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Chloe Grace Moretz Sums Up Hollywood Life So Perfectly, You’ll Forget She’s Only 17

Chloe Grace Moretz Carrie World Premiere October 7 2013 Los Angeles California

When I was 17, my most profound thoughts revolved around watching Friends on Thursday nights and shopping for my senior prom dress.  Not so for Chloe Grace Moretz, whom you may know from the Kick-Ass movies and such, who offers her thoughts on Hollywood in such a profound way I’m now questioning if I was really as mature as I thought I was at that age (hmm… nope!).  Apparently she’s starring in a French-inspired film that’s playing in Cannes at the moment, and offered her thoughts about life in the celebrity bubble at a press conference:

“You have to be the most realistic person, the one that makes your own toothpaste — that’s what it is now. There’s no Vaseline on the lens anymore. We want the sharpest image, to see all your pimples! We want to see that you’re a messed-up human. We want to see you cheat and lie. And it’s kind of depressing because, instead of being actors, we’re now just entities, which isn’t our job.”

As someone who blatantly gets joy out of celebrities like Lorde who speak out against Photoshop and in favor of showing her zits (They look just like mine! At 28!) and amusement over Shailene Woodley‘s passion for clay toothpaste, I read this quote and felt like I needed to take a minute and think about life on the other side of the petroleum jelly-less lense for a minute.

While I think it’s awesome when actors show us their real personalities–because we’re all just humans looking to connect with each other, and if we can connect with rich, famous, talented and beautiful people too, well, BONUS–I can understand where she’s coming from here.  We kind of expect these people to show us who they are now, and maybe it’s just the way society is progressing thanks to social media and reality television and whatnot – but that doesn’t necessarily make it justified, I suppose.  Because people cross the line in those expectations all the time, and a lot of actors find it much easier to be someone else on-screen or on-stage, because it’s terrifying to be yourself sometimes.

On the other hand, I also find myself stifling my snark a bit (and my inner “boo hoo celebrity life is so hard” critic).  She is, after all, only 17 years old. . Sure, she’s mature and well-spoken, but perhaps just a teensy bit angsty and dramatic, too?  I don’t know, maybe.  But she brings up a solid, interesting point that made me think.  Can’t knock her for that.

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  • itpainsme2say

    I don’t see how she is being dramatic. If she got into acting because she likes acting why can’t she complain about all the stuff that use to not be a part of that job description. To say that part of being an actor is exposing all parts of yourself just isn’t fair and it shouldn’t be this way. I’m on the side of the actors.

    • Cassandra Hough

      I was just playing devil’s advocate there. I don’t necessarily believe she is being dramatic, I was just suggesting it. Lamenting about being “an entity” when she can’t even legally buy a pack of cigarettes yet is kind of severe to me, even if there is a lot of truth to it, that’s all.

  • Isabelle

    Celebrities are still people who feel the same emotions as the rest of us. As Jim Carrey has said “we should give everyone fame and wealth and then they’ll realize that’s not enough”.

  • The Urban Bunny

    They are paid to portray fantasies and often to look lovely while doing so but it’s pretend. It’s not dramatic to recognize that people crave the knowledge that you have zits, bad hair days, and can occasionally be a ass. Connections are awesome they bind us together but they aren’t owed. They entertain we watch that’s all they’re required to give and us to receive.

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