Make It or Break It star Cassie Scerbo knows a thing or two about bullies after playing mean girl Lauren Tanner on TV.
Here, Cassie opens up about what it taught her and reveals that she has been bullied too.
"Playing that bully, I got to see things through a bully's eyes. Honestly, they're just insecure people who need to bring other people down to bring themselves up. It's really sad and embarrassing, and if you don't let them get to you, then they won't win," says Cassie. "They won't win and they'll stop, so honestly my advice is just to let it go in one ear and out the other."
Cassie, who says she has definitely been bullied in real life, looks at it as a form of flattery.
"If someone's bullying you and actually taking the time out of their day to try to hurt you, then hey, you're like the center of their world," she explains. "I would just be like, 'Cool, that's obvious I'm doing something right if you want to bully me.'"
According to Cassie, the most important things to remember are love yourself, have confidence and just laugh it off.
The 22-year-old performer, who just became youth ambassador for BOO2Bullying saves her strongest words for cyber-bullies.
"I think cyber-bullies are cowards and embarrassing people, and whether you can see them or not, deep down inside they know what they're doing is wrong," she says. "No matter how much they try to act like they don't, they do."
Cassie believes that bullies never win and that what goes around comes around.
"I'm a big believer in Karma. if you're spreading hate, then you're going to get some hate back in your life," she advises. "Just be a good person, spread love and you'll get the love back."
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