Chloe Moretz: Biggest Kid Star in Hollywood

The biggest kid star in Hollywood these days doesn't star in a TV show, hasn’t put out a CD, never won a Kids’ Choice Award, and plays the lead role in Martin Scorsese's next film. She's 13-year-old Chloe Moretz, and if you haven't heard of her yet, you will soon. With Moretz’s latest movie, Let Me In, opening this weekend, here's a chance to know this young actress even before your kids do.

A former child model, Moretz is probably best known as the purple-haired, foul-mouthed superhero Hit-Girl in the 2010 movie Kick-Ass. But she also appeared in this year's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and (500) Days of Summer. Moretz's first big role was as a daughter becoming a bit too chummy with a sinister ghost in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror.

Dark subjects are something of a specialty for Moretz. In addition to her Amityville experience, she plays a 12-year-old vampire in Let Me In. Judging by the film trailer, her young vampire, Abby, can teach both Team Edward and Team Jacob a thing or two about supernatural spookiness. (In case you're keeping score at home, this is the third R-rated film in which the tween has appeared.)

Most recently, Moretz has agreed to play the young goth lead in the upcoming film Emily the Strange. Like Kick-Ass, Emily is based on a series of popular graphic novels.

But the pinnacle of Moretz’s already stellar career is playing Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's highly-anticipated adaptation of the classic children's book Hugo Cabret. The film, which is scheduled for a December 2011 release, also stars Jude Law, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen.

In a world where so many kid stars seem manufactured and marketed for popular consumption, it's nice to see an actress -- in the mold of Dakota Fanning -- achieving success the old fashioned way: By acting. 

Is it a bad idea for kids to  idolize a child actress who does R-rated films? Chime in now!

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