"I was a nerd in those days. Outsider, like the kid that played the clarinet in the band and in orchestra, which I did," director Steven Spielberg said on "60 Minutes" earlier this week, revealing a private pain from his past.
He's not alone, of course. A surprising number of celebrities have owned up to being bullied in their youths, or to, just generally, feeling like an outsider. Launch the gallery below to find out which other celebrities were picked on, from Megan Fox to Kristen Stewart to Tom Cruise.
Christian Bale's "Empire of the Sun" was well-received by the critics. His schoolmates had a different opinion. "I took a beating from several boys for years. They put me through hell, punching and kicking me all the time," Bale told People (<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7520004.stm">via BBC News</a>).
"Usually the bullies are the most insecure," <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/144231/megan-fox-on-how-to-deal-with-bullies">the new mother told E! News</a>. "I was bullied and it's hard, you feel like high school's never going to be over. It's four years of your life and you just have to remember the person picking on you has their own problems and their own issues. And you're going to be OK."
"Well, it's just one terrible memory that replays every time I have a moment of insecurity," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/18/cameron-diaz-jason-segel-_n_879702.html">Segel told YoungHollywood.com </a>about being called names when he was young. "[My classmates] would stand around me in a circle and they would jump on my back one by one and they would chant, 'Ride the oaf, ride the oaf'."
"So many times the big bully comes up, pushes me. Your heart's pounding, you sweat, and you feel like you're going to vomit. I'm not the biggest guy, I never liked hitting someone, but I know if I don't hit that guy hard he's going to pick on me all year. I go, ‘You better fight.' I just laid it down. I don't like bullies," Cruise told Parade magazine in 2006 (<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-04-06/news/0604060155_1_bullies-mary-lee-father">via The Chicago Tribune</a>).
"I was a nerd in those days. Outsider, like the kid that played the clarinet in the band and in orchestra, which I did," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/steven-spielberg-anti-semitism-bullying_n_2002155.html">the 65-year-old director recently told "60 Minutes."</a> Spielberg also said he faced anti-Semitism in his Phoenix, Ariz., neighborhood.
"I had a really tough time when I was in middle school," <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20631674,00.html">Lovato told People magazine</a> in September. "People would write 'hate petitions' [about me] and send them around to be signed. They'd have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They'd come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away."
The "Gossip Girl" actress revealed that she was<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/michelle-trachtenberg-e-investigates-bullying-video_n_1777765.html"> bullied by 150 kids</a> in middle school on a special episode of "E! Investigates: Bullying."
The "Black Swan" actress, who was raised on a hippie commune, has a bullying story that is pretty fierce. “I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f*****.’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the s**t out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies. Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of.’ And I said, ‘That was me. Go f*** yourself.’”
"When I was in middle school and high school a bully would tell me ways to kill myself every day. The bully would put mean things on flyers and hit me and just taunt me in every way. I had no friends. Then, on top of all that, one of my good friends committed suicide because of this bully," <a href="http://www.bettyconfidential.com/ar/ld/a/exclusive-brittany-snow-a-bully-would-tell-me-ways-to-kill-myself-everyday.html?pageID=2">the actress has said</a>.
"I didn’t fit in at high school, I wanted to be like Boy George and I felt like a freak," <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20322691,00.html">the pop star told Ellen DeGeneres</a> in 2009. "It took a long time for me to be OK with myself."
The "Glee" star admitted recently that the bullying was so bad in middle school, he opted to be home-schooled instead. “I was very tiny,” <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/10/03/chris-colfer-glee-new-yorker-festival/">Colfer said at the New Yorker Festival </a>in 2011. “I spent most of my time stuffed into lockers. Thank god for cellphones, or I’d still be in there.”
The "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" star <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/krysten-ritter-sex-actress-angsty-and-bad_n_1979337.html">told Playboy</a> that she was "picked on" in high school and that "when I became a model, it got even worse because the girls became meaner -- 'Oh my God, I can't believe she's a model. She's not even pretty.'"
"It's not like I didn't care that they made fun of me. It really bothered me. I remember this girl in sixth grade looked at me in gym and was like, 'Oh my God! That's disgusting -- you don't shave your legs!" <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/06/kristen-stewart-responds-critics-shit-eaters-vanity-fair">the "Twilight" star told Vanity Fair </a>about her childhood.
"I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school so I didn't get attacked. I'd eat my lunch in the nurses' office so I didn't have to sit with the other girls. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn't have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool backpack," Alba told the U.K.'s Daily Mirror.
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