Like many child stars, Chloe Moretz seems wise beyond her years due not only to her articulate interviews but also her ability to hold the screen. She has an undeniable presence, and a history of chasing interesting roles.
Even when she was very young and relegated to cutesy kids-star roles, Moretz was popping up in horror flicks like "The Amityville Horror" and "Wicked Little Things." Before long, she graduated to some truly daring stuff in "Kick-Ass," a revelatory turn that showed her ability to handle the difficult and controversial role of a sadistic, foul-mouthed preteen avenger in Hit-Girl.
Such a role echoed Natalie Portman's turn in "The Professional," or even Jodie Foster's benchmark performance in "Taxi Driver," as a young actress tackling a challenge. While the characters for these performances are wildly different, each actress infused them with a forceful sense of authenticity; even though Hit-Girl is an absurd caricature on the page, Moretz turned her into a well-rounded and unforgettable character that transcended the inherent shock value.
Two years since the release of "Kick-Ass," Hit-Girl's deranged antics leave less of an impression than the odd, unexpected rapport she formed with her fellow wannabe superheroes. As the actress inhabiting the part, Moretz is responsible for that.
Since then, Moretz has featured in "Let Me In" and worked with the likes of Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, meaning she's already accomplished more in her 15 years than most of us will during our whole lives. An endorsement from Scorsese especially carries a lot of currency.
The fact that she has a couple of movies being released in "Hick" and "Dark Shadows" would point to 2012 as a breakout summer, but hasn't Moretz already arrived? It probably helps that Moretz has landed roles in some mostly excellent movies in the past couple of years, but she's easily among the most intriguing young actresses working today, doing everything from the weird to the sweet and straight-laced.
Her horizon seems promising, too; a lot of people are sort of groaning at the thought of a "Carrie" remake, but her work in "Let Me In" especially makes it seem Moretz will be able to handle both the dark and innocent aspects of Stephen King's character. The potential pairing of the young star with Julianne Moore as Carrie's psychotic mother also adds promise to the prospect of a remake. Plus, anyone who sticks around and shows a true passion for the horror genre is OK in my book -- I think we'll be lucky to have Moretz in horror for her entire career.
Nothing's really a sure thing in Hollywood, where child actors come and go before fading into obscurity, but it would be shocking if Moretz doesn't have a long, prolific career.
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