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Chloe Grace Moretz just dropped a major truth bomb about what life is really like for women in Hollywood.
In a new interview with Variety, Moretz shared that when she was 15 years old, an unnamed male co-star fat-shamed her on the set of their movie.
“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 now 20-year-old told the magazine about the man who was in his mid-twenties. “It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set.”
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The “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” star explains that after finishing work that day, she collapsed in tears.
“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,” she said. “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 added that this wasn’t the only time her appearance was scrutinized like this, saying that she once wasn’t considered for a role in a movie because of the color of her hair.
“Because I’m blond and there’s another blond in the movie, you can’t cast me?’” she questioned. “That’s such a masculine way of looking at things.”
The actress, who has previously said she is a feminist and believes in equality for people regardless of their race, gender or economic situation, finds these situations to be just another example of gender inequality in the movie industry. She explained, “Even if you’re being paid equally, it’s the little things, especially if the male lead is bigger than you — you aren’t listened to as much and you take a back seat.”
Moretz joins a long list of young women in Hollywood who have chosen to stand up to body-shamers recently. Ariel Winter, whose body and fashion choices are often the victims of harsh judgment, has repeatedly posted on social media defending her clothing decisions and making it clear they are for no one to have an opinion on. And knowing how women like Selena Gomez have been judged in their bathing suits, Hilary Duff took control of the dialogue last week while on vacation. Duff posted a photo of herself in the ocean, from behind, admitting to and embracing her body’s flaws. She encouraged her followers to, “be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed.”
And Emma Stone, who has been shamed for appearing too thin, has discussed her disappointment with the constant dialogue and criticism about other people’s bodies.
“I’ve shamed myself for it. We shame each other online. We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short,” Stone has said. “They’re just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I’m trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”
Supermodel Ashley Graham has long been an advocate for body-positive language and she, too, has experienced the yo-yo effect that Stone refers to. “When I post a photo from a ‘good angle,’ I receive criticism for looking smaller and selling out,” Graham said. “When I post photos showing my cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls, I’m accused of promoting obesity. The cycle of body-shaming needs to end. I’m over it.
It may have taken Moretz years to come forward about this painful incident, but we’re so glad she did. She notes that in the years since this incident, she has seen some positive shifts in Hollywood: “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.”