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Christina Hendricks: 'I was bullied at school for being a goth kid'

Murray Wardrop

Published 17/02/2012 | 08:39

Christina Hendricks has disclosed that she was bullied for her appearance as a teenager. Photo: Reuters
Christina Hendricks has disclosed that she was bullied for her appearance as a teenager. Photo: Reuters

SHE may have been voted the world’s sexiest woman, but Christina Hendricks has disclosed that she was bullied for her appearance as a teenager.

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The American actress said she was a “goth kid” with purple hair and black make-up as a youngster, which led to her being persecuted by her high school peers.



The 36-year-old, who shot to fame as Joan Holloway in the US television drama Mad Men, claimed classmates often spat on her in the corridor.



She likened her school days to the plot of the William Golding novel Lord of the Flies, saying she was made to feel “ugly, awkward and horrible”.



It was not until after she left school that Hendricks began to gain confidence in her appearance and started modelling.



Hendricks told the Daily Mirror: “My school days were pretty unhappy. I had the worst high school experience ever. 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. It was like something out of Lord of the Flies.”



Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Hendricks was still young when she moved to a small town in Idaho with her parents, Robert and Jackie Sue, and her elder brother.



A natural blonde, she began dying her hair red aged 10 – to be like the heroine of children’s book Anne of Green Gables.



The family moved to Fairfax, Virginia, in her early teens where the bullying started.



Hendricks added: “Moving as a teenager is never easy. So I tried to set myself apart and it ended up with multicoloured hair. It was how I was expressing myself.



“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.



"But instead of breaking down and conforming, I stood firm. That is also probably why I was unhappy.



“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."



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