How do you define a star? No, not the luminous sphere of plasma, I’m talking about entertainment stars, and more specifically, movie stars. The term ‘rising star’ is often attached prematurely to any new talent that appears on the scene, without first considering what ingredients actually make said star. Is it potential? Is it having a few successful films underneath your belt? Is it the very essence of a persona? Is it a unique ability to command attention on screen, and to be able to transform into any part and character that needs to be played? Or is it all of these things and more?
Whilst Moretz has been appearing in films since 2005, she shot to fame by playing Hit-Girl in the film adaptation of the popular comic book series, Kick-Ass. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film was unlike anything audiences had seen before, with its trademark violence and gore, to its ruthless but quirky styling, the film had a specific visual flair on screen, and Moretz’s character was considered a great success. Despite sparking some controversy for Hit-Girl/Mindy Macready’s foul language (Moretz was 13 at the time), the actress stole the spotlight as the brazen, dangerous and slightly mad eleven year old girl-come-vigilante, and this role planted Moretz firmly on the industry radar. Moretz’s maturity allowed her to fully comprehend and accurately portray the character, and she managed to epitomise the character in her confident movements and deadly weaponry skills (Moretz learned how to use several weapons for the action sequences, although there were obviously things she couldn’t do).
Some films that showcase her talent were 2011’s Hugo, where Moretz starred Isabelle, opposite Asa Butterfield, who played the title character, Hugo. She was enchanting and engaging in the role, and once again her chemistry on screen with her co-stars was electric. Notably, 2013 saw Moretz reprise her role as the deadly Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2, and also star in another remake, this time it was Carrie. Whilst the former two films may not have garnered such critical acclaim, the praise Moretz received for her acting ability proved that she had talent even when featured in films that on the whole, received some negative critical reviews. Her performances have always been on point and she has always been able to command attention on screen, and her appeal is undeniable, considering the level of talent she possesses.
It certainly seems that Moretz is a force to be reckoned with, within the industry, and you need only to glance at some of her films, and indeed the recognition she is getting via awards to see why. In 2012 she received CinemaCon’s BSA Award for Female Star of Tomorrow, as well as the Women In Film Crystal Awards Face of the Future; a sign of her dazzling potential in the industry. Also scooping the award in 2014 for Young Hollywood’s Fan Favourite Actor, it would seem that Moretz is certainly on her way to becoming a household name and a true talent in the industry. Let’s hope her success continues in the future. If you’re going to label anyone a ‘Rising Star’ then it surely has to be this actress.