Lipnicki, who played Renée Zellweger’s son in the film, took to Instagram earlier this week to reveal that he endured years of ridicule from his peers after the initial attention of the famous movie died down.
“As a kid/teen I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB,” he wrote in the moving post. “I was told I was a has-been and would never book a job again.”
Many remember Lipnicki as the adorable little boy who blurted out random facts like, “Did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?!” to Cruise’s character.
Now 26, Lipnicki wrote in the Instagram post that he has snagged roles in several smaller films — an extra special accomplishment for the star who said his days as an actor were over.
“I was made to feel like garbage every day of middle school to the point where I had a panic attack every night before school, because I wondered how I would get through the day,” Lipnicki continued.
He added: “It was humiliating.”
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Well-wishes and messages of encouragement poured in to the comment section after Lipnicki uploaded the post. He soon shared a follow-up message, noting that he has never publicly discusses his “lifelong battle with anxiety and depression.”
“I’m here to help others by sharing my experience,” the actor wrote. “I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor and kids will hopefully see that they can be too.”