Though women have made some stellar advancements in terms of gaining equality in the entertainment industry, that doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing on movie sets and behind the camera.
During a recent interview with Variety, Chloe Grace Moretz admitted that one of her former male costars once body-shamed her on set. Though Moretz refused to name the culprit, he was apparently “23, 24, or 25.” Moretz was 15 at the time.
“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,” she told Variety.
“It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set … I had to pick it up and go back on set and pretend he was a love interest, and it was really hard,” she said. “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.”
Moretz said that the incident serves as a constant reminder of the disparity between genders in the entertainment industry.
“Even if you’re being paid equally, it’s the little things, especially if the male lead is bigger than you – you aren’t listened to as much and you take a back seat.”
“We’re making big steps, but it’s a long way,” she added, speaking of gender inequality. “We’re nowhere near the top. We’re just catching up. We have a long way to go.”
Though Moretz’s comments are valuable, people are naturally distracted by the anonymous male costar — and people have already done some IMDb sleuthing to figure out who the assh*le in question might be.
Thus far, the names getting tossed around are Aaron Taylor-Johnson …
… Jamie Blackley …
… or Wesley Morgan.
The verdict’s still out, but honestly, it’s not important: the most important part is that there’s still a long way to go before women are treated with their due respect in Hollywood.