The career of Cartersville native Chloe Grace Moretz continues to bring her to the silver screen, and her recent movie comes from the pages of a best-selling novel.
The 17-year-old Moretz, who has relatives in Rome and gets to visit on the rare occasion, stars in the young adult drama “If I Stay,” about a bright girl forced to choose between going off to The Juilliard School for music or being with her boyfriend.
Her decision becomes the background for a much bigger choice when she is involved in a wreck, with her family and her life hanging in the balance. The movie has made more than $33 million since opening Aug. 22.
When she does come to Rome, Moretz visits her aunt and uncle, Pam and Russ Gates.
She was in town in March and stopped by the Rome-Floyd YMCA to watch a youth basketball game.
Moretz is originally from Cartersville but moved to New York City where she pursued an acting career.
Since making her big-screen debut in the remake of “The Amityville Horror” in 2005, she has worked in a wide range of films, including opposite Jude Law in “Hugo,” Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” and Julianne Moore in the remake of “Carrie.”
Moretz originated the role of foul-mouthed gunslinger Mindy Macready, also known as Hit-Girl, in “Kick-Ass” and its sequel, “Kick-Ass 2.”
She co-stars with Denzel Washington in the upcoming action thriller “The Equalizer,” based on the television series, which opens Sept. 26.