• Actress Chloe Grace Moretz attends a screening of 'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post'. (Getty Images)
“I have two gay brothers. We were raised in small town in northwest Georgia [in a] very Christian baptist town."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

24 Aug 2018 - 12:11 PM  UPDATED 24 Aug 2018 - 12:11 PM

Actress Chloë Grace Moretz has opened up about her own family's brush with the ideology behind 'conversion therapy', offering a touching insight into the plot of her new film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, in which she plays a gay teenager who is sent to a treatment centre called God's Promise.

Speaking to the BBC, Moretz admitted that her two gay brothers had tried to "pray the gay away".

“I have two gay brothers. We were raised in small town in northwest Georgia [in a] very Christian baptist town," Moretz said.

"So when my brothers came out, it was fairly jarring to the community."

She continued, reflecting on her family's spirit of acceptance: "We were very blessed to have my mother who was very progressive, but nonetheless, they dealt with a lot of self-hate when they came out.

"And they tried to – which is very common in the community that we grew up in – 'pray the gay away' on their own before coming out to the family, which I was unaware of during the time.

"[It’s] shocking."

The actress also cemented her role as an LGBTIQ+ activist, saying: ‘I’m very much an activist. I’ve been an advocate and an ally for the LGBT community for a very long time."

She added: "The content I’m putting out is some form of activism."

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