Chloe Grace Moretz Talks Overcoming Self Image Issues, Felt ‘Fat’ And ‘Not Pretty’

It’s not easy growing up in Hollywood. That is especially true for people like Chloe Grace Moretz, who are promising talents just trying to navigate the system, nevermind the atmosphere that Hollywood creates for young women.

In an interview with Marie Claire, Chloe Grace Moretz spoke about the image issues she’s had to overcome in the industry. In particular, Moretz tells the magazine that it was during the filming of the Carrie remake that she felt the worst about herself. During the interview, she said that social media fueled the fire to creating self-esteem issues for herself.

“I felt fat; I felt not pretty. I felt like I didn’t really know who I was. I was so confused; I was scared. I had bad acne. I felt incredibly insecure.”

And just because she’s been acting since she’s a child doesn’t mean that Moretz had it easy. As a child of divorce, Moretz said that her parents’ separation gave her thicker skin, and transformed her into her own worst critic.

“It made me harder on myself. [It] was as heavy as you can get to dismantle a family, for sure. He just left, so it’s like you have to fend for yourself… When you’re betrayed by someone that is a bloodline, you start to beware trusting people and to protect yourself at all costs.”

She continued, “For a long time, I did that too much. I wasn’t letting people in.”

Now that Moretz is older and has a little more perspective on life as a young adult, it’s easier for the actress to navigate social media and Hollywood. The 5th Wave star discussed how she currently feels about herself.

“I’m so free now. I don’t know what happened, but when I turned 17, this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I’m so open; I have a good time; I don’t worry about what people say about me. I know who I am, who I want to be, what I want to portray myself as, what I want people to think of me.”

That’s not the only subject that Moretz spoke about. In the interview, she also mentioned that, unlike her peers, who are normally focused on dating, she’s picking her career over men. In the feature, she said that dating is something for people who understand the world, and she still has a lot to learn about the world to date anyone seriously. Unlike stars her age in Hollywood, she’s also not interested in dating men older than her. Instead, she would rather date people her own age or those who are less “serious.”

That doesn’t mean she doesn’t reach out for some dating advice. When Moretz was filming Carrie, she connected with Julianne Moore, who played her mother in the movie. She said Moore told her that she might be used based on fame and told her to be careful and to trust her judgment. The Academy Award actress told the rising star “don’t get in too deep” when it comes to dating men. It sounds like her current take on relationships came directly from Moore.

Currently, the star is promoting The 5th Wave, a film about a girl who is on the run when alien attacks have left the Earth in chaos.

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