Chloe Grace Moretz often plays the underdog fighting for justice on the big screen (think: Carrie, Hugo, Kick-Ass), but the 18-year-old actress is adamant about fighting for justice in real life, too.
In her interview for this month’s issue of Nylon, the experienced actress shared what it was like witnessing her two brothers, Trevor and Colin come out. After being raised in a household where her mother insisted everyone be treated with kindness and compassion, seeing her brothers bullied at school didn’t compute in young Chloe’s mind:
“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. And to see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful,” she told Nylon.
“The problem is we live in a society where we have to say the words, ‘I’m coming out,’” she continued. “No one should care what your sexual orientation is, what color your skin is, or if you’re a man or a woman.”
Chloe was fired up witnessing her brothers bullied, and realized, even at a young age, that ignorance should be addressed and equality must be a priority. “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,” she said. “We shouldn’t be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are. At a young age, I was motivated to fight for gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights—all human rights.”
While it’s absolutely heartbreaking that brothers were harassed at school for being their true selves, we’re so inspired by Chloe’s commitment to taking action.
Chloe understands that her fame gives her a platform to inspire others to treat people – no matter their gender, sexuality or race – with respect. A huge fan of Hillary Clinton, she shared that if she wasn’t acting (which is hard to imagine, since she’s been at it since she was ten), she’d want to be a politician.
“I’m ready, guys, youngest female president ever!” she exclaimed during her interview. “I don’t know…maybe not president. I might just be a senator. We’ll see.”
Well, Chloe. Whatever you decide, you have our vote.
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