Most people are familiar with rising star, Chloe Grace Moretz. Since the beginning of her acting career at age 7, Moretz has been creating a name for herself in the industry working with countless stars. Recently, in an interview for Variety’s “Power of Young Hollywood” issue, she discussed the sexism she’s had to face over the years.
“This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’ – as in my size.” While she refrained from sharing the names of her costars, she did say this one in particular was only “23, 24 or 25” while she was just 15 years old.
“It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set,” she told Variety. “I went bawling to my brother and he was like, ‘What happened?’ And I was like, ‘He told me I was too big’ And my brother was like, ‘What just happened?’ My brother was so angry.”
“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,” she said. “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.”
Some of her male costars were never as pointedly obvious with their comments, but chose to walk over her by cutting her out of conversations completely and talking to others behind her back.
“I’ve had a younger male lead ostracize me and bring up fake issues just to try and put me in my place, and make things up to the director … things that are crazy, things that I would never do, unprofessional things that would make no sense,” Moretz said. “I’ve had an actor do that to me. It’s crazy. They have this inferiority issue, and I’m like, ‘You are completely equal to me, you are no different than me. I just happen to be the lead in this movie, and I don’t know why just because you are kind of the smaller character that you’re pushing me into a corner to try and put me down.”
Moretz has never been one to shy away from lending her voice to discussions on feminism and gender equality in Hollywood and called to attention the change in female representation in films.
“I’ve seen a massive shift just in terms of how many female filmmakers have been working recently. We’re making big steps, but it’s a long way. We’re nowhere near the top. We’re just catching up. We have a long way to go.”