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February 10: Happy Birthday Chloe Moretz and Emma Roberts

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Our two headliners have been photographed together on a few occasions, including the premiere of Hick, when the above photo was taken (with Roberts on the left, Moretz on the right).

Chloë Moretz is celebrating her 21st birthday today.  Her first screen appearance came shortly after her 7th birthday, in a guest appearance on The Guardian.  Over the next few years, she made several additional TV guest appearances, and also was the voice of Darby for the Disney Channel’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh.  She made her first feature film appearances in 2005, including one in the remake of The Amityville Horror.  In the next few years, she had several additional film roles, including a significant one in Lori Petty’s The Poker House (which starred a young Jennifer Lawrence), before landing her breakout role as Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass.

Since 2010, Moretz has had starring roles in Hick and as the title character in the 2013 remake of Carrie, and reprised the role of Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2.  She has also had prominent roles in Hugo, The Equalizer, and Clouds of Sils Maria, to name a few.  Last year she starred in I Love You, Daddy and November Criminals, and this year she will play the title role in The Miseducation of Cameron Post and costar opposite Dakota Johnson in a remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria.

Emma Roberts is turning 27.  Like our other headliner, Roberts (daughter of Eric, niece of Julia) made her screen debut at a young age, in Ted Demme’s Blow, which was filmed when she was nine.  She had her first major film role in Aquamarine in 2006, and a year later starred as the title character of Nancy Drew.  Some of her more recent major film roles have included playing Jill Roberts in Scream 4, Casey Mathis/Miller in We’re the Millers, and Vee Delmonico in the 2016 sci-fi thriller Nerve.

Roberts has also had a decent television career.  In 2004 she was cast in the lead role of Addie Singer on Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous.  More recently she has done a lot of work on Ryan Murphy’s projects—she has appeared in the casts of three seasons of American Horror Story, and starred as Chanel Oberlin on Scream Queens.

Yara Shahidi, who turns 18 today, starred on the first three seasons of Black-ish as Zoey Johnson; she currently stars in the same role in the spinoff series, Grown-ish and makes guest appearances on the parent series.  English actor Max Brown, who is 37, is known for his regular roles on British television, on The Tudors and Spooks, and in the US, on Beauty & the Beast and The RoyalsTom Schilling, who celebrates his 36th, is a leading star of German film and television, best known for his award winning starring role in the 2012 film Oh Boy!  Nigerian-American director Julius Onah, who is 35, made his feature debut in 2015 with The Girl is in Trouble, and directed the upcoming The Cloverfield ParadoxHannah Hoekstra, who turns 31, is a two-time winner of the Golden Calf, the Netherlands’ highest film award, for Best Actress, for Hemel and The Fury.

Laura Dern and Elizabeth Banks were the headliners last year on this date.

Laura Dern is 51 today.  She was nominated for her sixth Primetime Emmy, and won for the first time, as Renata Klein on Big Little Lies, and also won her fourth career Golden Globe.  She also costarred in Wilson, played Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in The Last Jedi, and made a cameo in DownsizingElizabeth Banks, who is turning 44, played Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers, and returned to the role of Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger in Pitch Perfect 3, which she also produced.  She is also reported to be directing a reboot of the Charlie’s Angels feature film series.

Michael Apted turned 77; his latest directing effort was the thriller Unlocked.  If he continues the Up series of documentaries, the next film would come out in 2019.  Alexander Payne, who directed Downsizing, his first feature in four years, is celebrating his 57th.  Vince Gilligan, who is 51, received his two latest Emmy nominations for Better Call Saul, for which he remains an executive producer and periodic writer and director.  Karen Fukuhara, who is 26, is currently a voice actor on Craig of the CreekUzo Aduba, who is 37 today, received her third Emmy nomination as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange is the New BlackKeeley Hawes, who returns to her starring role on The Durrells, is 42 today.

Robert Wagner, who turns 88, had an uncredited cameo in What Happened to Monday; he was recently in the news after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department named him a “person of interest” in their reopened investigation of the 1981 death of Natalie Wood, his wife at the time.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.

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Posted on February 10, 2018, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great picture! I love when we can get both headliners in a single photo. When it comes to birthday articles, I am especially excited when we have a recent picture that isn’t from a movie. Why is that my preference? I don’t know. For whatever reason, this is my ideal birthday article picture.

    The first time I remember seeing Chloe Moretz was in 500 Days of Summer. I think I looked up her name after Kick-Ass. But I really took notice of her after Let Me In. It seems like she has been on the brink of breaking out for the last several years, but hasn’t been able to find the right vehicle.

    The same could be said of Emma Roberts. She was being touted as an “it girl” in 2011 with Scream 4. But since then, her movie career has been pretty low key. I did enjoy We’re the Millers, but mostly she has been on Ryan Murphy TV shows like American Horror Story and the simply wretched Scream Queens.

    Laura Dern had a heck of a year last year. The highlight in my book was her participation in Twin Peaks, but most people probably saw her in Star Wars. On top of that, she had an award-winning turn in Big Little Lies. So, wow. Best year of her career? Probably.

    Elizabeth Banks’ acting career hasn’t taken off the way some people might have expected. But she’s a successful director which is arguably a better position to be in.

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  2. I found photos of Moretz and Roberts together at two or three events, so I actually had a decent selection. That’s rare.

    I have been a fan of Chloe Moretz since I first saw her in Let Me In (which I also thought was quite good). My sense of her career is that she still has a decent window of time to emerge as a major star. Right now I think of her as being in the front rank of actresses of her cohort (born in about 1995-2000), along with Hailee Steinfeld, Sophie Turner and maybe a few others. There will probably be a good half dozen of them who will be at least medium level stars.

    But if you look at the experience of the previous generation, the Jennifer Lawrence/Emma Stone generation of actresses, no more than one or two will do so before they are in their late 20s. Of the Lawrence/Stone crowd, only Lawrence, and maybe Saoirse Ronan, really emerged as stars—meaning, in part, getting cast consistently in lead roles, playing adult characters—in their early 20s.

    It’s a bit hard to believe today, but there was once a time when Emma Roberts was better known than Emma Stone—or Jennifer Lawrence, or Brie Larson, or, well, you get the idea.

    Laura Dern has been having a nice career resurgence for most of this decade, after the 2000s were pretty low-profile for her. The last 12 months have definitely been very good for her.

    Assuming that the Charlie’s Angels movie directed by Elizabeth Banks gets out of development and actually gets made, I will be interested to see what she does with it.

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