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Must Read: Great NY Times Profile on Actress Chloe Moretz

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April 12, 2010
Source: NY Times

Chloe Moretz

Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass finally hits US theaters this weekend and that means everyone will get to spend some time with the unforgettable Hit Girl, played absolutely perfectly by the very talented Chloe Moretz. Late last week, the NY Times published a profile on the young actress that's a must read for anyone who is a fan. The article is positioned somewhat as a safety response to the recent parental complaints about a girl that young saying and doing the things she does in Kick-Ass, and also just as a profile of an up-and-coming actress who, even at only 13 years old, is already vastly more mature than her age and incredibly talented.

Here's one of my favorite excerpts from the article talking about other movie characters similar to Hit Girl.

For Chloë herself, Hit Girl was an opportunity to keep pace with her cinematic idols, to do something "no other kid had done except for Natalie Portman in Léon," she said, using the European title for The Professional.

Not that Ms. Moretz knows that Luc Besson film firsthand. "I haven't even seen it now," she said glumly. "I'm not allowed."

Nor had she seen many of the performances that Trevor regarded as Hit Girl's antecedents, including Ms. Jolie in Wanted and Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver. She was, however, given a special dispensation to watch Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill movies. "It was hilarious," Ms. Moretz said. "It's not like, 'Oh, I'm killing people with real blood.' It's fake."

Moretz "team" is made up of her mother and her 23-year-old brother Trevor (one of four brothers), who not only read every script she's sent (and help her make acting decisions), but Trevor is her acting coach as well. If you haven't been able to tell, Moretz is very smart, and she knows what she's got to do to build her career. Each film she is in "sets a new brick in my acting wall. The more bricks I have, the better I am at acting." That comparison to a young Natalie Portman may be dead on accurate - she has the potential to become as big of a star as Portman is today, or at least I think she does. So head over to the NY Times to read the full profile. Be on the look out for Moretz in Kick-Ass this weekend and Matt Reeves' Let Me In later this year.

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  • DaftPUNKFAN
    cant wait for this movie 😀
  • murdock
    She should be learning her math.
  • Kevin
    Potential !
  • Xerxex
    see this!? Kick-ass did not leave any long term damage on her mental health, so all the overly concerned parents can clam down. I think she can have a well off career. @Murdock math is overrated, all one needs to know is Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Divison thats it...the rest is bullshit.
  • crumb
    she has chosen her movies very good so far. 500 days being one of the best of 2009, and Kick Ass and Let Me In and The Invention of Hugo Cabret having potential for the best of 2010.
  • @Xerxex one more time Agree with you mr .. Now, She has potential .. a lot ..just hope that potencial become a great actress and not just another Macaulay-Culkin´s potential wasted.
  • MiKa
    I saw it at an advanced screening in Australia 2 weeks ago, and loved it.. It came out officially last week and saw it again lol... IMO everything in the movie works. I loved the audiences reaction to Hit girl, it was priceless, when i saw it the second time 3 people got up and left the cinema, they still had drinks and popcorn in there hands as they were leavin, dunno why, but would loved to have asked them.. Cant wait for a sequal, or maybe a hit girl spin-off...
  • graffiti bandit
    This whole people worship thing needs to come to a screeching halt.
  • CSGabriel
    So I don't get it. The parents will let their daughter play in a movie like Kick-Ass but they won't let her watch Wanted or Taxi Driver. Wtf? So watching violence and profanity is worse than acting it out? Some parents are just ass backwards.
  • Lincoln
    Love her! Can't wait to see her in Let Me In!
  • Audrey
    I personally don't think she is that talented. She is obviously well trained, but that's not due to her intelligence, it's due to her ambition. I know we are desperate to find "The new Natalie Portman", but I wouldn't really go that far with this Chloe girl. We need to be patient, because someone will come up, just hasn't yet.
  • OYCIM
    I agree with the comment above, and might add that judging from her pictures, she looks pretty empty and stupid to me...
  • andrew
    totally fell in love with her in 500days of summer, i'd watch anything with her in it !
  • Great article and I loved her last comment. 😀
  • Xerxex
    #12 insightful, "stupid" and "empty" nice.
  • David Banner
    Chloe Moretz in Kick Ass: 10/10 The Movie I give 9.5/10. The missing 0.5 being I really want to see it again to be sure it's the best film I have seen this year :)
  • SlashBeast
    I find it funny how people think that any of the upcoming actors in this movie are going to have any career. This bitch might, but the rest of them are almost guaranteed to flounder into obscurity. Remember Foggle? What's he done since Superbad other than this? Oh, right, nothing.
  • Rhonda Graves
    There is a big difference in allowing her to see adult movies and allowing her to act in them. I don't think anyone has any business in judging her parents. I knew them personally before Chloe became famous, and they're not only great role models for their on children, but they took it seriously to nurture all children in our community. Even though they were extremely busy in their successful careers, they took the time every week to go to the school and lead Bible studies and groups to ensure that all of the local students were exposed to strong values and have been great role models for countless children, including my own. So unless you know her mom, don't presumptions about her because she allows her daughter to "act" a certain role. I happen to know she's taught her the difference between real life and acting, and I'm equally certain that she's set high expectations for Chloe's real-life character!

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