Chloe Grace Moretz has opened up about her struggles with body dysmorphia and anxiety after being the target of viral memes on social media.
In a recent interview with Hunger magazine, the 25-year-old actress revealed she sought help from a therapist after scrutiny online made her “too self-conscious” about her body.
“I had to go through it,” Moretz explained via Fox News.
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“For a long time, I could be the Chloe that people see and the Chloe that I am in private. Then those two worlds collided and I felt really vulnerable and vulnerable and open.”
“And then there was an onslaught of horrible memes that started sending me about my body.”
Peripheral the star recalled how she was “really influenced” by one particular meme that compared her body to Family man character.
“I never actually talked about it, but there was one meme that really affected me when I walk into a hotel with a pizza box in my hand,” she said.
“And this photo turned into a character from Family Guy with long legs and a short torso, and it was one of the most common memes at the time.”
In addition to the pain she felt after being ashamed of her body, the Atlanta native was also hurt when others rejected her suffering.
“Everyone laughed at my body and I lifted it with someone. And they’re like, “Oh, shut up, that’s funny.” And I just remember sitting there and thinking, “My body is being used as a joke and this is something I can’t change about who I am and it’s being posted all over Instagram,” she said.
“It was as harmless as walking into a hotel with leftovers,” Moretz added. “To this day, when I see this meme, it is very difficult for me to overcome it.”
The meme first began circulating in 2016 when the actress was photographed by paparazzi as she left a hotel with two pizza boxes in a black T-shirt, black shorts and black high heels.
The image was photoshopped by internet users to shorten Moretz’s torso and lengthen her legs. The photograph was then placed next to Family man the “Feet Go Up” character Griffin from a 2011 episode. The character had exaggeratedly long legs and a short torso.
Moretz admitted that she was “a little sad” after the meme went viral and didn’t enjoy posing for photos on the red carpet anymore.
“It required a layer of something that I used to enjoy: getting dressed, getting out on the carpet and taking pictures, and it made me very shy,” she explained.
“And I think the body dysmorphia that we all face in this world is extrapolated by social media issues. It’s goddamn it.”
Carrie the actress said Hunger The level of anxiety she experienced while being photographed caused her to withdraw from the spotlight.
“Basically, I became a hermit,” Moretz said.
“It was great because I got away from photography, I was able to be myself and have so many experiences that people didn’t photograph. But, at the same time, I was very worried when I was photographed. My heart rate was racing and I was hyperventilating.”
Moretz explained that the start of the COVID-19 pandemic came as a relief of sorts as she was able to cover her face with a mask when she went out in public.
“This experience has definitely helped me. I just put on a hat, put on a mask, and then put on a hood, and I will have many more opportunities, like going to a concert, biting my lip, or having unreported acne, ”she said.
She added that the lockdown also allowed her to take a break from her busy schedule, adding that it was “a time of soul-searching.”
“To say that the last two years have changed our lives is an understatement to say the least. I’m a completely different girl than I was. Now I feel like a woman,” concluded Moretz.
This article originally appeared on Fox News and reproduced here with permission
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