Chloe Grace Moretz Says She Was Fat-Shamed by a Male Costar in 'Variety' Cover Story

Chloe Grace Moretz, 2017
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Chloe Grace Moretz attends the 2017 Variety's Power of Young Hollywood event at TAO on Aug. 8, 2017 in Los Angeles.

At just 20 years old, Chloe Grace Moretz has over 50 movies to her name -- and she’s only just getting started, despite the sexism she's faced in Hollywood.

The major actress appears on the cover of Variety's Power of Young Hollywood issue, which also features other emerging stars like Zendaya and Star Wars' John Boyega. In the issue, Moretz discusses discrimination she's experienced as a young actress and reveals she was body-shamed by a male costar.

“This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’" she recalled. "And he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’... as in my size.”

Though she didn't reveal his name, she said she was about 15 at the time and he was in his mid-20s. She admitted, “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,” Moretz explained. “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.”

Moretz also spoke about an experience in which an unnamed male costar lied about her on a movie set to get attention from the direction. She 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."

Even though Moretz experiences subtle forms of sexism not being listened to on set, she tries to "stick to [her] guns" and do the best she can to get roles she feels are important. 

Read the full cover story here.


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