She’s only 20, but Chloë Grace Moretz has been in the acting biz for years, having scored her first movie role at age 7.
While the trappings of fame can be pretty neat, a *very* well-documented downside is exposure to the seedier underbelly of Hollywood (read: rampant sexism).
Speaking to Variety for its Power of Young Hollywood issue, the ‘Kick Ass’ actor opened up about a particularly shocking instance that saw her fat-shamed by a male co-star when she was only 15.
The unidentified douchelord played her love interest in an (again unidentified) movie and inexplicably felt the need to comment on her appearance, which she admits hurt her deeply.
This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in a real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’ – as in my size. It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set. 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. 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.
The only detail Moretz was prepared to share about the co-star in question was that, at the time, he was aged “23, 24 or 25”.
Depressingly, the fat-shaming incident is just one of many times Moretz says she’s found herself in a sexist situation.
On another occasion, a different male love interest apparently spread lies about her to make himself look good in front of the film’s director.
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. 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. Little snips that just put you down.
Get your shit together, Tinseltown.
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