He said, 'I've had a couple of awkward moments where I've seen one in a room and deliberately ignored him and really enjoyed it.'
Henry Cavill sure knows how to get back at his bullies who teased him during his teenage years. The renowned actor known for his "Superman" role now has a fan following for his looks and popularity. However, the star's life has not always been the same.
The actor revealed that he was overweight and had ambitions so he was the primary target for the alphas of each group, reports Huffington Post. However, years later, Cavill got a chance to get the last laugh over the bullies. He said, "I've had a couple of awkward moments where I've seen one in a room and deliberately ignored him and really enjoyed it. He kept looking over and trying to make eye contact and I just kept on blanking him. That was enjoyable because he looks like he’s still a w*****.”
Though he got a chance to get back at his bullies, he said that he doesn't hold any resentment toward the kids who picked on him. “Even though for some it may be malicious, I think it’s just kids being kids, and I don’t hold any grudges,” he said. “People have had it far worse than me.”
The actor did make the best of his bullying experiences in school, he shared that it helped him to become a better actor. “Someone who is on the outskirts of popularity is someone who gets to look in,” he explained. “So I became very much an observer, and that taught me an awful lot about people,” said Cavill, reports PEOPLE.
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"It helped me read people very well, which has helped me in this industry. If I can understand the inner workings of a human being, then I can probably be a better actor,” he added.
Cavill also admitted that the bullying in school helped him stay grounded despite his success and sex-symbol persona. “You take everything in stride,” he said. “Of course, it’s flattering when people say that, but you’ve got to keep yourself aware of the fact that it’s all perspective. There’s one group of people saying that and there’s one group of people who may not feel the same way.”
It might be because of his past experiences that Cavill knows how to stand up for others. In 2021, when his girlfriend Natalie Viscuso was trolled after the couple went official on Instagram about the relationship. He released a statement about it. “Dear fans and followers, I wanted to make a wee community announcement. I couldn’t help but notice that there has been some social animosity of late. It’s becoming increasingly prevalent on my feed. There have been lots of, let’s call it speculation for now, about my private life and professional partnerships. Now, while I do appreciate the passion and support by those very people who are ‘speculating’, It has come to such a point that I needed to say something, which in itself, is a bad thing,” the actor wrote, reports Grazia Magazine.
He added, “We are living in an age of social enlightenment. More and more, people are realizing that their views may have been blinkered and that they need to expand them to encompass others. So, to you out there who are expressing your disdain and showing your displeasure through a surprising variety of ways, it’s time to stop. I know it can be fun to speculate, to gossip and to dive into our own personal echo chambers on the internet, but your ‘passion’ is misplaced, and it causes harm to the people I care about most.”