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Julianne Hough Delivers Inspiring Message About Finding Body Confidence After Being Called 'Fat' On Set

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Julianne Hough

People can be so cruel.

In a recent feature for Redbook magazine, Julianne Hough opened up about being "very self-accepting" growing up — until "something switched" in middle school. Her body confidence only worsened when she was bullied on a film set about her weight.

Fortunately, she's figured out a way to be kind to herself and be self-loving.

Related: Take A Moment To Appreciate Julianne's Honeymoon Abs

The 29-year-old dancer revealed in the interview:

"I was very self-accepting growing up, then something switched in middle school. I would compare myself to everyone…and later I did a film where I basically was told I was fat every day, yet I was the skinniest I'd ever been. Now, when I'm self-conscious, I'll do something completely crazy or goofy to get out of my own head—something fun that reminds me of the freedom I felt as a kid before all that happened."

And currently, the recently-married actress' body is changing as she's preparing to play fitness pioneer Betty Weider in the upcoming film Bigger.

Of getting ready for the role, Brooks Laich's love said:

"Women in that era had bigger hips and bigger busts. I don't naturally have that hourglass shape—I'm more elongated and square, to be honest. Basically, I cut down on my cardio and was lifting a lot of weights. And if I wanted an extra bit of ice cream that day, I would eat it and it would go right to my hips."

She added of the physical changes:

"Actually I was FaceTiming with Brooks this morning, and I was like, 'Look. My butt's bigger, my boobs are bigger, my waist is smaller.' It's kind of nice!"

When asked if she's always this kind to herself when she gains weight, the Dancing With The Stars alum admitted:

"I try to be. You know, I'm not perfect. When Brooks and I first started dating and we would take a picture, he would show it to me and I'd be like, 'Oh, God, let's take it again.' He once said, 'Every time you look at a photo, you put it down right away instead of seeing the good in it. So now when I see a picture, even if I don't like it, I try to find something positive."

That's great advice.

For more uplifting inspiration, ch-ch-check out the full interview HERE!

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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