Chloe Grace Moretz: Waitressing is the hardest thing I’ve ever done

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Chloe Grace Moretz is only 21 years old, she’s been in 47 films, and this was her first year as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she explained how that happened, she had to be recommended by other Academy members, which was fascinating to me. She also talked about voting for the first time and how her brothers helped her judge the movies. Chloe has four older brothers, I can’t find all their ages and names but her brother Brandon is her business manager and her brother Trevor is an actor and has coached her. She also talked about the fact that she studied to be a waitress to prepare for her role in Greta, out March 1st, a thriller costarring Isabelle Huppert. (Here’s the trailer it looks so good.)

On how she got into the Academy this year
You have to have people vouch for you [with] letters of them saying they’ve worked with you and think you’re worthy of being in the Academy. This was my first voting year. Michelle Pfeiffer [wrote a letter for me].

“Did you take it seriously and watch all the movies?”
I try to. I like to watch all of them even down to the animated shorts. It’s helpful because I have four brothers and my mother who is a single mother over 50. I have two gay brothers and two straight brothers. So I have kind of a concentrated test group.

“Who do you vote for, your friend or would you vote for the best performance?”
There’s a little bit of nepotism in there. I’m going to give it to the nicer person.

“Who has been the biggest influence on you whom you’ve worked with?”
Julianne Moore played my mother [in Carrie]. She took me under her wing and has helped me. She’ll call me out of the blue and we’ll chat and have lunch.

She plays a waitress in Greta and tried to do it in real life
In this story I’m a waitress at a nice restaurant. I talked to my director I was like ‘I don’t know how to do it. Can I go into a place and try it out?’

We found a little place in Dublin [where we were filming]. I did two days of training and then they had me hit the floor. It’s hardest thing I’ve ever done. I cannot write shorthand. I [couldn’t] upsell the specials. Failing at at. Trying to input it in the screen. The order goes in to early and then they’re mad because the food’s cold.

That’s sweet how Julianne Moore has mentored her through the years. It also sounds like Michelle Pfeiffer has helped her out quite a bit. In order to get into the Academy you have to be Oscar nominated or two current members have to sponsor you. Chloe is a rare child actress who seems to have matured and grown while working steadily. I would also say that about the Fanning sisters. (They should be in the Academy too, I hope they are.)

In college I tried waitressing for maybe six weeks. It might have been a month or less and just seemed longer. I worked at a sit down restaurant that was part of my college’s meal plan, it wasn’t even a proper restaurant and it was so hard. Chloe said that customers got mad at her, and I could relate. That was the worst feeling! After sucking at that job I switched to another one delivering pizzas by foot within the dorms. We had this labyrinthian dorm system but navigating that was way easier than waiting tables.

Here’s the video!

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  1. Livethelifeaquatic says:

    I waitressed for about a year and a half before I finally gave up. I don’t have the personality for it. Plus, I would often get comments like “why don’t you smile” from men. So annoying

    • BengalCat😻 says:

      I didn’t even last a week. I would rather did ditches. I always treat servers with extra respect bc my god people can be horrible.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      hardest job I ever had, for sure. some people treat their servers like serVANTS, and it’s really so rude. it’s really not that hard to treat your server like a human being who just happens to be serving you dinner and clearing your plate. say please and thank you.

      it’s refreshing to hear a pampered movie star say something like this, instead of how sitting in the make up chair for hours is JUST SO HARD, y’all!

    • Alyse says:

      I preferred waitressing/hospo to retail!

      But I also didn’t work in USA (aka rely on tips), which would’ve effected things I’m sure

  2. Annika says:

    I think serving is something that should be a mandatory part of growing up! It’s very hard work & you learn a lot about people, work place politics, etc.
    I waitressed throughout high school & college, varying from a small down diner to a franchise family restaurant to a fine dining establishment. Busted my ass, but it was good for me.
    For years afterward I would have nightmares that my hubby & were broke & desperate so I had to go back to waitressing & it nearly killed me! LOL 😲🤣

    • Jess says:

      I agree it should be mandatory for everyone! It really teaches you a lot about people and how to deal with them, and how to treat them later in life as you progress to a different career but still eat at restaurants, lol. I bartended and waited tables for 7 years and it’s been 13 years since I left but I still have that same nightmare, usually the computer system is one I don’t recognize and I get in the weeds quickly. Also hated when I’d be be home in bed after a long shift and suddenly remember that table 72 asked for ketchup and I never got it, like shit!! 😂

      • Wilady says:

        I waitressed for 4 years, and I totally relate to the nightmares! I’m in the weeds, turn the corner and realize I have a 15 top that I didn’t realize had been sitting there for twenty minutes already, lol.

        I oddly kinda liked it though. I love the hustle of a Friday night, no drama to bring home when your last table leaves, no ongoing projects, no deadlines, and cash in your pocket every night. Taught me a lot about how to treat people too, and how to react to people. Saying your piece and freaking out on someone who’s probably irrational will get you nowhere but broke. Shake it off, smile and carry on to the next table.

      • Wilady says:

        Haha, yes!! Waking up at 3am like 😳 I NEVER REFILLED HER TEA!!

    • TQB says:

      My dad INSISTED that my sister and I waitress – and he was 100% right. It *is* hard. You do learn a lot about yourself and what you’re willing to do for a tip. But on the bright side, restaurants can be fun and exciting and there’s never a time when you’re looking at the clock and wishing the work day would end. Plus, ain’t no drama like restaurant drama. It was my favorite job and there have been many moments where I’ve longed to go back to it.

    • Mia4s says:

      I agree. Waiting tables, Food Service, or Retail should be mandatory for every human being. It would help so much with empathy and compassion. (Don’t start yelling at a retail worker in my presence, I will take you down.)

      • lucy2 says:

        I never waited tables, I knew I’d be horrible at it, but I did work retail, which definitely is its own hell! I worked at Blockbuster Video in college (yes I am old), and I can’t tell you how many times men would come up to me (never the male or older employees) and ask if we carried adult films. Ew, ew, ew.

        Chloe seems to be doing well, one of my favorite roles she done was on 30 Rock, holding her own against Alec Baldwin. It’s nice to hear of people like Julianne Moore looking out for the younger actors.

      • Nicole76705 says:

        Same here, I caught the tail end of a senior citizen yelling at a young Chick-fil-a cashier. He walked away and she turned and ran in the back. I told him he should be ashamed of himself, he’s old enough to know better than to treat a young employee like that and I hope he was proud of himself because he made her cry. He responded “well, she was filling my cup wrong.” Senior citizen or not, you don’t treat food service people like that, they don’t get paid enough. Worst jobs I ever had in food service, people treat strangers sooo bad.

    • Zip says:

      I disagree. It’s the parents job to teach their kids empathy and good manners and not the job of some awful customers. I’m never rude because I know I would fail miserably if I had to do this kind of work myself.

      • Arpeggi says:

        Parents can only teach you so much and there comes a time where you have to learn on your own and figure out what was good in your parents’ teaching and what can/needs to be ditched. Moreover, you have to learn to behave and be professional when your parents aren’t around. And I truly believe that you have much more empathy towards those doing those jobs if you done them yourself; it goes beyond not being rude.

        Working in service whether it’s waitressing or working in a store or a public pool is a good teaching experience. It teaches you the importance of showing up on time (something lots of kids that never worked seem to have a hard time doing, at least when I look at the students in my university) because if you don’t, you’ll get fired and piss off your workmates, it teaches you about how people behave when they think they have power over you and that the customer, actually, isn’t always right and when you’re working while studying, it helps you with time management. Those are great skills that’ll stick with you for the rest of your life.

    • Topsovn says:

      Any retail / customer-facing job teaches you a lot about dealing with people and the work environment.

  3. CatWomen says:

    The reason I went back to college was I knew I didn’t want to be a waitress and worked as a server went to school. Graduated and got a tech job at 26!
    So excited over Cohan’s testimony please post when it’s time to do an update Kaiser.

    • Ebi says:

      I have a BFA and still work occasionally as a cater waiter. Just last week we were in a big house and the owner was there talking to a guest and while i was pouring their wine, the guest said, “do you always use servants?”
      I guess that’s what we are, and we laughed about it later, but really.

  4. Steff says:

    You can always tell who’s an a**hole and who’s not by the way they treat service workers. I think George Clooney said something like that once.

  5. Jen says:

    Being a server in high school and college is a huge part of why I have a worth ethic I’m proud of and really helped me develop skills I took with me into the corporate world.

    I learned so much about how I want to treat people and speak to people, because I’ve never again been spoken to in the way some people felt entitled to speak to me when I was their waitress. It’s really mind blowing even remembering what you put up with as a server.

    • Arpeggi says:

      I worked in a high-end bakery in high school and in a pharmacy/methadone clinic in university. Loved both jobs, worked in both places for about 4 years each and some of the people I met while working there are still dear friends of mine 15+ years later.

      While I have had some bad experience at the pharmacy (even wondered if we’d be attacked after being unable to fill a mobster’s prescription because it was addressed to “John Smith”), the bakery is where I dealt with the worst customers. Many were awesome: I got hockey tix from players’ agents, I was invited to meet my MPs at fancy dinners, some were proposing to help with my college applications if needed but oh the contempt and entitlement I witnessed on a daily basis! The worst was when we’d caught rich customers stealing… the crap we would get from them for daring to call them out.

  6. Jb says:

    Waitressing and customer service are great jobs for teaching you how to deal with Aholes. I did customer service in retail for 2yrs then worked front desk at a clinic for 3yrs during college…fun but difficult times when awful ppl came in. Always wanted to try waitressing because always wondered if I’d be a great one and if I could pull in good tips! I really like Chloe as she seems down to earth and she’s a really good actress on her way to becoming great.

  7. Babadook says:

    Any fellow Dubs know where she waitressed? I’m super curious.

    • Mila says:

      I feel like all the actors go undercover when they’re here – I remember learning from lovin dublin way too late that Blake Lively was shooting (I was on Grafton Street that day at some point, so I don’t know how fast they were!), there was almost no coverage when Sebastian Stan was filming in Bray…How do you catch them stars when they’re here???

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    There was this extremely large and popular restaurant, bar, club thing near my college. A few of us interviewed for waitressing positions which we all got. I started on a Thursday night so very busy plus I’m only five feet and in some areas, it was standing room only. That night I took home $600 cash and cried until I fell asleep. On Friday night, I had earned $800, and cried harder and longer. Men. I can’t tell you. I’d made it to Saturday night. Busiest night. Mind you at 5ft, I couldn’t hold trays over my head as I’d just hit everyone in the face. I maneuvered drinks and food through seas of people. I was soaking wet from spilled drinks. Someone had thrown up at one of my tables. Yes, I took home hundreds that night, but I never went back lol. No frakking way was the money worth being meat on a stick, taunted, touched, rubbed, smacked whatever. Three days! I lasted only three days lol!

    • Zip says:

      At five feet you probably also got a lot of elbows in your face… I’m this tiny, too, so I could relate. Crowds are so scary.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        I got a black eye that last night from some dude twisting off a bottle cap. Someone bumped into him and the bottle hit my left eye with force. It was a wonderful symphony of perfect timing.

  9. Beth says:

    Interesting bit of trivia: Both the Fannings and Chloe are originally from Atlanta.

  10. Kaylove says:

    I’ve been a server for over a decade. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the flexibility it gives me & I’m good at it. Some days it truly is a horror though & people are jerks, ha!

  11. Desolee says:

    God she has nice hair.
    Call centre was worse than waitressing, bussing and hostessing for me! Because of the lack of integrity in every part of the job from above, your colleagues and what you’re selling / lying about to clients :(
    What I liked about restaurant jobs is the moderate physical activity and getting to see who comes to the restaurant. And it’s straightforward:)