Chloe Grace Moretz on Fitting in "Activism With My Art" With 'Miseducation of Cameron Post'
"I wanted to make movies that are socially aware, progressive and still entertaining, exciting, funny and attainable to big audiences, and this film was all those things wrapped into one," Moretz told The Hollywood Reporter.
Chloe Grace Moretz tells The Hollywood Reporter In Studio that after 15 years in the entertainment industry, she’s finding ways to put her “fingerprint” on her career, including a starring role in Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
“About two years ago I took a year and half off to sit back and reconfigure my career. I’ve been working since I was 5 years old, and so for me, it was really a second to figure out what this next iteration was going to be and how I could really put a fingerprint on my career and activism,” she explained.
“Being an activist has always been a massive part of my life, but I found that being able to partner my activism with my art was what I wanted to keep doing, and make movies that are socially aware, progressive and are still entertaining, exciting, funny and attainable to big audiences — and this film was all those things wrapped in one.”
In The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, Moretz stars as Post, a high school girl who’s shipped off to a conversion therapy camp and forms an unlikely bond with others in order to survive.
Moretz spoke on the “overwhelming” response the film has received, “especially from young gay kids about just being represented adequately onscreen, and I think that speaks highly of our director, Desiree Akhavan.”
The actress herself spoke highly of Akhavan, particularly in the way that she shot sex scenes between her character and Quinn Shephard. “She just looked at me and she looked at Quinn and she was like, ‘I’m pretty sure you guys can do this. Pretty sure you guys know what you need to do.’ The only thing we had to accomplish was to get me to unbutton the cardigan with one hand so that was the only thing we practiced,” she told THR.
Moretz continued: “She was like, ‘I’m going to make everyone disappear,’ and she made every crewmember completely disappear, hiding in different areas and it was just me, the other girl and Ashely Connor, our DP. That speaks to how Desiree finds so much confidence in the people she casts and she works with, from the top down.”
Watch the video above to hear Moretz discuss what she learned about conversion therapy, filming the movie during the election and more.