Chloe Grace Moretz Reveals She Was Fat-Shamed by an Older Costar When She Was 15

Chloe Grace Moretz
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Chloe Grace Moretz has been a working actress since she was just 7 years old. And although that means the now 20-year-old has been able to amass a pretty impressive resume over the past 13 years, it also means that the Carrie star was susceptible to the dark side of Hollywood from a very young age. In a new interview with Variety for their Power of Young Hollywood issue, Moretz opened up about being fat-shamed by an older costar when she was just 15.

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"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," Moretz, who appears on Variety's cover, recalled. "It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set." She declined to reveal who this actor was -- but did note that he was "23, 24, or 25" at the time.

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Moretz has four older brothers whom she's especially close with, so when this upsetting incident went down, she says she immediately "went bawling" to one of them for support. 

"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."

It's heartening to hear that Mortez has such a loving brother who wanted to stand up for her in the situation, but her experience is also a frightening reminder of how frequently guys seem to be able to get away with fat-shaming, belittling, dehumanizing behavior -- in Hollywood and in a bevy of additional contexts (other workplaces, the dating world, etc.). 

And if you thought that Mortez's cringeworthy fat-shaming experience was the last time she had to deal with sexist, exploitative remarks from male colleagues, ha, think again. Variety reports that during a different shoot, Mortez's male costar lied about the actress to try to boost his own reputation in the eyes of 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," Moretz shared. "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."

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Bravo to Mortez for opening up about these negative moments. As aggravating, stressful, and dark as they may have been, calling these dudes out for their BS sexist, exploitative behavior is necessary. Not to mention that sharing her experience will hopefully help someone who finds herself in the same position realize she's not alone -- and she doesn't have to put up with this garbage, ever.

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