Chloë Grace Moretz is opening up about a time a male costar told her she was “too big” for him to consider dating.
In an interview with Variety, Moretz discussed some of the sexism she’s faced growing up on film sets, recounting how when she was working on a film as a teenager, a male costar body-shamed her.
“This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’” Moretz told Variety. “And he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’ — as in my size.”
Moretz added that the male actor was in his mid-20s, and she was only 15 at the time.
“I went bawling to my brother, and he was like, ‘What happened?’ And I was like, ‘He told me I was too big,’” Moretz recalled. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Moretz has spoken out about body-shaming. Earlier this year, Moretz apologized for and disavowed a marketing campaign for her new film Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs after accusations of fat-shaming, tweeting that she was “just as appalled and angry as everyone else.” Promotional materials for the film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, showing a tall, thin version of Moretz’s character standing next to a shorter, heavier version of herself, with the tagline: “What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 Dwarfs not so short?”