Chloë Grace Moretz commended a Variety journalist for asking about the actress’ experience working with disgraced comedian Louis C.K. within the context of the #MeToo movement against systemic sexual harassment and assault. Only, Moretz didn’t end up answering the question itself.
During an interview with the cast of The Miseducation of Cameron Post at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the interviewer turned the questioning toward the #MeToo movement, asking Moretz about her personal experience in working with C.K. on the 2017 film I Love You, Daddy.
In the film, Moretz plays C.K.’s aimless teenage daughter China who begins dating a much-older filmmaker (played by John Malkovich) much to her father’s demise. The movie was dumped from box offices in November after the New York Times reported that C.K. masturbated in front of several women without their consent, sometimes blocking them from escaping the situation.
“Given the ‘Me Too’ movement and also just kind of what this films stands for as well, you had a somewhat personal experience with it. You worked with Louis C.K. How did you deal with that, and how are you doing now?” the interviewer asked Moretz.
While Moretz commended the interviewer for asking her that question—saying this wouldn’t have been asked at Sundance two years ago—she said it was more important to focus on the movement and insinuated that it wasn’t helpful to single her experience with C.K. out.
“Um, you know I think it’s, it’s not helpful to kind of like—you know, I could single in and talk about my experience but I think it’s more important to talk about the movement as a whole. I’m one of hundreds of thousands of women in so many different industries that has a story and you know you could ask any of us in this room and all of us could easily give you ten stories, I’m sure,” Moretz said, looking to her Cameron Post castmates for affirmation.
“And I think it’s just nice, the communications, the fact that you asked that question, and at Sundance, you know, in the video suite which is you know, this never would have happened two years ago,” Moretz went on. “So the fact that it’s a conversation and it’s a question is monumental, and I think that it shouldn’t be looked past or looked over, so. Yeah, we’ve all been through a lot of stuff but at least we’re communicating and people are gonna be held accountable.”
It’s a curious answer in the context of “communication” and holding people “accountable,” particularly when we ask ourselves about the role that women play in the enabling of male predators and just exactly what responsibility women have to answer to the predatory behavior of others. Regardless, it’s a dodging answer.
Watch Moretz’s full reaction to being asked about Louis C.K. below: