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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    Portraying Dark Characters

    "Is she actually fighting crime for good, or is she just a murderer?" The film is in keeping with Moretz's track record of heady characters. Her first role, at 7, was the daughter of a prostitute on the TV series The Guardian. "I like doing dark material," she says, "which is interesting since I'm such the opposite person. I'm so light and happy. I have a good family and I'm loved." Occupying the lives of the emotionally disturbed can take its toll. To cope: "I'll watch the Disney channel. My family makes fun of me for it, but with the characters I do, I always use that as my upper."

    There's no telling how many hours of Disney Moretz consumed in order to compensate for her psychologically jarring turn as Carrie White, Stephen King's telekinetic teen infamously doused in pig's blood on prom night. Die-hard fans of the 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek, fear not: "It's less of a remake and more of a retelling of the book," Moretz says of the movie, which hits theaters in October. Directed by Boys Don't Cry's Kimberly Peirce and costarring Julianne Moore as Carrie's mom, "It's a romantic-abusive love story between mother and daughter that, even if you had a fine life growing up, brings out every insecurity within you." Of playing opposite Moore: "She's one of my favorite people I've ever worked with," Moretz says, barely able to catch her breath. "And if I could do every single movie for the rest of my career with her, I would, because she's brilliant." Carrie marks Moretz's firt time playing a title character. As the haunting image of her bloodied face on the film's ad states: If you didn't already, now "you will know her name."

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