Ever since she first came on the scene as an impressive child star, Chloë Grace Moretz has been wise beyond her years. Now the actress is opening up about how the struggles her older brothers faces helped shape her into the eloquent, informed 18-year-old she is today.
As she tells Nylon Magazine this month, Chloë was attuned to the dehumanizing treatment her older brothers received after coming out of the closet. Seeing the guys she admired find hostility from society at large motivated her to reject hate and to think about the world in terms of acceptance and empathy.
She was only 11 years old when she saw brutal harassment firsthand
Chloë was in middle school when two of her four older others came out as gay, and the tight-knit family quickly rallied around them for support. But classmates and other people in their lives weren't so kind, and the younger sister witnessed terrible treatment that drove her to take a stand:
"People would call them the F-word, and I would get so angry. It was really hard to see my brothers be hated on or bullied, so I stood up for them. We shouldn’t be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are."
Her brothers' mistreatment helped shape her perspective
In Chloë's mind, the way society handles sexuality still has a ways to go. She takes issue with the need to "come out of the closet" since it still presumes that heterosexuality is default until it an active announcement changes that. The actress believes that personal identity should not inform how someone is treated:
"At 11, you’re incredibly observant and realizing what society is, and who you are, and people are kissing boys or girls for the first time, and you’re really starting to understand what sexuality is. The problem is we live in a society where we have to say the words, ‘I’m coming out.’ No one should care what your sexual orientation is, what color your skin is, or if you’re a man or a woman."
Pretty damn astute for a pre-teen!
This fueled her lifelong fight for human rights
Refusing to accept a world where her brothers are disregarded simply because of the people they love, Chloë has used these painful memories to build a broad push for social justice.
"At a young age, I was motivated to fight for gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights — all human rights."
It's always refreshing when young celebrities find genuine inspiration in their personal experiences, and it seems that, with the help of her family behind her, Chloë Moretz continues to be one of the most level-headed up-and-comers in Hollywood.