In Hollywood, body shaming is something that happens more frequently than one may like to imagine, and it’s not exclusive to a specific gender or age. In fact, when Chloe Grace Moretz spoke to Variety recently, she shared a body shaming experience that happened when she was quite young and new in the industry.
The statement made against her stands as another example of how many people don’t see what’s truly wrong with making such strong statements about another person. When Chloe was fat shamed, she was only 15, the fact that the actor in question was much older only adds to the disturbing nature of the comment.
‘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. It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set,” she recalls, opting not to reveal the identity of the actor, only saying that he was “23, 24 or 25.‘
Immediately after it happened, Chloe went to her brother, who she’s extremely close to, to try to find some comfort.
‘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. 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.’
While body shaming isn’t at all exclusive to Hollywood, when it happens there, it cuts a little deeper. In the industry, the way you look is important – you have to keep up appearances before gigs, during them, and after. To hear that you’re ‘too big’ from a co-star is not just a jab in the moment, it’s a statement that can fester in the minds of both women and men and cause some serious harm down the road.
Chloe uses the word jarring, and it paints the right picture. Everything from a flawed sense of self to extremely harmful eating disorders can be born of comments like those.
Chloe did get stronger from the incident, however, and she continues to fight and push and work in the industry, not allowing anything from body shamers to those who say she’s ‘too much’ of one thing or ‘too little’ of another keep her from following her passion. Looks like she’s living the best type of revenge.