From Jennifer Aniston, to Renee Zellweger, to Claudia Winkleman, it’s no secret that women in the public eye constantly find themselves under pressure to look a certain way. And now Chloe Grace Moretz – who started acting in Hollywood films at the tender age of seven – has revealed that she was subjected to cruel and misogynist body-shaming comments very early on in her career.
Opening up about one particularly disturbing experience, Moretz explains that a male co-star – around 10 years her senior – left her in tears when he told her she was “too big” for him to consider dating her in real life.
“This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’ – as in my size,” Moretz tells Variety for its Power of Young Hollywood issue.
“He was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set.”
Moretz refused to name and shame the cretin, although she did reveal that she was 15 at the time of the incident. This means that there are only a few films which make sense within the timeline she has given, including Kick-Ass 2, Movie 43, Carrie and short film Night Creeper.
Reflecting on the humiliating and misogynistic encounter, Moretz continues: “It just makes you realise that there are some really bad people out there, and for some reason, he felt the need to say that to me.
“It was jarring. I look back on it and I was 15, which is really, really dark.”
Moretz is not the first actor to come forward about such an incident: speaking with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live earlier this year, Lisa Kudrow explained she’d been subject to demeaning comments from a well-known celebrity, who was appearing in a guest role on Friends.
During rehearsals, she – much like her co-stars, Cox and Aniston – tended to read through the lines without going through the rigmarole of having her hair styled and set make-up applied.
“I rehearsed without make-up [for] most of the week,” said Kudrow. “And then, on show night, I’m in hair and make-up and I was told, ‘Oh wow, NOW you’re’ – can I say it?”
“‘Now you’re f**kable.’”
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