Lauren Cohan Talks Overcoming Childhood Bullying And Body-Shaming With ‘Health’

These days actress Lauren Cohan uses her killer acting chops, good looks and athletic frame to slay zombies — and viewers — on “The Walking Dead”. But as the AMC star reveals in the December issue of Health magazine, she hasn’t always received praise for her lithe frame.

The star endured years of bullying, she says as she graces the newest issue of the wellness magazine. “I was very skinny,” she tells the publication. “You know when your knees don’t even look like they’re attached to your body? Kids at school called me ‘Snap,’ like my legs were about to snap because they were so thin.”

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“Everybody kind of goes through some phase, and it’s hard if you’re singled out for anything,” the 34-year-old continues. “But there was this one boy in particular who made fun of me and, it’s funny, then later, when we were 18 or 19, he wanted to go out with me.”

Years later, Cohan admits she’s let go of many of her past insecurities and shares the key to gaining more confidence. “I’ve definitely learned to let go of some of that,” she adds. “One thing I always think about is, at the end of the day, nobody really cares about you as much as they do about themselves. It’s a very reassuring thing, in a good way.”

“Pay attention to yourself, and use that energy and put it towards yourself,” Cohan concludes.

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