Must Read: Great NY Times Profile on Actress 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.