Even though Lauren Cohan is a fan favorite on AMC's The Walking Dead, her beautiful looks were once harshly mocked. In Health's December issue, the 34-year-old opened up about being bullied in school for her naturally thin body.
"I was very skinny," she shares. "You know when your knees don't even look like they're attached to your body? Kids at school called me 'Snap,' like my legs were about to snap because they were so thin."
"I was so gangly, even sneakers looked awkward. Everybody kind of goes through some phase, and it's hard if you're singled out for anything," she continues. "But there was this one boy in particular who made fun of me and, it's funny, then later, when we were 18 or 19, he wanted to go out with me."
The talented actress also weighed in on the pressures of looking a certain way in Hollywood and explained how she remains grounded and puts herself first. "I've definitely learned to let go of some of that," she says. "One thing I always think about is, at the end of the day, nobody really cares about you as much as they do about themselves. It's a very reassuring thing, in a good way. Pay attention to yourself, and use that energy and put it towards yourself."
"Somebody said to me the other day, 'If this moment isn't the best moment of your life, you're doing something wrong,'" she adds. "And I think about that all the time. Because me not liking where I'm at is such a waste of energy. And being able to be there for others is only coming from self-acceptance. You have to do what makes you feel good, but for me, it has to come from that spiritual side first."