In a recent interview with the Sunday Mirror, Christina Hendricks said that she was bullied, insulted and spat on during her teenage goth years:
“I went to a very mean school and was bullied like crazy…I was a bit of a goth with purple hair and I was also part of the drama group, so my friends and I were all weird theatre people and everyone just hated us…There was a long corridor with lockers on either side and kids would sit on top of them and spit on you…
“I was a goth kid. I dyed my hair about 42 different colours, shaved it at the back and wore black make-up. Kids can be pretty judgmental about people who are different…My mother was mortified and kept telling me how horrible and ugly I looked. Strangers would walk by with a look of shock on their face, so I never felt pretty. I just always felt awkward.
Hendricks is most definitely not the first famous lady to insist that she was sooo awwwwkward in high school. Typically, the assertion is because the lady in question was “so skinny!” or “a tomboy!”
I’m not saying that skinny girls and tomboys don’t ever get bullied — anyone can get bullied for any reason because bullying isn’t about the person getting bullied but rather the person doing the bullying. But the cries of “high school was hard for me!” that tend to ricochet around Hollywood usually ring rather empty, more like an attempt to be relatable than an actual retelling of high school events. Coming from Hendricks, who has made a career of breaking the beauty-standards mold and in fact still fends off mean girl comments about her looks on occasion, it feels a little more honest.