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.