updated 11/21/2011 AT 4:50 PM ET
•originally published 11/27/2011 AT 5:30 PM ET
Playing a nasty schoolgirl in the new dark comedy Young Adult, Charlize Theron recalls her own high school days as the girl who never fit in, especially with the boys.
“I wore really nerdy glasses because I was blind as could be and the boys didn’t like [me],” the actress, 36, told PEOPLE recently in New York. “I didn’t have any boyfriends, but lots of crushes.”
Ignored by a boy she had a crush on, she says she had longed to be part of the in-crowd, causing her to do “crazy things.”