Charlize Theron reveals her ugly duckling past

Nov 28, 2011 at 1:43 p.m. ET

Charlize Theron revealed that she was bullied as a young girl. Find out why the "mean girls" made her cry.

Charlize Theron said she was ugly as a child

It's a familiar refrain: Beautiful actress or model was actually a really ugly duckling as a child, you guys.

Cue the violins.

Sure, we love to follow our favorite entertainers, but we don't believe for a minute that they were ever chubby, ugly or awkward. The latest beautiful and perfect actress to claim that she was an awkward kid? Snow White and the Huntsman actress Charlize Theron.

"I wore really nerdy glasses because I was blind as could be and the boys didn't like [me]," the 36-year-old actress told People. "I didn't have any boyfriends, but lots of crushes."

The South Africa-born actress went to great and "crazy" lengths to get attention from those she coveted most, like the popular girls.

"I wasn't in the popular crowd. There was a really popular girl at school and I was obsessed with her. I mean you would go to jail for that stuff today," Theron remembered with a laugh. "I was in tears one day because I couldn't sit next to her."

She eventually got over it, though.

"I actually got a lot of the mean girl stuff from the ages of 7 to 12. I was pretty much a mess in primary school," she admits. "But I got that out of my system by the time I got to high school and was more immune to all of that stuff."

Now, she's the one millions of women want to emulate with her looks, body and career.

Sorry, Charlize: We love you, but we're still not buying it.

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