Chloë Grace Moretz sounds more than a little tired. It’s not because she spent 2015 lining up big projects and adding to a resume that already includes standout performances in two Kick-Ass movies, the Carrie remake, and even 30 Rock. No, at this moment, 2 p.m. on a Friday, Moretz is (understandably) fatigued because she’s just waking up after a shoot for Neighbors 2 that went until 4:30 a.m. Aside from a few extra pebbles in her signature gravelly voice though, Moretz isn’t showing any signs of exhaustion. “It’s not that bad. It’s different, but it’s fun,” she says. When you’ve spent 13 years—or, more than two-thirds of your life—making movies, these sort of things don’t get to you

Hollywood is rife with young actresses right now. The YA movie franchise boom is keeping the Shailene Woodleys and Lily Collinses of the world fed and giving unknowns the opportunity to come up. But Moretz has consistently found ways to rise above the usual teen fare. While many up-and-coming actresses get their feet wet in Disney’s pools, she’s worked with Scorsese in Hugo, played a teenage prostitute alongside Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer, and most famously made every mother in Middle America furious by dropping a C-U-Next-Tuesday as an 11-year-old assassin in Kick-Ass. She’s taken her innate vulnerability—thanks to her cute, baby-faced beauty—and subverted it at every turn, going dark and gritty when everything about her appearance screams straight-A student. “She looks like a sweet little girl but she has this incredibly mature, slightly devious mind,” says Jeff Wadlow, director of Kick-Ass 2. “Her performance in [Kick-Ass] was jaw-droppingly unique. You’ve never seen this cute little girl talk that way or dispense bad guys with such violence. It was a game-changer.”

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