MOTW: The Talented Cast of 2013's "Carrie"

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A re-imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King.
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October 16th, 2013

MOTW: The Talented Cast of 2013's "Carrie"

"Carrie" is one of the hottest films of 2013, and it's no surprise given the extensive list of talented actors who came together to make this remake just as memorable as the original. Many of the actors in "Carrie" are either new to Hollywood films or were still relatively unknown before being discovered by director Kimberly Peirce. Of course, two seasoned actresses are leading the film. Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore play the roles of Carrie and her mother, the film's main characters.

Julianne Moore takes on the role of Carrie's mother, Margaret White, a domineering religious fanatic who has raised Carrie to hate and fear everything different or even slightly unusual. Other than her long run on "As the World Turns," Moore is best known for her roles in films such as "Children of Men," "A Single Man," and "The Kids Are All Right." Even though she doesn't have much experience as a horror actress, with the exception of "Hannibal" and the 1998 "Psycho" remake, she has already mastered the art of playing a sophisticated female lead with an intense personality.

Gabriella Wilde plays Sue Snell, a popular girl at Carrie's school who initially bullies her ruthlessly before having a change of heart that may come too late. She is a relatively unknown actress from the UK who had a moderately prominent role in 2011's "The Three Musketeers." Born Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe in Hampshire on the eighth of April in 1989, she is one of the oldest actresses to portray a teenager in "Carrie," along with Portia Doubleday.

Portia Doubleday is only one year older than Gabriella Wilde, making her the oldest actress depicting one of the film's teenagers. With the exception of a minor role in "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," Doubleday is also relatively unknown in the world of acting, but she was named one of fifty-five future faces in the Young Hollywood issue of Nylon Magazine. "Carrie" is a big break for this promising young actress, who is sure to learn many lifelong lessons about acting as she works alongside Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.

Ansel Elgort plays teen heartthrob Tommy Ross, one of the most popular boys at Carrie's school. In spite of his popularity, Tommy Ross has a heart of gold. Elgort had never had an acting role in a film before, so being chosen for a major role in "Carrie" was a huge deal for the young actor. Unlike many of the other cast members, his experience comes from the stage. Other than a starring role in his school's production of "Guys and Dolls," he has also appeared in "Regrets," a relatively popular play in New York City.

Other than Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz, Zoe Belkin is the youngest actress in one of the lead teenage roles in "Carrie"; Belkin was born in Canada in 1993. She has already enjoyed significant exposure as an actress with multiple recurring roles in several television shows, including "The Latest Buzz," "Aaron Stone," "Breakout Kings," and "Degrassi: The Next Generation."

Last, but certainly not least, is Chloe Grace Moretz, the actress who plays Carrie. Moretz is a young actress who has already accomplished massive goals. Even though she seems like a typical girl-next-door figure at first glance, many of her past roles have been just as dark as that in "Carrie." Her first major live-action film was "Kick-Ass," an edgy superhero flick in which she shocked audiences with her fearless and violent portrayal of a young assassin. Her next horror film was "Let Me In," an unusual drama about a child vampire and her outcast human friend. As with "Carrie," "Let Me In" was a remake of an older film and hopes were just as high for her portrayal of the vampire as they have been for her depiction of Carrie. Fortunately, she did the original film justice and satisfied even the most hardcore fans. After "Let Me In," Moretz starred in a much more lighthearted horror film called "Dark Shadows"—yet another remake of a beloved classic. With her extensive experience as a horror actor, who can still charm audiences with her winning personality, Chloe Grace Moretz was an excellent choice for the character of Carrie, a misunderstood girl with horrifying powers who, in spite of the film's memorable climax scene, just wanted to be loved.