Despite spending more than half her life in front of the camera, Chloe Grace Moretz explained why it was time for her to step away.
As a result of an “onslaught of horrific memes,” the 25-year-old actress had become a recluse after a photo of her body was virally compared to that of the exaggeratedly warped physique of a cartoon character. In addition to having body dysmorphia, Moretz also became “extremely anxious” when she was around paparazzi.
One meme of me walking into a hotel with a pizza box in my hand really affected me, and I’ve never really spoken about it. One of the most widespread memes at the time was a family guy character with short torso and long legs based off the photo,” Moretz told Hunger magazine. I told someone about everyone making fun of my body and they went, “Oh, shut up, it’s funny.”.
In Moretz’s words, “I just remember sitting there and thinking, my body is being used as a joke and something I cannot change about myself, but is being posted everywhere on Instagram.” Walking into a hotel with leftovers seemed so benign. It’s still very hard for me to overcome seeing that meme to this day.”
According to the “Peripheral” star, “I think that body dysmorphia – which we all experience – is added to by social media issues. It’s a headfuck.”
Her role in “Kickass” at the age of 12 brought her sudden fame. Following the viral social media backlash that followed Moretz’s decade in Hollywood, she has become a recluse.
Getting away from the photographers allowed me to be myself, and I had so many experiences other people didn’t photograph, but it also made me extremely nervous when I was photographed,” she said. It would raise my heart rate and cause me to hyperventilate.”
Moretz told IndieWire that she hit pause on her career after realizing she was “super unhappy” with her projects at the time.
In trying to get questions answered, I had a tough time navigating the studio system. “I was confronted with these aggressively large hurdles, and I said, “I’m tired of trying to hurdle a system that is designed to fail me.” Moretz added that even her agents thought that signing up for the gay conversion therapy drama “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” would result in her losing her career.
Her experience brought her from a $100-million-dollar studio system to a barely $1 million-dollar movie. It had an amazing script and a character that many people would have shied away from.”