Actress Kyra Sedgwick's hit new film The Edge of Seventeen brought back painful memories of her awkward teen years.
The 51-year-old plays a struggling single mom of two teenagers in the Kelly Fremon Craig film, and she admits the director created such an honest movie she saw herself in Hailee Steinfeld's character many times.
"My high school experience was at Friends Seminary School in Manhattan and it was just like Nadine's (Steinfeld)," she tells WENN. "I felt like an outcast and a total misfit toy.
"By the time I was in high school I was over trying to be popular, but in elementary school it was like ugh! I never had the cool clothes. Everyone had LL Bean clothes and would buy them and they would look wrong on me. Everything looked wrong. I had kinky hair and everyone had straight perfect hair. I had knobby knees. Oh it was a nightmare!"
And her look made her a magnet for bullies, but she now looks back on her teens and realizes all the torment helped her perfect her acting skills.
"I got ganged up on all the time emotionally," she adds, "but what actor has a great high school experience? I really suffered a lot and was in a lot of pain, so I could totally relate to Nadine. I think a lot of teenagers felt this way. I didn't know many people who thought they were great and were the popular kids in school. The film is painfully real for me, all of it."
It clearly resonated with officials at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who handed Steinfeld a Best Actress Golden Globes nomination earlier this week (12Dec16).