In a new interview, actress Chloë Grace Moretz says that she was once reduced to tears on set when a male co-star body-shamed her. She told Variety, “This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in a real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’ — as in my size. It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set.”
Moretz did not want to reveal the identity of the actor. But she narrowed it down to only a few possibilities by saying that she was 15 at the time, that the actor played her love interest, and that the actor was “23, 24 or 25.”
Chloë Grace Moretz was born in February 1997, meaning the incident she’s talking about took place on a movie filmed between February 2012 and February 2013. With that in mind, the options would be Movie 43, Kick-Ass 2 and Carrie.
In Movie 43, Moretz plays a character who goes on a first date with a boy played by Jimmy Bennett. But this doesn’t fit with what Moretz told Variety because Bennett is only one year older than her.
In Kick-Ass 2, which was filmed when Moretz was 15 years old, her character goes on a date with a guy named Simon, played by Wesley Morgan. Morgan is six years older than Moretz, and he would have turned 22 during the course of Kick-Ass 2‘s production. Morgan has also appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation and Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, and he does modeling work outside of acting.
Wesley Morgan is younger than Moretz described, but she was clearly unsure of the actor’s age during the Variety interview. There also is no actor who played Moretz’s love interest when he was between 23 and 25 and she was 15.
On Twitter a few hours after this Variety article was published, Trevor Duke-Moretz, Chloe’s brother, said that the person in question isn’t really acting anymore. This would fit with it being Wesley Morgan, as Morgan has not had any acting credits for the past two years.
When Chloë Grace Moretz’s comments were first published, some fans assumed she was talking about Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays Kick-Ass. He was 22 when Kick-Ass 2 was filmed, and he shares a kiss with Moretz’s character at the end of the movie. However, Trevor Duke-Moretz has confirmed that it wasn’t Aaron Taylor-Johnson who body-shamed his sister.
In Carrie, Moretz’s character is taken to the prom by Tommy, who is played by Ansel Elgort. But Elgort doesn’t fit the description because he was 18 when Carrie was filmed and is still working as an actor.
Moretz also appeared on 30 Rock during this time frame, but she specified to Variety that the incident happened on a movie set.
These are the options based on Moretz’s description. If she perhaps is misremembering when the incident took place and it actually happened when she was 16, there would be a few more possibilities. In Laggies, her love interest is played by Daniel Zovatto, who is six years older than her. In If I Stay, her love interest is played by Jamie Blackley, who is six years older than her as well, but Trevor Duke-Moretz has said it wasn’t Blackley. In Clouds of Sils Maria, Johnny Flynn plays her love interest, but he was 30 when the movie was filmed. And in Dark Places, her love interest is played by Tye Sheridan, but he and Moretz are the same age. These are all movies that were filmed when Moretz was 16, but each of these actors is still working, and it therefore couldn’t have been any of them.
So based on Chloë Grace Moretz’s comments to Variety and Trevor Duke-Moretz’ comments on Twitter, it seems that the actor she is talking about is likely Wesley Morgan and that the incident happened on the set of Kick-Ass 2. He is the only person who played Moretz’s love interest in a movie, was in his early-to-mid 20s when the movie was filmed, and is no longer working as an actor.
Moretz told Variety that she broke down after her co-star made the comment and that it was difficult to get back into her performance.
“I had to pick it up and go back on set and pretend he was a love interest, and it was really hard,” she said. “…It just makes you realize that there are some really bad people out there and for some reason, he felt the need to say that to me. You have to kind of forgive and not forget really, but it was just like wow. It was jarring. I look back on it and I was 15, which is really, really dark.”