Chloë Grace Moretz is the kind of celebrity I’d kind of want to be friends with. She’s famous but not enough that she can’t step outside without being mobbed; she has no problem telling Kim Kardashian to put her clothes back on; and she has some pretty choice words about the entire “squad” phenomenon, kicked off by queen bee Taylor Swift.
In a new cover story, the 19-year-old told Complex how she really feels about squadism (“They appropriate exclusivity. They’re cliques!”) and hinted to writer Andrew Gruttadaro that her friend Selena Gomez—Taylor’s number-one BFF—deigned her worthy of joining the famous girl group that includes Swift, Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Karlie Kloss, and other lithe starlets who typically can be found hanging on the arm of Taylor, but Chloë declined the offer. The telling exchange:
Since Moretz is friends with Selena Gomez, who in turn is friends with Taylor Swift, the person who more or less brought squadism to the mainstream, I have to ask: “Do you know Taylor Swift?”
“Yes,” she says, already aware of where I’m going with this. “Did she, you know, ask you to join her squad?”
“Yes,” she repeats carefully, nothing more.
At this point I’ve forced celebrity Chloë Grace Moretz and 19-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz to collide. She seems to want to say a lot of things—perhaps about the “Bad Blood” singer—but already knows the repercussions of those things becoming public. I can practically feel her urge to unleash bubbling and rising to the top of her throat. Just then a smile spreads across her moon-shaped face, the padlock that keeps whatever’s in her mind just right there, and she says, measuredly, “She’s a very talented person.” “You can talk to me about these things, you know,” I say back. “You know I can’t!” she laughs.
Keep doing you, girl.