Chloë Moretz: Young Adult

A far cry from Hannah Montana or iCarly, 16-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz-star of Kick-Ass 2 and Carrie-represents a new breed of disarmingly talented starlets garnering fans of all ages.

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February 8, 2013 9:00 AM
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A Rising Starlet

Heaven help teenage girls! As if the cattiness, boy-craziness, and angst formerly reserved for noted passed in class or whispered phone calls weren't bad enough, now they're blasted across Twitter and Facebook. It's in this multi-platform existence that Chloë Grace Moretz, 16, emerges as a refreshing example of good old-fashioned youth. A prolific Instagrammer, Moretz fills her feed (more than 1,000 pictures and counting) with family photos-her entourage consists of her mom, with whom she lives in L.A., and four older brothers-inspirational quotes, music obsessions, and friends making goofy faces; in short, everything ever thumbtacked to the bulletin board in a minor's bedroom. If not for the occasional behind-the-scenes shot from a Hollywood back lot, you'd almost mistake the actress (of nearly 10 years) for your average teenage girl. Almost.

Imagine Kirsten Dunst had an iPhone during her Interview With the Vampire days, or Leelee Sobieski circa Eyes Wide Shut. Perhaps their shared images-maybe a pretty flower, a sunset-would belie their penchant for serious and seriously mature characters. So goes it with Moretz, famous for playing the all-too-real vampire in Let Me In, the wise-beyond-her-years kid sister in (500) Days of Summer, and the gun-wielding Hit-Girl who shocked audiences with her ballsy delivery of a certain expletive (rhymes with runt) in Kick-Ass.

In June, she slips back into the cape and mask for Kick-Ass 2. This time around, "She's really conflicting with her own emotions," Moretz says of the role that lander her on the radars of Hollywood heavyweights (see Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, who cast her in Hugo and Dark Shadows, respectively).

Beaded dress & long-sleeve dress, prices upon request, Emilio Pucci; Sheer sleeveless dress, $1,370, Araks; Ring, $4,250, Phillip Crangi. On hair: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydroMist Blow-Out Spray.