Being funny wasn't the only characteristic of young Tina Fey.
"I was the mean girl. I admit it openly," the 45-year-old Sisters star recently told The Edit. "That was a disease that had to be conquered."
"It's another coping mechanism — it's a bad coping mechanism — but when you feel less than (in high school everyone feels less than everyone else for different reasons), in your mind it's a way of leveling the playing field," she continued.
Tina in June 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The actress — who appeared alongside Lindsay Lohan in 2004's Mean Girls — even admitted she'd be scared to face her teenage self today. "If I meet a girl of 14 or 15 today who is that kind of girl, I am secretly, in my body, afraid. Even though I'm 45," Tina said.
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Fortunately, it only took the Saturday Night Live star to her early teens to realize her comedic traits would get her much farther than being unfriendly. "For me it was about hitting age 13 and realizing, 'OK, I’m not going to glide by on looks. I’m a normal-looking person, but that’s not going to be where my bread is buttered," she said. "The desire to be funny — because you are never actually quite sure if you really are funny — is a coping mechanism, another way of ingratiating yourself."
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