Christina Hendricks: I Was Bullied, Spit On In High School

Christina Hendricks
"Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks said she was bullied and spit on when she was in high school. Reuters

Christina Hendricks might be one of Hollywood’s most glamorous women now, but the redheaded beauty didn’t receive the same type of attention in high school. In fact, she hated high school, especially after she moved from a small town of Twin Falls, Idaho, to Fairfax, Va.

The “Man Men” actress told the Guardian her peers would spit on her when she would go to her locker.

“We had a locker bay, and every time I went down there to get books out of my locker people would sit on top and spit at me,” Hendricks, 39, said. “So I had to have my locker moved because I couldn't go in there. … I felt scared in high school.”

“It was like the ‘Lord of the Flies,’” she added. “There was always some kid getting pummeled and people cheering."

The actress added part of what kept her from making friends was her gothic look. She died her hair black and purple, shaved it in the back, wore leather jackets and knee-high Doc Marten boots. Her fashion choices were essentially armor against the bullying.

“My parents would say: 'You're just alienating everyone. You'll never make any friends looking like that,'" she recalled. "And I would say, 'I don't want those people to be my friends. I'm never going to be friends with the people who beat up a kid while everyone is cheering them on. I hate them.'"

But she’s come along way from people spitting on her. The “Mad Men” star, known for her curvy figure, is happily married to actor Geoffrey Arend and the two talk all the time about how they do not want to have children.

"I know plenty of people who don't have children," Hendricks added. "And I also get a lot of people who say, 'Thank you for speaking out. My family doesn't understand why I don't want kids.'"

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