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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
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present

Chloë Grace Moretz (/məˈrɛts/;[1] born February 10, 1997) is an American actress and model. She began her film career at age seven, with roles in The Amityville Horror (2005), The Poker House (2008), (500) Days of Summer (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) and Let Me In (2010).[2]

Moretz' breakthrough came in 2010 with her performance as Hit-Girl in the superhero film Kick-Ass and its 2013 sequel Kick-Ass 2. She has since starred in numerous films, such as Hugo (2011), Dark Shadows (2012), Carrie (2013), If I Stay (2014), The Equalizer (2014), The 5th Wave (2016) and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016). Her stage work includes her performance in the off-Broadway production of The Library (2014) at The Public Theater.

She has been featured in covers and editorials for publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle.

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.[5][6][7] She has four older brothers: Brandon, Trevor, Colin, and Ethan.[8] She has described her family as "very Christian".[9] 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.[10]



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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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,[14] 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),[15] the U.K./U.S. remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In.[16] In November 2010, at age 13, Moretz was called "the busiest actress in Hollywood".[17]

Moretz played Ann Sliger in the 2011 crime thriller Texas Killing Fields.[18] That same year, she played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a 3-D film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret,[19] which was nominated for 11 Oscars. It co-starred Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helen McCrory. Moretz starred in Hick, an adaptation of the novel by Andrea Portes.[20] She appeared in the 2012 Tim Burton film Dark Shadows, a remake of the popular soap opera, playing the role of Carolyn Stoddard,[21][22] a rebellious teenage daughter.

In 2013, she reprised her role as Hit-Girl in the sequel Kick-Ass 2.[23] The same year, she appeared in a short segment in the film Movie 43[24] and played the title character in a remake of the Stephen King-based film, Carrie, directed by Kimberly Peirce.[25]

Moretz at the Elle Style Awards in 2013

Moretz also 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.[26] 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.[27] From March 25 through April 27, 2014, Moretz made her Off-Broadway debut in The Library, directed by Steven Soderbergh.[28][29]

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.[30] 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".[31] 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.[32] Hannah Minghella of Sony Pictures said Moretz "embodies the heart, strength and determination that make Cassie such a compelling character."[33]

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.[34] Also that year, she co-starred with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in the film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the sequel to Neighbors;[35] and headlined the drama film Brain on Fire, based on the memoir by Susannah Cahalan.[36] In 2016, Moretz stated "I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again. I’m realizing that I can slow down." She will also focus on producing, including two television projects.[37]

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.

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]

Modeling career

Moretz has starred in numerous photo shoots, including editorials, features and covers, for magazines including Flaunt, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Jalouse, Marie Claire, Interview, Elle, Love Magazine, 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.[40] In 2012, Moretz also became the face of American youth clothing retailer Aéropostale, appearing at various events, videos and reports.[41] In February 2013, Elle magazine awarded her with the "Next Future Icon Award" at the "Elle Style Awards" gala held in London.[42]

Personal life

Moretz lives in Studio City, Los Angeles.[43][44] Her brother Brandon serves as her business manager;[45] 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.[46]

Moretz has publicly supported LGBT equality.[47] She considers herself a feminist, and has turned down film roles which 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".[48] In October 2014, Moretz was named one of the 25 Most Influential Teens of the year by Time magazine.[49]


Moretz at the Hugo premiere in New York in November 2011


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 Third Nail, TheThe Third Nail Hailey
2008 Eye, TheThe Eye Alicia
2008 Poker House, TheThe 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 Post-production
2018 Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs Snow White (voice) Post-production
2018 The Widow Frances In production


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"


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

Music videos

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

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2010 Kick-Ass: The Game Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl
2012 Dishonored Emily Kaldwin[50]
2014 Kick-Ass 2: The Game Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result
2006 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger The Amityville Horror Nominated
2007 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Big Momma's House 2 Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Desperate Housewives Nominated
2008 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role My Friends Tigger & Pooh Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress Dirty Sexy Money Nominated
2010 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Actress (500) Days of Summer Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Female Breakout Kick-Ass Nominated
Scream Award for Best Fantasy Actress Nominated
Scream Award for Best Superhero Nominated
Scream Award for Best Breakthrough Performance – Female Won
2011 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Hero Won
MTV Movie Award for Biggest Badass Star Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Mark Strong) Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress Kick-Ass & Let Me In Nominated
Empire Award for Best Newcomer[51] Won
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor[52] Let Me In Won
Scream Award for Best Horror Actress Won
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film Diary of a Wimpy Kid Won
2012 People's Choice Award Favorite Movie Star Under 25 Hugo Won
Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film[53] Won
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor[54] Nominated
Women in Film Crystal Awards Face of the Future[55] N/A Won
2013 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor[56] Dark Shadows Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Biggest Teen Bad Kicking Ass Kick-Ass 2 Won
Elle Style Award for Next Future Icon N/A Won
2014 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor[57] Carrie Won
1st People Magazine Awards for Next Generation Star[58] N/A Won
Young Hollywood Awards Fan Favorite Actor Female[59] N/A Won
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress[60] N/A Won
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Equalizer Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama[61] If I Stay Won
2016 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy[62] Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Won
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi /Fantasy The 5th Wave Nominated


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