths Darby (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2010 Let Me In Abby
2011 Our Deal Veronica Short film
2011 Texas Killing Fields Little Ann Sliger
2011 Hick Luli McMullen
2011 Hugo Isabelle
2011 Scary Girl Enid Krysinski Short film
2012 Dark Shadows Carolyn Stoddard
2013 Movie 43 Amanda Segment: "Middleschool Date"
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Mindy McCready / Hit-Girl
2013 Carrie Carrie White
2013 Girl Rising Narrator Documentary
2014 Laggies Annika
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Newspaper Delivery Girl Cameo
2014 Clouds of Sils Maria Jo-Anne Ellis
2014 If I Stay Mia Hall
2014 The Equalizer Alina / Teri
2014 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Kaguya Houraisan (voice) English dub
2015 Dark Places Young Diondra Wertzner
2016 The 5th Wave Cassie Sullivan
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Shelby
2016 Brain on Fire Susannah Cahalan
2017 I Love You, Daddy China Topher
2017 November Criminals Phoebe "Digger"
2018 The Miseducation of Cameron Post Cameron Post
2018 Suspiria Patricia Hingle
2018 Greta Frances
2019 Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs Snow White (voice) Post-production
2019 The Addams Family Wednesday Addams (voice) Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Guardian Violet 2 episodes
2005 Family Plan Young Charlie Television film
2005 My Name Is Earl Candy Stoker Episode: "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine"
2006 The Emperor's New School Furi (voice) Episode: "Kuzcogarten"
2006–2007 Desperate Housewives Sherri Maltby 2 episodes
2007 The Cure Emily Pilot
2007–2008 Dirty Sexy Money Kiki George 7 episodes
2007–2010 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Darby (voice) 87 episodes
2011–2013 30 Rock Kaylie Hooper 3 episodes
2013 American Dad! Honey (voice) Episode: "Steve & Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure"
2015 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Boodles (voice) Episode: "Mickey's Monster Musical"

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Library Caitlin Gabriel The Public Theatre

Music videos

Year Song Artist
2010 "Answer to Yourself" The Soft Pack
2011 "Our Deal" Best Coast
2011 "Ouch" Dionne Bromfield featuring Mz Bratt

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2010 Kick-Ass: The Game Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl
2012 Dishonored Emily Kaldwin[53]
2014 Kick-Ass 2: The Game Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl

Awards and nominations

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