Desiree Akhavan cleared the set and gave Chloe and co-star Quinn Shephard the freedom to do whatever they felt comfortable with in the critically-acclaimed new film, about a gay teenager undergoing conversion therapy.
"She just looked at me and she looked at Quinn and she was like, 'I'm pretty sure you guys can do this. Pretty sure you guys know what you need to do...'," Chloe tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She was like, 'I'm going to make everyone disappear', and she made every crew member completely disappear... and it was just me, the other girl and Ashely Connor, our DP (director of photography)."
"That speaks to how Desiree finds so much confidence in the people she casts and she works with, from the top down."
The project also allowed Moretz to make a movie with meaning after taking a hiatus from acting to figure out how she could include her activism in her career.
She explains she took on the role because it encompassed everything she wants to accomplish now she's no longer a child star in Hollywood.
"About two years ago I took a year and half off to sit back and reconfigure my career," she says. "I've been working since I was five years old and so for me, it was really a second to figure out what this next integration was going to be and how I could really put a fingerprint on my career and activism."
"Being an activist has always been a massive part of my life but I found that being able to partner my activism with my art was what I wanted to keep doing and make movies that are socially aware, progressive and are still entertaining, exciting, funny and attainable to big audiences, and this film was all those things wrapped in one."