Georgie Henley was bullied mercilessly at school

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 February 2018
Georgie Henley

Georgie Henley

Georgie Henley has admitted she was "bullied mercilessly" by her school peers while she was filming the 'Narnia' trilogy

Georgie Henley was "bullied mercilessly" at school while filming the 'Narnia' trilogy.

The 22-year-old actress shot to fame when she was only eight as Lucy Pevensie in the Disney series but admitted it had a toll on her education because she "didn't have the confidence" to be proud of her work.

Speaking to The Times newspaper, Henley said: "I loved the work side of school, I loved learning, but the social side was a minefield.

"And part of that was worsened by the films that I had done, by me being in and out of school.

"There is such a pressure of child stars not to admit that it's hard. To smile and say 'yeah, I love my double life', and pretend they are a special agent or something.

"It was that thing of not wanting to put your head above the parapet for fear of it being sliced off, but I should have had the confidence to be proud of what I did.

"I was bullied mercilessly; people were so awful to me at school. It was amazing getting to uni and people being, like, 'That's so cool!'

"And I was, like 'I know, right?' So I wish I could say to the 13-year-old me, 'Be proud of what you've accomplished'.

"And that doesn't mean being arrogant. They are not the same. I think I conflated the two things."

After starring in the three 'Narnia' films - 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe', 'Prince Caspian' and 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' - Henley has secured a number of other roles, but she is now looking for challenging projects.

She said: "Some child actors grow up and their career gets quite calculated. Their agents say, 'you can do an indie film, then you have got to do a blockbuster, and then you can do two more indies', but I'm just looking for stuff that scares me and challenges me.

"Because I still feel like I don't know anything and I have still got lots to learn, so having to jump in at the deep end like this..."

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