For most 17-year-old girls, life hasn’t yet dished out much in the way of fame and fortune, but there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, and Chloe Moretz is one of them.
Born February 10, 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia, Chloe has packed a rather astounding amount of activity into the years since she turned seven.
At that age she already ‘had an interest’ in the world according to Hollywood, mostly because her older brother Trevor enlisted her help reading lines for his classes at the Professional Performing Arts School in New York.
Her parents encouraged Chloe to start auditioning for her own parts, and it didn’t take long at all for her to land her first TV role as Violet in The Guardian series (for two episodes) and then the role of Molly in a movie called Heart of the Beholder. In the same year (2005) she made a bigger impression in a bigger production – The Amityville Horror – which got her nominated for a Young Artist Award; she also had a small role in Today You Die.
After that Chloe’s resume reads like that of a much older actress, with roles in more than ten television productions including ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ and ’30 Rock’ as well as a voice role of Darby in ‘My Friends Tigger and Pooh’ (just to remind you she’s still only a child, by ordinary reckoning.)
Chloe’s list of movie roles is dizzying, starting with three in 2006 (Big Momma’s House 2, Room 6 and Wicked Little Things. In 2007 she must have taken a breath or two since she had only two roles that included a voice role (Darby in Pooh’s Super Sleuth Christmas Movie) and Sabrina in the film Hallowed Ground. 2008 was a very busy year, with two voice roles and four fairly forgettable movies, then 2009 with Not Forgotten and (500) Days of Summer.
It was her 2010 role as Hit-Girl in the action film Kick-Ass that got real notice; the movie was mediocre, according to critic Roger Ebert, but Chloe’s was a memorable performance. She also played a young vampire in Let Me In and Angie in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In 2011 Chloe got five more film roles under her belt, the most memorable as Little Ann Sliger in Texas Killing Fields and Isabelle in Hugo.
The role of Carolyn Stoddard in Dark Shadows is the only one listed in 2012, but a pattern seems to be appearing. The barely-teen actress tends towards the ‘darker’ roles, as evidenced in her 2013 roster, when she’s back as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2 and stars as Carrie in a remake of Stephen King’s horror/thriller by that name.
Unlike many of her contemporaries, she actually read the book and said that her biggest challenge was living up to her character as portrayed by the author. As of 2014 Chloe has one movie (Laggies) in the can and four in post-production, and she has signed on for a stage production (Off Broadway) called The Library, directed by Steven Soderbergh.
In between all that hard work, there have been more ‘Young Artist’ awards than we can count, but there is no indication that all this celebrity has gone to Chloe’s head. Her chief mentors are still her mother and her brother, with both clearly more interested in her welfare than her film credits.
One of her ‘works in progress’ is a sequel to The Equalizer, which critics say actually earned a sequel. She’ll be playing a prostitute opposite Denzel Washington as a retired intelligence officer. Equalizer 2 is not officially in production at this time, but it it’s not Chloe’s next project, another one is sure to be in the offing.
If Chloe has a ‘life model’ it’s probably Wonder Woman, and she has expressed more than a little interest in becoming that sort of prototype – a female action figure who is also a strong character rather than a stereotype designed by males. Chloe Moretz turned 17 on 10 February; with about 30 movies and numerous TV roles already behind her it’s anybody’s guess what lies ahead.