Chloe Moretz On Kicking Ass & Rejecting Roles In The Name Of Feminism

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Yay for young girls stepping up to the feminist plate! It’s not an easy label to carry around, especially because of so much stigma attached to it. But what the younger generation have as an advantage, is that they are creating a whole new version of the movement that is fresh, relevant and exciting to other young women.

Actress Chloe Moretz, best known for her role in the ‘Kick-Ass’ movies is one of those teens (yes, she’s only a 17!!) who identifies as a feminist and has no problem speaking about it when asked. In an interview with AOL for her new film ‘The Equalizer’ with Denzel Washington, she talked about how being an actress in Hollywood has actually strengthened her views on feminism.

One of the main thing she is adamant about is turning down roles, especially those that only serve to stereotype women.

“As a feminist you kind of look at a lot of these roles in movies. A lot of young female characters that I turn down are a typical female plot device or a sexualized, boobs out, ass up [figure], and that’s all they need.”

Having said that, she stars as a teenage prostitute in ‘The Equalizer’, but took the role for the right reasons.

“It felt so real, and not like I was just some plot device,” Moretz said. In a world where 27 million people (mainly women and girls) are caught in human trafficking, it’s not as if her character was trying to project something that doesn’t need to have more light shed on it. Also, she didn’t want to only play those tough-girl roles after doing ‘Kick-Ass.’

“I’ve definitely had studio heads want to put me in a box. After ‘Kick-Ass,’ they wanted me to only play the bad girl. When I was a little kid, I was only auditioning for the little baby satan roles or the little girl who was sexually molested or something. Those were the only two characters who were out there. I didn’t want to do that,” she said.

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“I never wanted to play into the stereotypes; I’ve always wanted to go against them in life in general. My mom, I have to give her a lot of credit, because she raised me in that setting in real life. Art imitates life, and it just kind of bled into that.”

Earlier in 2014, in an interview with Allure Magazine Chloe was asked what she thought of other celebs such as Shailene Woodley and Kelly Clarkson who shirk the label of “feminist” as they think it is too extreme. Chloe, like many of us, think they just have the wrong info.

“I don’t think they really understood what feminism is,” Moretz said.

“It’s a right. Feminism, to me, is standing up for everything that someone else has already done for you. My mom has overcome so much in her life. She makes me want to stand up for myself. Stand up to the studio heads who try to tell me that I can’t have blonde hair; they want brown hair. Or I need bigger boobs, or I need to work out. Or I’m too skinny, so, like, ‘Eat a cheeseburger.’ I stand up for myself every day of my life. I grew up in a family of four boys. I’m, like, a born feminist. I’ve been a feminist since I was four years old.”

This is the bare bones of modern day feminism. While we are still fighting for many aspects in life that call for equality, especially in some developing nations where women aren’t allowed to vote, drive, own property, work or get educated, being aware of how much progress we have in the Western world should mean a responsibility to our sisters elsewhere who still need help.

It is the right of every woman and man to live equally, and to live with the ability to make choices.

We can’t wait to see Chloe in ‘The Equalizer’, but aside from her work on-screen, it’s pretty obvious she is already kicking ass in life!

 

 

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