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Child Actor Gets Parents Hooked on Film

August 15, 2013

As the Scharf family pursues their whirlwind journey into the film industry, one thing's for sure -- fast-budding child actor Chloe Elaine Scharf didn't get her talent from her father.

"I remember back when I was at the University of Delaware, I took an acting class and I had to drop it. I just couldn't do it," Mitch Scharf said.

But Chloe surely got her determination and work ethic from her parents, Mitch and Laura, who both hold down demanding day jobs while working their way into the producing side of the movie business. Their first two films, "God's Favor" and "Folded Hope," shorts that feature their daughter, were selected for screening at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival last May.

It all started with Chloe, who began acting professionally at five and hasn't looked back. As Chloe, who attends Rev. Brown School in Sparta, followed her dream, her supportive parents got more and more involved almost by accident.

"We just got thrown into the business because of Chloe. We were always there because of Chloe. It's all about Chloe," Mitch Scharf said.

At Cannes, the Scharf family walked the same red carpet as Steven Spielberg, president of the Cannes jury, and Leonardo DiCaprio, representing "The Great Gatsby." That's quite a departure for Mitch, a successful boat salesman on Lake Hopatcong, and Laura, a children's wear designer in New York City. For 10-year-old Chloe, it was a dream come true. Read More