Chloë Grace Moretz (born February 10, 1997) is an American actress and model. At the age of seven, she began her acting career with performances in films and series such as The Amityville Horror, (500) Days of Summer, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Momma's House 2, Desperate Housewives, and Dirty Sexy Money, for which she received numerous Young Artist Awards nominations.
She received worldwide recognition for her breakthrough performance as Hit-Girl in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass. Her praise continued with her roles in the critically acclaimed films Let Me In and Hugo.
Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother, Terri (née Duke), is a nurse, and her father, McCoy Lee Moretz, is a plastic surgeon. Moretz has four older brothers; Brandon, Trevor, Colin, and Ethan. She has described her family as "very Christian". One of her brothers, Trevor Duke Moretz, is her acting coach and accompanies her on trips and press dates when her parents are unable to attend.
Moretz moved from Georgia to New York in 2001, with her mother and her older brother, Trevor, because he was accepted into a professional performing arts school; this initially got her interested in acting. Her Hollywood career began when she and the rest of her family moved to Los Angeles in 2003.
Her first role in Hollywood was as Violet in two episodes of the series The Guardian, and her first movie role was as Molly in Heart of the Beholder.
It was not until her second big-screen acting role, in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror that she earned greater recognition in the form of a Young Artist Award nomination. After Amityville, Moretz's acting career progressed further when she received several guest-starring roles on TV, as well as a role as one of the family children in Big Momma's House 2. Among the most notable of her TV roles to date are as the recurring characters Kiki George in Dirty Sexy Money, and Sherri Maltby in Desperate Housewives. Moretz also voiced the U.S. version of the animated character Darby in My Friends Tigger & Pooh. Moretz also co-starred as Cammie an abused child in The Poker House alongside Selma Blair and Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence.
After her first film premiere in The Amityville Horror, she has been a frequent guest at film premieres. She has an interest in fashion, and often wears clothes in her own distinctive style.
In 2010, Moretz appeared as Hit-Girl in director Matthew Vaughn's superhero film Kick-Ass, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., for which she has received widespread critical acclaim. Moretz trained with Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months prior to filming Kick-Ass and did most of her own stunts while filming on location. Also that year, she played Abby, a 12-year-old vampire in Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, which was released on October 1, 2010. She played Ann Sliger in the crime thriller Texas Killing Fields, which was released on October 14, 2011.
Moretz played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and will star in Hick, an adaptation of the novel by Andrea Portes.
The young actress will appear in the soon to be released Dark Shadows (2012). Moretz will play the roll of Carolyn Stoddard, Elizabeth's rebellious teenage daughter.
Moretz has signed on to play the leading role in Emily the Strange. The project was first mentioned over two years ago, when Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson announced his plans to bring the character to the big screen. First started as an iconic image in 1991 and used to promote a clothing line from Cosmic Debris, the Gothic teen has developed a back story through a series of Dark Horse Comics, which have been published since 2001.
In March 2012, Moretz signed on to The Drummer, a biopic about the last six years of the life Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys. She will star alongside Aaron Eckhart, Rupert Grint and Vera Farmiga.
In March 2012, Moretz announced that she will portray the title character in an adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie. The film will be directed by Kimberly Peirce and produced by MGM.