Chloe Grace Moretz Interview: ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’
When Chloe Grace Moretz read the script for “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” she was “taken aback, obviously, about conversion therapy as a whole, and that this is an actual practice in America.” She was even more surprised when she met actual survivors, and found that “none of them were older than 25; they had been in since they were 15. I think the mundanity of the issue was something that really shocked me.” Set in 1993, this FilmRise release stars Moretz as a teenage girl whose conservative guardians hope to change her sexual orientation by sending her to a religious camp. Watch our exclusive video interview above.
Moretz has two gay brothers, so she thought the film would be “a beautiful opportunity for me to be able to partner my activism with my art, and be able to fight for something that has personally affected my family.” Born in Atlanta, GA, the actress and her siblings came from “a very religious upbringing” where “one of my brothers consulted with the church to ‘pray the gay away’ prior to coming out to our family.”
Production began while Barack Obama was still president, so Moretz and the crew were afraid they “were going to be making this movie in an echo chamber,” considering the world seemed like a more accepting place back then. Things changed when Donald Trump was elected. “The reality not only of the rhetoric he was spewing, but the reality of our Vice President, Mike Pence,” who is “an open advocate and supporter of conversion therapy,” made the film especially relevant.
Moretz can also be seen this year in Luca Guadagnino‘s horror remake “Suspiria.” She has been acting since she was seven-years-old, appearing in such films as “Kick-Ass” (2010), “Let Me In” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), “Dark Shadows” (2012), “Carrie” (2013) and “Clouds of Sils Maria” (2014).