Charlize Theron: I Was Teased By Mean Girls in High School
11/27/2011 AT 05:30 PM EST
"I wore really nerdy glasses because I was blind as could be and the boys didn't like [me]," the actress, 36, told PEOPLE recently in New York. "I didn't have any boyfriends, but lots of crushes."
Ignored by a boy she had a crush on, she says she had longed to be part of the in-crowd, causing her to do "crazy things."
"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 says with a laugh. "I was in tears one day because I couldn't sit next to her."
She also says she was bullied by her classmates for her glasses and not having the perfect haircut and clothes.
"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."
Young Adult opens Dec. 9.