Why you haven't seen Chloe Grace Moretz in a movie lately

Where is Chloë Grace Moretz? The child-star-turned-Hollywood-bombshell has seemingly been MIA from the big screen for some time now. While some fans worried she dropped out of the spotlight after her split from Brooklyn Beckham, the truth is, Moretz has been changing gears in her career and enjoying the simple joys of life.

The last film she starred in was 2018's Greta, in which she plays a young woman stalked by a psychotic and aggressive piano teacher. Without a doubt, it was Moretz's most mature role yet.

The star began acting at age 6 and gained fame with roles in movies like Big Momma's House 2, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Desperate Housewives, 30 Rock and Kick-Ass. Throughout the years, she's been drawn to complex characters, and she's thrived when put in their shoes. In 2016, however, Moretz stopped acting altogether when the live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which she was supposed to star in, was dropped. At that point, she made the decision to pursue other passions, so she hit the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton (via The Hollywood Reporter). 

Moretz called her Hollywood hiatus "one of the most nerve-racking things I've done, because, of course, there's that thing in the back of your head: what if you don't get that opportunity again?" she told The Guardian in 2019. "What if you don't have a career?" 

Chloë Grace Moretz's comeback was derailed by Louis C.K.

Chloë Grace Moretz's return to the entertainment industry was certainly no fairy tale. The actress starred in the film I Love You, Daddy in 2017. Comedian Louis C.K. wrote, directed, and starred in the movie. Moretz plays a teenage girl whose relationship with her father (Louis C.K.) becomes complicated as soon as she starts spending time with a 68-year-old film director (John Malkovich). The film premiered in Toronto, but was soon dropped, as a string of women accused Luis C.K. of sexual misconduct.

While Moretz was certainly annoyed that a project she spent so much time filming was canned, she completely supported its cancellation and actually hopes the movie never sees the light of day. "I think [the movie] should just kind of go away, honestly," Moretz told The Guardian. "I don't think it's time for them to have a voice right now." 

Chloë Grace Moretz says producers tried to muzzle her

Chloë Grace Moretz has always been a feminist, and a fearless one at that. She spoke her mind long before people saw it as a cool thing to do, and in a 2019 interview with The Guardian, she admitted that it had almost cost her professionally.

"Now, everyone says it's cool to be woke," she said. "When I was doing it before, people were like: 'You're crazy. You're going lose your career over this. You're so outspoken.'"

She added that back before the #MeToo movement, when she was openly discussing causes she supported and issues that bothered her, studio heads and producers were constantly calling her publicist, her manager, and her agents, telling them to keep her quiet before she had to be blacklisted from Hollywood! "A broad spectrum of different people were like: 'Is this what she wants to be? Does she want to be the outspoken girl?' And it's like: 'Well, yeah. Respectfully, F that,'" Moretz said.

Moretz is continuing to work in the film industry but learning to live a life of balance. At the moment, she's dating model Kate Harrison (via the Daily Mail) and getting ready for the 2021 debut of Tom & Jerry, a movie that will feature a blend of live-action and cartoon animation, per the Pop Culture Times

Chloë Grace Moretz wants to be challenged in her career

Chloë Grace Moretz has always shocked and impressed fans with her ability to portray complex characters on-screen. Over the years, she's gained fame for her roles in adult comedies, action movies, and even horror films. Before she was even in her teens, she played Hit-Girl in the 2010 movie Kick-Ass. Her more recent thriller Greta (which she starred in with French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered her even more attention as a serious, mature performer.

In a February 2019 interview with NPR, Moretz admitted she doesn't choose her roles lightly. During her career hiatus, she decided that when she did step back into show business, she would pave her own path. The break made her reevaluate where she wanted to be in her career, and gave her time to plan how to get there. Looking forward, Moretz doesn't want to be comfortable, she wants to "fear" the next step.

Chloë Grace Moretz's new outlook on acting

Speaking of her change in career path, Chloë Grace Moretz told NPR in February 2019: "A few years ago now I took a year and a half off to reconfigure where I was and really start this next iteration of my career, as the adult that I now am, on the right foot. And for me, this hopefully next 20, 30, 40 years I want to continue to question myself, and to find anonymity in the characters that I take on, and have myself fear the next step that I'm going to take, because I think through fear is how you blaze a new trail within your own heart and within your own mind."

With so many films under her belt, the last thing Moretz wants to do now, at her peak, is settle.

"The easiest thing you can do as an actor is to know you're good at certain areas of what you do, and to continue to do them," she said. "But to call yourself out, and to slam yourself against a wall a little bit, and be like, stop it and try this, is very terrifying, honestly, and you end up really questioning yourself. But in the end it's really empowering."