Originally published by iheartdaily.com 7-29-11
Reposted with permission from Melissa Walker and Annie Ichikawa
Part of the reason why we love Glee is because it’s about the underdogs — the ones who are bullied, but still prevail! So, it makes perfect sense that Glee star Amber Riley has partnered with Secret and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center for the Mean Stinks campaign.
We sat down with Amber to talk about the campaign, bullying and, of course, that show she’s on:
I Heart Daily: What made you want to join the Mean Stinks Campaign?
Amber Riley: I want to help girls deal with bullying and take a stand against it. I get so many letters from girls and I want to inform them and give them a resource that helps deal with bullying and other tough issues.
IHD: Have you ever been bullied?
AR: I have been made fun of and teased, you know, like every other person. I did have a friend in high school who was a bully and I separated myself from her because I didn’t want to be associated with that. Actually my senior year, she wrote me a letter saying she knew she was wrong. She kind of just like apologized because she did miss our friendship and we had two totally different high school experiences — she missed out because she was busy being mean.
Read the full I Heart Daily interview here.