Inhabiting the personality of a woman much older, Chloe Grace Moretz is the real deal. At the young age of 16 her filmography already contains a variety of high caliber performances that would make many actresses in Hollywood green with envy. Seemingly out of nowhere, after a few bit roles, she rushed onto the scene in the golden globe-nominated hit "500 Days of Summer." Although this film really launched Joseph Gordon-Levitt into the stratosphere, Moretz’s performance as JGL’s onscreen younger sister with an old soul stood out as she offered advice riddled with profanity to her older brother. She has the gift of inhabiting an adolescent body yet convincing the viewer that her appearance is only disguising a much older wisdom.
Following her appearance with JGL, she appeared in the movie adaptation of the beloved graphic novel "Kick Ass." As Hit Girl/Mindy Macready, she shocked and awed audiences throughout with a level of profanity only sailors could mimic. In addition to her crude and clever dialogue, she performed most of her own stunts, proving that youth is not an obstacle when it comes to, well, kicking ass.
Still, her best performance to date may be literally as an old soul in a young body in "Let Me In," a remake that successfully captures the nuance of its Swedish original. Her performance as the vampire Abby encapsulates Moretz in a word: maturity. At such a young age, she is able to stand ground with some of the best actors in the industry today, many times frankly outshining them as well. Last year she was opposite an all-star cast in "Dark Shadows," and regardless of its poor execution one could not help but appreciate Moretz’s few appearances onscreen, wishing she were on more. Most recently she reprised her role as the profane Hit Girl in "Kick Ass 2," again exhibiting the ability to shine even in the darkest of places. A fun film that just was not able to live up to the Matthew Vaughn-helmed original, one could not help but get sucked into Moretz’s onscreen relationship with the titular Kick Ass, played by English actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. This ability to raise the quality of a project simply with her presence is a rare thing that cannot be ignored.
Next up for the young starlet is the remake "Carrie" and "The Equalizers" opposite some heavy hitters such as Julianne Moore, Denzel Washington, and Melissa Leo. Not only does she have a bevy of films in her future but an Oscar nod may not be too far behind either.