Sexism in Hollywood is insidious, but it’s hard to believe that even the youngest stars are affected by it.
Chloë Grace Moretz just opened up to Variety about some of the times she’s faced extreme sexism on the job, and one of them happened when she was only 15.
“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 explained. “It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set. I went bawling to my brother and 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,” says Moretz, who is extremely close with her four older brothers. “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 refused to name the actor involved.
But that wasn’t the only time she was targeted for being a woman 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,” she said. “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.”
A really crazy thing Moretz shared is that she struggles to get roles because she’s been so successful from such a young age.
“Now it’s, ‘Oh, you’re too known, your face is in too many things.’ And I’m like, well, if I were unknown, then I would not be known enough,” she said.
Another time, she got shut down for a role before she even auditioned because of the color of her hair.
“I was told I was too blond and they couldn’t cast two blond girls in the same movie,” she said. “I was like, ‘Okay, because I’m blond and there’s another blond in the movie, you can’t cast two?’ That’s such a masculine way of looking at things.”
It’s no secret that sexism absolutely still exists in Hollywood. But hearing these personal stories really drives the issue home. Women in Hollywood — and everywhere else in the world — deserve equality, and we need to fight until we have it.