Sydney Sweeney Was Told 'No Boy Would Ever Love Her' If She Had Cuts or Scars

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It's totally normal if you still cringe thinking about rude or hurtful remarks made towards you as a child, especially if those comments were directed at your appearance. Just take it from Sydney Sweeney, who recently shared the cruel comment about her body that she received when she was younger. And while the unsolicited critique still (understandably) remains with the actress today, Sweeney's knockout of a response serves as a good reminder that you hold the power over your own self-worth.

In an interview with British GQ's digital outlet, GQ Hype, the Euphoria star opened up about previous experiences in which she's felt, in the publication's words, "undermined." After talking a bit about a time when a casting director told her that she'd "never be on a TV show" and that she didn't have the "right look," Sweeney recalled an incident from when someone's mother made remarks about the scars on her body from her active lifestyle. ICYDK, Sweeney's love of sports runs deep — in fact, she told the outlet she's tried golf, softball, soccer, slalom skiing, wakeboarding, basketball, ballet, and riding dirt bikes when younger, with her true love being mixed martial arts (MMA).

"I'm a very active person. I get hurt. I get bruises. I get cuts," the 24-year-old told GQ Hype. "I think I came back from laser tag, and I had rug burns all over my legs because I got really into it. And she sat me up on the counter and told me that no boy will ever love me if I have marks on my body."

Sweeney's epic response? "I told her, well, I guess I'm just gonna have to love myself." Mic, meet floor.

Even though Sweeney didn't mention how old she was at the time, hearing someone discuss your body like that at any age can be particularly painful. But it seems comments like that — as well as being in the public eye for years — have helped her develop an incredible outlook about appreciating her body for what it does instead of what it looks like. (Related: Sydney Sweeney Revealed the Downside to Her 'Euphoria' Nude Scenes)

In 2021, she told Yahoo Life that for her, self-confidence is a "daily process," especially as her fame has grown. "There are some people looking at it [her body], but at the same time, something that I've really started telling myself is this is the one body I'll have for the rest of my life. And it does so much for me and I need to appreciate it and I need to love it because I'm not going to get another one. So I'm just kind of loving myself more and thanking my body for everything it does," she said. And while Sweeney knows she has a lot of eyes on her as an actress, she hopes that the love and appreciation she gives to her body inspires others to do the same for themselves, adding "because I think loving yourself is number one before you can actually love anyone else."

It seems that sharing such sage advice is what the White Lotus star wishes she'd heard herself as a kid. "I want to make sure that I am what I wish I had to look up to when I was little. That's something that I've always kept in my mind," she told Yahoo Life a little under a year ago. "If I was myself at 13 or 16 or however old, would I be what I wish I had?"

As for the haters? Well, they can take a hike. (Up next: What to Know About the Period Hack Sydney Sweeney Used to Try to Stop Her Flow)