Chloe Grace Moretz thinks people shouldn’t “assume” a person’s sexuality.
The actress is starring in the new conversion therapy movie The Miseducation of Cameron Post as a LGBT teen who is sent to a therapy camp.
But many of the LGBT+ community and celebrities alike have waded into a discussion about non-LGBT actors playing LGBT roles but Moretz has said that people are no longer assigning themselves to gender.
At London premiere of her new movie, she said: “Just don’t assume, do you know what I mean?
“I think what’s important about this film is there’s a line in there where she says, ‘I don’t see myself as a homosexual, I don’t see myself as anything’.
“I think that’s the future we’re moving in to. If you talk to a 12 or 13 year old, they don’t speak about gender as this label they were born as.
“They talk about fluidity, they talk about finding themselves for who they are. I think that’s important not to assume, any actor, any person, who they are, what they are, trying to label them or get them to tell you what you want to hear.”
The film’s director, Desiree Akhavan, also said that trans roles should be given to trans people following the backlash Scarlett Johansson got after being cast in Rub & Tug.
She said: “I feel very strongly that trans roles should be played by trans actors. Trans people are being persecuted, especially in America.
“It is dangerous to be a trans woman of colour in that country. I feel like it’s very important that those stories are told authentically and we don’t cast cisgender actors in these roles.
“In terms of actors in my own pursuit of casting this film, everyone was a teenager and it’s not my place to ask their sexuality. Nor did I want to.
“I feel like people make a lot of assumptions about Chloë’s sexuality, That bothers me on a personal level.
“They should not make assumptions. It is not their place to look at a young woman who’s grown up on camera and say, ‘Give me a little bit more information about your sexuality. I’d like to take more than I’ve already had having watched you grow since [the age of] five’.”
Watch the trailer for the new film below: