“I will speak my mind”

Ac­tor Chloë Grace Moretz talks about dat­ing Brook­lyn Beck­ham, tak­ing on the Kar­dashi­ans and stand­ing up against sex­ism in Hol­ly­wood

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by TIF­FANY BAKKER

Chloë Grace Moretz on her ro­mance with Brook­lyn Beck­ham and why, when it comes to bat­tling sex­ism in Hol­ly­wood, she is happy to lead the charge.

As women in Hol­ly­wood con­tinue speak­ing up about is­sues around sex­ual ha­rass­ment, misog­yny and in­equal­ity, it be­comes clear, in ret­ro­spect, that Chloë Grace Moretz was sound­ing the alarm all along.

Aged just 20, she has made a name for her­self by not be­ing afraid to pub­licly lead the charge as a vi­brant and so­cially en­gaged young voice for the in­dus­try’s younger gen­er­a­tion.

“I’m out­spo­ken and I’m not afraid to speak my mind, even if it’s con­tro­ver­sial,” Moretz tells Stel­lar. “It feels like I’m not do­ing what’s right in the world if I don’t ed­u­cate my­self. If it’s im­por­tant, I’ll speak about it. I don’t think about whether that hurts my ca­reer or not.”

Since break­ing out as the lead in the foul-mouthed, anti-su­per­hero movie Kick-ass in 2010 – filmed when she was 13 – Moretz has ar­guably drawn more at­ten­tion for her honesty than she has for her CV, which is pep­pered with big Hol­ly­wood epics ( Hugo), stan­dard hor­ror fare (re­makes of The Ami­tyville Hor­ror and Car­rie) and come­dies on both the big screen ( Neigh­bors 2: Soror­ity Ris­ing) and small ( 30 Rock). De­spite her youth, she has weighed in bluntly on ev­ery­thing from body-sham­ing (ear­lier this year she re­vealed a male co-star once told her he wouldn’t date her be­cause she was “too big”) and LGBTQ rights (she has two gay broth­ers) to pol­i­tics (she cam­paigned for Hil­lary Clin­ton last year). “I do feel a duty to speak out on these things,” Moretz says. “Of course I want to turn my phone off and run away, and stick my head in the sand. But you can’t; you have to do some­thing.”

When Stel­lar meets the ac­tor, she is at­tend­ing a rain-drenched party at New York’s High Line (an aban­doned freight train track turned into an el­e­vated park) hosted by Amer­i­can lux­ury brand Coach, for which she is the face of their fra­grance. And Moretz, in a light flo­ral dress de­signed by the la­bel, is shiv­er­ing.

“Not the best dress for the weather,” Moretz gri­maces. As if out of nowhere, a head­set-wear­ing as­sis­tant ap­pears to prof­fer an um­brella and a blan­ket. Moretz co­coons her­self in­side the wrap and is shep­herded to drier sur­rounds. She smiles be­fore grimly adding, “Cov­er­ing my­self in a blan­ket can only help the way I look right now.”

Coach tapped Moretz to be one of its am­bas­sadors in 2015, recog­nis­ing her as a young celebrity who also wields con­sid­er­able clout. “Chloë has a sense of op­ti­mism that I feel sums up Coach,” the brand’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Stu­art Vev­ers tells Stel­lar. “Her ease and ef­fort­less style feel rel­e­vant. And she’s a bit of a rebel – we like that.”

Moretz thinks young women and teenagers grav­i­tate to her be­cause “it’s rel­e­vant right now to have a point of view – and mine isn’t forced, in a sense. Young women, in par­tic­u­lar, are able to see that it’s not an act and it’s not a show. I just have a lot of thoughts and ideas that I de­cide to re­ally push out.”

She has at times taken grief for do­ing this; when she crit­i­cised Kim Kar­dashian’s near-nude self­ies as “voyeuris­tic” and “not about body con­fi­dence”, the re­al­ity star fired back. Moretz is not in­ter­ested in re­hash­ing their stoush, say­ing she is fed up with “woman-on-woman hate”. In­stead she says she de­spairs when young women refuse to align them­selves with fem­i­nism. “You want equal rights? You’re a fem­i­nist,” she says, shrug­ging her shoul­ders. “It an­noys me – that word has been vil­lainised and so many young women are scared to at­tach them­selves to it. I hear young women say, ‘Oh, but if I call my­self that, that guy won’t like me.’ Who cares if he doesn’t like you? He doesn’t de­serve you. I want young women to know they don’t need the at­ten­tion of any­one – male or fe­male – for their self-worth.”

Moretz at­tributes this solid sense of self to her close-knit up­bring­ing in the south­ern US state of Ge­or­gia. The ac­tor and her four broth­ers were raised by a sin­gle mum. “Ev­ery­thing that peo­ple look to as rocks in their life – like a fa­ther – I didn’t have. My mother is a great sup­port, but I re­alised no-one’s go­ing to make a path that’s eas­ier in life for me; I’m ei­ther go­ing to sink or swim. I de­cided to not just swim – but to surge.”

Even so, she has been run­ning into some pow­er­ful cur­rents on the way up­stream. Un­til last year, she dated Brook­lyn Beck­ham. The two main­tained a very mil­len­nial re­la­tion­ship, post­ing loved-up In­sta­gram pho­tos, hit­ting red car­pets to­gether and cud­dling on the cover of Teen Vogue. Then it all went bad.

“I went through a hard year and I’m not go­ing to hide that,” Moretz con­firms. “I had to deal with this new level of fame while I was grow­ing up, I was get­ting out of a re­la­tion­ship and all of it was very pub­lic. I wanted to hide.”

To re­fuel, she says, she went into her­mit mode by stay­ing home. Again, it was her fam­ily who helped her bounce back. “They were like, ‘ That’s all great that you want to go away – but you can’t. You are your own per­son. You’re go­ing to have to deal with this sort of thing.’ I felt like things were fall­ing apart, like my head and heart weren’t in the same place. Things started to change when I re­alised I have the power within to change them.”

She brings this same at­ti­tude, per­haps now more than ever, to her work. Moretz cites Ju­lianne Moore (her co-star in Car­rie) and Meryl Streep as role mod­els. Like them, she wants ca­reer longevity and this means tak­ing on roles oth­ers may not view as the best op­tion.

“I gen­uinely fol­low my gut in pick­ing ma­te­rial. I never choose based on bud­get or money. It is al­ways cre­ativ­ity driven and truly based on whether or not

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