It doesn’t always seem likely, but now and then we get reminder that the stars are really just like us, insecurities and all – yep, even ones who look like Chloe Grace Moretz.
Speaking to the UK’s Sunday Times, the young actress shared a few formative encounters in her adolescence that had her questioning her body, and even considering getting breast implants at the tender age of just 16.
After encountering her first push-up bra complete with silicone inserts on a set (they mysteriously turned up in her trailer, was someone hinting?), she became a little paranoid about her natural size. “I was, like, ‘where did these come from?’ Those little things were insidious. Even though you can brush them off, you still internalize them. They make you question yourself and think, ‘well, maybe I am unhappy with the size of my breasts.’”
Still just 21, but basically an acting vet thanks to her Hollywood debut aged 7, it’s easy to forget she’s still very much coming into adulthood. With that comes a natural process of learning to be at ease with yourself — a process no doubt hampered by Hollywood and its body negativity. In fact, she puts some of the distorted body image ideas she’s experienced down to the influence of growing up in such an image-focused industry. “I’ve had to look at Hollywood my whole life… The people I’ve been comparing myself to are people who are not real.”
And it wasn’t only the experience with the push-up bra that brought up body insecurity issues. Last year she shared a particularly shocking interaction with a male co-star (whom she graciously declined to name, given that he was a little older, and definitely old enough to know better) from when she was merely 15. Body shaming her in the most casually brutal way, he told her she was “too big” to date. “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,” she said last August to Variety. “It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set. 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.”
It’s a stark reminder that men very much hold the cards behind the scenes in Hollywood, and being young and female no doubt meant some thought she was vulnerable prey. Luckily, Moretz has learned how to channel her desire for female empowerment into the roles she picks, saying, “I choose the roles that connect to me the most. I’m a very strong woman. I couldn’t just be a girlfriend. Oh my god. Literally, no way.” She also knows her worth is far more than skin deep — remember the time she even dared incur the wrath of Kim Kardashian West for saying women had more to offer than their bodies? We loved her cutting through the noise.
Moretz luckily never went through with the breast implant procedure, or any other. And we’re glad to see her career thriving, and her star shining, with her just the way she is — fierce and full of (pun intended) grace.