Although she is only twenty-five years old, celebrity actress Chloe Grace Moretz has stepped away from the spotlight after a mean viral meme poked fun at her appearance. The young star, who suffers from body dysmorphia, was likened to a long-legged Family Guy caricature. The mean meme sent Moretz into an anxiety-fueled tailspin so that she felt forced to withdraw from the public eye and nurse her wounds from the mean-spirited joke about her appearance.

“I basically became a recluse,” the young actor said.

In a conversation with Hunger magazine, the 25-year-old actress expressed how much the meme hurt her feelings. The mean meme eventually got under Moretz’s skin and caused her to suffer from body dysmorphia and lots of anxiety over her appearance and her public persona.

“I just remember sitting there and thinking, ‘My body is being used as a joke, and it’s something that I can’t change about who I am, and it is being posted all over Instagram,’” she told the publication in earnest.

Moretz has been acting for more than twenty years, and for the last ten years, she has been pursued by paparazzi photographers who want to capture her at every outing and every time she steps out of the house to do an errand or runs to finish a chore.

“There’s always gonna be the darkness that comes with fame,” she told Hunger from her Los Angeles home. “When Kick-Ass came out, I was 12 years old, and I think from that point forward, everything shifted.”

Despite her success in Hollywood, Mortez could not handle the stress of the mean meme that made fun of her appearance. She was not comfortable being the butt of a joke that made fun of the way she looked – something she was not able to control about herself.

She recalled the day she realized how famous she had become: “I remember the day I became aware of it,” she says. “And it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was 18 and doing a red carpet. I walked off of it, and I felt so much self-loathing and was really confused about the experience that just went down. I was really unwell after that. There was this complete jarring shift in my consciousness. I questioned who I was. What am I doing? Who am I? Why am I doing this? Like, what does this mean?”

She underwent a lot of therapy to be the strong person she is today.

“I had to work through that,” she told Hunger. “For a long time, I was able to be the Chloë that people see and the Chloë that I am in private. Then those two worlds collided, and I felt really raw and vulnerable and open. And then came the onslaught of horrific memes that started getting sent to me about my body. I’ve actually never really talked about this, but there was one meme that really affected me, of me walking into a hotel with a pizza box in my hand. And this photo got manipulated into a character from Family Guy with the long legs and the short torso, and it was one of the most widespread memes at the time.

“Everyone was making fun of my body, and I brought it up with someone, and they were like, ‘Oh, shut the fuck up, it’s funny.’ And I just remember sitting there and thinking, my body is being used as a joke, and it’s something that I can’t change about who I am, and it is being posted all over Instagram. It was something so benign as walking into a hotel with leftovers. And to this day, when I see that meme, it’s something very hard for me to overcome.”