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Hollywood Kids: How Do Young Actors Deal With Sexy, Violent Roles?

July 24, 2013

After watching his mother die on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Carl Grimes says his goodbyes and then shoots her in the head to ensure she won’t come back as a zombie. Actor Chandler Riggs was 12 at the time he played the role.

As entertainment continues to push the envelope, pundits debate how to protect the kids who watch. But what about the young actors involved in telling these increasingly extreme stories? How does the industry protect them when they are called upon to perform scenes that involve violence, sexuality and other mature content?

In the adult-oriented comicbook adaptation “Kick-Ass,” the film’s most foul-mouthed and ruthless character is a prepubescent crimefighter named Hit Girl, who delivers the line, “Okay, you c—s, let’s see what you can do now!” Chloe Grace Moretz was 11 when she shot the part, and 15 for the sequel, which opens next month. Read More