Stars Of Sundance: Chloë Grace Moretz

Stars Of Sundance: Chloë Grace Moretz

The seasoned actress talks her return to the silver screen, and starring in the Sundance 2018 Grand Jury Prize-winning film 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'.

The seasoned actress talks her return to the silver screen, and starring in the Sundance 2018 Grand Jury Prize-winning film 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Andrew Mukamal

Text: Alexandra Ilyashov

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Having built an enormously successful career since age seven, Chloë Grace Moretz needed a break. So, in 2016, she took a hiatus from Hollywood to “re-evaluate my career: who I was as an actor, who I wanted to be, what I wanted to perpetuate, and what’s important to me,” Moretz explains. She vowed to hold out for a script that “lights a fire in me and makes me feel like it’s the right step forward.” The Miseducation of Cameron Post, about a gay conversion therapy camp in the ’90s, ended her acting intermission and went on to win Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize.

“I devoured the script literally within an hour,” she recalls. Meeting director Desiree Akhavan shortly after further convinced her, thanks to a shared objective: “To open the minds of people who don’t know gay-conversion therapy isn’t an archaic issue, it’s a modern issue—and something a lot of people aren’t even aware is a reality.”

The cast prepped for the film by meeting with survivors, like Mathew Shurka, an outspoken anti-conversion-therapy advocate. Moretz was surprised by the breadth of “god-fearing families” from vastly different situations and back- grounds who have opted for conversion therapy. “[They] crossed religions, and economic barriers; it wasn’t just rich, upper-class families,” she says. Moretz hopes the film can provide solace for survivors, and perhaps dissuade families considering “converting” a gay child: “There’s no ‘fixing’ someone. There’s only accepting and nourishing.”

Next, she’ll star in Party of the Century, about Truman Capote’s Black and White ball; The Widow, co-starring Isabelle Huppert; and the Luca Guadagnino-helmed remake of Suspiria, alongside Tilda Swinton. She’s also co-directing a short film with her brother and producing partner, Trevor Duke Moretz. “We don’t have to mince words; we can be incredibly blunt and real, and we’re like two halves of the same brain,” Moretz says of working with him. “It’s wonderful because you know you’re always safe."

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