Christina Hendricks is opening up about her experiences with high school bullying.
In the new interview with The Guardian, the 39-year-old Mad Men actress reveals she was bullied as a teen after her family moved from a small town of Twin Falls, Idaho, to Fairfax, Va.
"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 says. "So I had to have my locker moved because I couldn't go in there...I felt scared in high school. It was like Lord of the Flies. There was always some kid getting pummeled and people cheering."
Hendricks says she found comfort in acting and even became goth as a way to express her emotions. "My parents would say, 'You're just alienating everyone. You'll never make any friends looking like that.' And I would say, 'I don't want those people to be my friends," she said. "I'm never going to be friends with the people who beat up a kid while everyone is cheering them on. I hate them.'"
Fast-forward a few decades: Hendricks is on a hit TV show and happily married to Geoffrey Arend. Hendricks says she and Arend have had a "million conversations" about not wanting to have kids.
"I mean, they are a lot of work," she dished. "I think in my mid-20s I [wanted kids] because I was moving around a lot and didn't have that sense of community, of being rooted."
"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 don't understand why I don't want kids.'"