"I've been both the bully and the bullied," the Awkward actress has said. "I remember there was this girl, her name was Jackie, and I hated the fact that she wore these rainbow socks. You know why? Because I wanted to wear them, I wanted to feel confident enough.. It came from a place of insecurity. And I was mean to her and I feel very bad. But it was because I was insecure and I was jealous.
"I was [a bully] at different points during my childhood,” he has said. “I was dealing with my emotions the wrong way. From a child’s perspective, you don’t understand. As an adult, you get that’s not the way to deal with things.”
"I grew up in tougher neighborhoods, and I was bullied, but there have been times when I was a bully in order to defend myself," she has said. "I might have been a little overzealous sometimes, and I've been a bully. I think those two people — the bullied and the bully — live in all of us."
"I was a rotten kid, just rotten. I was always in trouble. I tried so hard to be good, but I was incapable. Just incapable. With the greatest of effort, I would manage to get a C in citizenship. I was a bully," she has said.
"Growing up, I made things very difficult on people around me at school. I was a jerk," the True Blood actor has admitted. "Looking back I can see that it was a very confusing time and I didn't know what to do with it, and somehow I had in my mind that if I could lash out at other people and hurt them I could somehow secure something for myself."