In a candid new interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, the dancer-turned-actress, who is currently dating U.S. media mogul Ryan Seacrest, reveals she didn’t have to dig too deep to play an abused woman opposite Josh Duhamel in new movie Safe Haven – she suffered at the hands of others when she was a dance student in Britain.
The 24 year old says, “I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.
“While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything… (It got worse) when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.
“I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody. What’s past is past… (but) you can kind of hear the quiver in my voice… This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten into (revealing) my London situation.
“I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.”