Not long before before Hailee Steinfeld became an Oscar-nominated actress at the age of 14, the True Grit star was tormented by her classmates at Colina Middle School in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Home-schooled since 2008, the 16-year-old actress opens up about her rough tween years in the June issue of Glamour.

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"Bullying is something I went through, from third to sixth grade, when I got pulled out [of school]. I still go through it," the Romeo and Juliet actress admits. She now works with The Trevor Project to mentor LGBT teens who are considering suicide. "If I can be the person who says, 'Trust me when I tell you it will be OK,' then I will be that person."

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Steinfeld adds that she hopes to help bullies realize the error of their ways. "Often bullies are taking something [personal] out on others," she explains. "If they use that energy to make someone smile, we can save so many people in the long run."

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With five movies in production, Steinfeld may not seem like a typical teenager. Even so, the Ender's Game actress has maintained a level head as her career continues to skyrocket. "I'm away from home for six weeks at a time, sometimes more, and it's tough when I miss my dad," she tells Glamour. "But he always says to me, 'Are you having a good time?' And I really am. That's why I'm here."

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