TROIAN Bellisario is opening up.
Speaking to Seventeen magazine, the Pretty Little Liars star revealed she battled some harrowing issues as a teen growing up..
Troian plays Spencer — an overachieving high school student, often pressured to extremes to succeed — on Pretty Little Liars.
As a high school student, Troian says that she struggled to cope with the new challenges, and things eventually got really ugly.
“Being a teenager is chaotic because you’re kind of coming into your own. I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired,” she said.
“I started self-harming when I was a junior. I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school.
“It was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody. I just thought if I ever expressed [to my parents] any sadness or anger or anything that’s going on with me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it turned into self-destructive behavior.”
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