The talented Chloë Grace Moretz opened up in a recent interview about being body-shamed by a male costar when she was only 15 years old.
Moretz said that the actor, who played her love interest, made sexist comments about her body and size.
“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,” she said. “It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set.”
The Carrie actress didn’t reveal the name of her co-star, but she did leave a clue by saying that the actor was around 23 to 25 years old. And considering Moretz’s age at the time of the incident, this would’ve happened around the time Moretz was shooting films like Kick-Ass 2, Carrie, and Movie 43.
Moretz said that she told her older brothers about the incident. “I went bawling to my brother and he was like, ‘What happened?’ And I was like, ‘He told me I was too big.’ My brother was so angry,” the actress said. “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 talked about an actor that tried to sabotage her by telling lies to the director in order to improve his reputation while diminishing hers.
“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. “It’s crazy. They have this inferiority issue, and I’m like, ‘You are completely equal to me, you are no different than me.”
Despite all of that, Moretz is trying to remain positive about the future for women in the industry. “I’ve seen a massive shift just in terms of how many female filmmakers have been working recently,” she said. “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.”