Charlize Theron: I Was Teased By Mean Girls in High School

"I wore really nerdy glasses," she tells PEOPLE. "I didn't have any boyfriends, but lots of crushes"

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Playing a nasty schoolgirl in the new dark comedy Young Adult, Charlize Theron recalls her own high school days as the girl who never fit in, especially with the boys.

“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.

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