Chloë Moretz is currently starring in Kick Ass 2, the sequel to the controversial movie Kick Ass, in which she also starred. Born in 1997, she began acting at the age of seven and has appeared in a number of major motion pictures including the remake of The Amityville Horror, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Let Me In and Dark Shadows.
Moretz’ character, Hit Girl, has been the subject of some controversy due to the character’s bad language and the graphic violence in many of her scenes. Moretz herself is philosophical about the demands of the role, demonstrating a maturity many of the critics would do well to take notice of when she stated that ‘I would never in a million years say [the words I do in Kick
Ass]. I’m an average, everyday girl.’
This ability to draw a firm distinction between her personal life and her work is likely to serve her well as she makes the transition to more adult parts, starting with her taking the title role in next year’s remake of the 1976 classic film, Carrie. Here are some other child actors who managed to continue to attract roles once they grew up.
Jodie Foster is a multi-award winning actress, having won Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Acting since the age of three, the role which first brought her major acclaim was the character of Iris in the ultraviolent Taxi Driver, co-starring alongside Robert De Niro. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the role, but it wasn’t until 1989 that she won an Oscar for Best Actress, for The Accused.
Before she attended college, Foster had made almost 50 film and television appearances. However, despite her impressive track record, she initially struggled to make the break into adult roles, as many of the films she made as a young adult were commercial failures. As a result, she had to audition for her award-winning part of Sarah Tobias in The Accused.
Once she won the Best Actress Academy Award, her career went from strength to strength and in 1991, she won her second Academy Award for her depiction of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. Since then, she’s also directed many movies, and in 2013, she was given the Cecil B DeMille Award, reserved for filmmakers and actors ‘who have had a definite impact on the world of entertainment.’