Mae Whitman's new movie, The Duff, is all about finding the power to embrace your uniqueness in the face of bullies, and it's actually an experience the actress knows well. In a new interview, the star opened up about being bullied in high school - and how she's actually thankful for how she's become stronger because of it.
"I got made fun of a lot and I was bullied for the ways that I looked different from other girls," Mae told Ocean Drive about her school experience. "I think it happens a lot. So [through the movie] I really wanted to communicate to girls, I know this is really hard and I know it hurts, but you have the power to change your perspective and realize that if people are trying to tear you down, that probably means that you have something really special that they’re threatened by."
Mae's advice for dealing with those with hateful words? "Try and throw love at that because that must be a sad way to live," she said. "If it makes one girl feel a little less alone and better about herself, then that’s a job well done."
Of course, Mae knows it's not always easy to feel confident. "Every day is a struggle," Mae admitted. "Some days I’m still like, 'I don’t like the way I [look]…' and other days you feel really good about it. I’m so lucky that I’ve had the experiences that I’ve had. The more that I got challenged, the more it made me really grow and realize who I wanted to be and what I didn’t need and actually stand more comfortably in myself."
"You can use that [negativity] to fuel your fire of feeling amazing about yourself and presenting your best self into the world," she advised. What awesome advice!
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