The first time I remember seeing Chloë Grace Moretz on the big screen was in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer, playing Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s surprisingly mature pre-teen half-sister. She was only 12 years old at the time, and a year later she took the world by storm by her foul-mouthed ultra-violent portrayal of the assassin Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass, cementing her place as an upcoming Hollywood star.
She successfully continued her career into adulthood, turning 20 years old earlier this year. This makes her one of the few actors to maintain and develop from a child star to a well-regarded professional as they mature. Headlining several movies such as The 5th Wave, Neighbours 2 and If I Stay, she’s still in high demand in the industry.
All of this makes it hard sometimes to remember that not long ago she was only a child starting out in show business. But even at a young age, she was still subjected to the body-shaming attitudes of the superficial world of the industry. Moretz has recently revealed that she was treated this way by a male co-star, shockingly at the age of only 15.
Chloë Grace Moretz uncovered the sexism she has faced in the movie industry, speaking in a recent interview with Variety
. One of the most shocking things she reveals is that at 15 she was body-shamed by a male co-star, who she chooses not to name.
“It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set,” she recalled. She chose not to reveal the identity of the man behind the comments, but explained that he was “23, 24 or 25” at the time, while she was still in the middle of her teenage years.
“This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in a real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’” Moretz revealed in the cover story for Variety’s annual Young Hollywood issue, “He was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’ — as in my size.”
The actress, not knowing how to deal with such a comment at such a vulnerable time in her life, turned to her brother for comfort:
“My brother was so angry. I had to pick it up and go back on set and pretend he was a love interest, and it was really hard … It just makes you realize that there are some really bad people out there and for some reason, he felt the need to say that to me. You have to kind of forgive and not forget really, but it was just like wow. It was jarring. I look back on it and I was 15, which is really, really dark.”
Why this actor, whoever it might be, believed this was an okay thing to say to a young girl 10 years younger than him is beyond me. She discusses the other similar instances she has experienced over the years in the full interview, which you can read here
, as well as the sexism still present in the industry.
If you want to read more about these issues, you should definitely check out this list, wherein women share their heartbreaking experiences with body shaming