Valentine’s Day has a whole new meaning for actress Michelle Trachtenberg. The actress took to Instagram on Thursday to share her feelings about what Valentine’s Day means to her. The actress who achieved fame in the 90’s in films like “Harriet The Spy” and “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” recalls hating going to school on the one day that is supposed to be about love and acceptance. “So. It’s valentines’ week. Back in my day all the kids had to write a bullshit Valentine’s Day card to everyone in the class. I never got one on purpose, everyone got a valentine card.” Said Trachtenberg
The actress who later had roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Gossip Girl” shared the horrible experience she went through. “No one ever gave me one and they thought I didn’t need the attention.” She said. “The kids and staff all laughed and thought everyone else should get one, being an actress since I was 3, apparently I didn’t need one.” The actress continued her lengthy post detailing how unfair the whole day seemed to be. She even goes into detail about only having to work to help her family pay bills.
“No one gave a thought I was helping my family pay bills. I was just the girl on the tv, it was just that their kid wasn’t on tv.” Trachtenberg’s openness went even deeper as she explained why this particular day of bullying was so upsetting for her. “This is challenging for me to post as people always contact me on social media saying oh my brother my sister went to school with you, you were best friends! False. The kids were cruel.”
The actress, however, has managed to find a light at the end of the tunnel. She refuses to harp on the past and let it ruin the great life she lives now. Her post went ton to tell her followers that while she is past it, it left deep physical and emotional scars for her. “There is no need to harp on the past. But I still have scars from being thrown down stairs and slammed into lockers head first. I write this to every child, teen, person, out there who is bullied. You are something. Do not put your value in someone else. Not letting them win, is your win.”
Continuing to look on the brighter side, Trachtenberg ends her post by thanking all the people who took the time to be nice to her. “So actually my valentines goes to three teachers who protected me and I think about to this day. Mrs. Vollman (she let me eat lunch in her classroom so the kids wouldn’t throw out my food or throw their food at me) Mrs. Lighter (who helped me love learning and let me read books in her classroom) Mr. Beckman (he saw I was a writer and challenged me, as a former college professor and wanted to see my writing succeed) Thank you to you all. #Grateful for life.”