While Valentine’s Day can bring about joy, it can also be a sad time for some.

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg recently shared one of her not-so-fond memories of the holiday. The “Harriet the Spy” star posted a photo of herself as a kid with a reflective caption on Instagram Thursday.



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“It's valentines week,” the 34-year-old wrote. “Back in my day all the kids had to write a [expletive] Valentine's Day card to everyone in the class. I never got one on purpose, everyone got a valentine card. No one ever gave me one and they thought I didn't need the attention. The kids and staff all laughed and thought everyone else should get one, being an actress since I was 3, apparently I didn't need one.”

Trachtenberg, who appeared on numerous episodes of "Gossip Girl" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," went on to reveal how her early career resulted in her being bullied by kids, who now claim they were friends.

“No one gave a thought I was helping my family pay bills,” the star pointed out. “I was just the girl on the tv, it was just that their kid wasn't on tv. This is challenging for me to post as people always contact me on social media saying oh my brother my sister went to school with you, you were best friends! False. The kids were cruel.”

The actress claimed she even has proof of just how mean her schoolmates were.

“There is no need to harp on the past. But I still have scars from being thrown downstairs and slammed into lockers head first,” Trachtenberg wrote.



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The actress then directed her attention to others who may be experiencing similar hardships.

“I write this to every child, teen, person, out there who is bullied,” the star advised. “You are something. Do not put your value in someone else. Not letting them win, is your win.”

Trachtenberg concluded the post by dedicating her holiday hearts to those who came to her defense during this rough phase of her life.

“So actually my valentines goes to three teachers who protected me and I think about to this day,” she wrote. “Mrs. Vollman (she let me eat lunch in her classroom so the kids wouldn't throw out my food or throw their food at me), Mrs. Lighter (who helped me love learning and let me read books in her classroom), Mr. Beckman (he saw I was a writer and challenged me, as a former college professor and wanted to see my writing succeed). Thank you to you all. #Grateful for life.”

Actor and musician Zane Carney offered a sweet message and support in return to the “Ice Princess” star.

He wrote:

“In fairness, you were my Valentine in my head when we dated as 12-year-olds and I even fell into my Mom’s bed in NYC sighing 'I’m so glad she’s mine' to which my Mom replies 'women aren’t your property!' (She was having a rough day but also was right hahahaha) Anywho, I’ve always adored you Michelle, and I relate so much to this post with how much I got picked on for being on Dave’s World. You’re still the best and I wish WE would have gone to school together cause we would have protected each other! Happy soon to be V-Day and please come to my gigs this weekend as my guest with Evan?!"

Trachtenberg returned with “I love you” and added a heart emoji.