Chloë Grace Moretz confirms what we’ve more or less know about life behind the scenes in Hollywood: It’s full of blatant sexism. She reveals various anecdotes of this in her cover feature withVariety, including one that happened when she was just 15 years old.
She said of one experience while filming, “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.” The male co-star was around 23 to 25 years old and his comments left Chloë in tears.
Considering how Chloë was a teenager at that time, it’s no surprise that the incident was scarring. “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,” she said.
Chloë related another instance where a co-star tried to ruin her reputation on set. “‘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.”
The actress perseveres though despite all of this. Chloe maintains a professional approach, “You’ve got to stick to your guns. I always say, get me in the room and make me audition and I’ll try and win it, and at least I’ll know then that I did my best and I gave my all. But if you just look at me and you say no, then I don’t know what to tell you. But, you know, when one door closes, another one opens and that’s the way it is so don’t fight it. I never try and push myself on someone who doesn’t want me for the role.”
She also remains optimistic that the fight against sexsim is strong as long as we keep backing it up. “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.”