Katherine McNamara is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Myra Santelli in the Disney Channel original movie Girl vs. Monster.
Because I was always different, I was bullied a lot. All the mean girls in my life have given me a lot to work with – I know how they act! As an actor, I love to transform myself, so it’s fun for me. I loved the role of Myra because she changed so much throughout the film. At first she was the stereotypical high school mean girl, then she became even meaner as a monster, and at the end she becomes nice – something that doesn’t’ always happen to mean girls and I wanted to show that.
When I was 6, my mom put a quote on my wall that I’ve been looking at for 11 years now. It says: What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular. Because of that quote, it taught me to “be your own you” and I was confident in who I was and able to let the bullying roll off my back. Everybody is different in their own way, and if kids didn’t like me, that was fine. I liked who I was and wasn’t going to change for someone who didn’t like me. As long as you’re right and good in your own heart, that’s all that matters.
I want to get kids involved in anti-bullying efforts and show them that their words and actions can have a bad and lasting effect on others. Today, kids to EXPECT to be bullied in school and that’s just not right. It’s a horrible experience and needs to change at the source, which are the kids.
Learn to love yourself. Start by taking one thing you love about you – the way you draw, your smile, laugh, hair, quirky personality, intelligence – and focus on that. When you focus on what you love about yourself, others will see it also and you’ll more easily find people who support you and love you for you.
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