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Chloë Grace Moretz in Let Me In (2010), playing Abby.

It struck me how good she already is at age 13 at playing such a complex character. I took the top screen grab mid transition, when she let a shift of one aspect of her character to another play out on her face. This leaves us with somewhat of a Mona Lisa smile, where you don’t know what she’s thinking.

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Stephanie Leonidas as Sophie Hawthorne in the final episode of American Gothic: Whistler’s Mother. In this episode the story behind who is the Silver Bells Killer

and why he did what he did

is revealed, while the twists and turns keep coming.

Over the series I thought that Stephanie played Sophie as a complex character with a lot of love and feeling. It would have been so easy to have Sophie be the stereotypical drug addict, but she isn’t. She’s also an artist, she’s smart and she cares deeply. In the end, you really feel for her, despite what she did to Jack, Cam and others.

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Stephanie Leonidas in American Gothic episode 12: Madame X.