While many child actors seem like cookie cut outs rolling off a never ending assembly line, Chloe Grace Moretz has distinguished herself from her peers since before she was old enough to even know such a thing was necessary. When Martin Scorcese seeks you out for a film role while you are still a teenager, you’re doing something right. Jodie Foster would probably concur.
Chloe Grace Moretz was born on February 10th, 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon, and Terri (Duke) Moretz, a nurse. The youngest of five children, Chloe has four older brothers, Ethan, Colin, Trevor, and Brandon. Chloe says she caught the “acting bug” when she was six, while reciting lines with her brother Trevor, then a student at NYC’s Professional Performing Arts High School (… Trevor would later become her acting coach, often accompanying her on location shoots and at press junkets when her parents are not available). In 2001, Chloe moved to New York with her mother. By 2003, the entire Moretz brood moved to Los Angeles.
Chloe made professional acting debut in 2004 on the CBS drama The Guardian. The following year, she made her first theatrical appearance in the film Heart of the Beholder. Also in 2005, Chloe appeared as Chelsea Lutz in the remake of The Amityville Horror, opposite Ryan Reynolds – the role earned her a Young Artist Award nomination. Other TV and film roles followed, including My Name is Earl (2005), Big Momma’s House 2 (2006), Desperate Housewives (2006-07), The Eye (2008, with Jessica Alba), and 500 Days of Summer (2009). Around this period, Chloe also did some voice over work for the Disney series My Friends Tigger and Pooh.
By 2010, Chloe was becoming more in demand, and was sought out by director Matthew Vaughn for his film version of the hit graphic novel Kick-Ass. Chloe played the foul-mouthed Hit Girl, and her performance in the controversial film was widely lauded by audiences and critics alike. She also did most of her own stunts, after training with Jackie Chan’s stunt crew for three months. Later that same year, Chloe starred as Abby in Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. Let Me In tanked at the US box office, which was a shame because, as author Stephen King put it, the film was “the best American horror film in the last 20 years.” I don’t know if I agree with that statement, but it was extremely good (and Chloe was extremely good in it) – especially for a film that really didn’t need a remake. She also appeared in Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), 30 Rock (2011), and Texas Killing Fields (2011).
Enter acclaimed director Martin Scorcese, who selected Chloe for the role of Isabelle in his 3D adventure Hugo. Given this departure for the director, who usually made violent crime dramas, the marketing was lacking and left many audiences confused as to whether or not this was a children’s movie or … something else. While it suffered initially at the box office, most viewers (including myself) agreed that Hugo was one of the most remarkable films ever made, and even surpassed James Cameron’s Avatar for 3D quality and innovation. Hugo is one incredible film, made all the more so by Chloe Moretz’s subtle performance.
Chloe will also appear in Tim Burton’s remake of the 1970s vampire soap Dark Shadows (2012 – starring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer). She has also signed on to play Emily the Strange, a film adaptation of the cult Dark Horse comic.
Chloe enjoys ballet, gymnastics, basketball, swimming, playing with her dogs, and being called Chloe Grace as opposed to just Chloe. She also adheres to the Christian faith in which she was raised.
This writer is not clairvoyant, but I see big things ahead for this talented young actress.
Chloe Grace Moretz Quotes:
“My mom has always said that if I get a big head, she'll take me out of this business as quickly as I got into it.”
“If I ever uttered one word that I said in 'Kick-Ass', I would be grounded for years! I'd be stuck in my room until I was 20! I would never in a million years say that. I'm an average, everyday girl. When I act with my friends, I'm totally immature. I have to go to bed at 9:30, and, if I'm up late on the computer, I lose it for two months.”
“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.”