Julia Roberts was bullied as a child. At 2:50, she calls out something that's just as bad.

Julia Roberts knows the pain of bullying. But it's not just the bullies who need a wake up call.

Julia Roberts is best known for her work on the silver screen, but it's her work off-camera as an advocate for LGBTQ youth that's earning her some serious recognition.

We're used to Roberts charming us filmgoers as America's sweetheart, but she accomplished something a little more meaningful in 2014.

Roberts received the Respect Humanitarian Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization that works to prevent bullying against the LGBTQ community in schools.


Julia Roberts accepts the GLSEN Respect Humanitarian Award with that winning smile that got you through "Ocean's Twelve." Photo by Jonathan Liebson/Getty Images.

Roberts recently sat down to talk to GLSEN ambassadors about their experiences with bullying.

It's an initiative close to her heart because she suffered at the hands of a childhood bully.

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Even though she's a famous actress now, just like the 3.2 million students who are bullied each year, Julia Roberts remembers from firsthand experience just how painful this brand of cruelty can be.

Now that Roberts is a mother of three, she's concerned about anonymous comments from those who treat bullying as a game.

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At the end of the conversation, Roberts gives a powerful reminder that it's not just the bullies we need to worry about.

We all have a responsibility to help and stick up for each other:

Of the many lessons we've all learned from Julia Roberts over the years — ranging from putting a con man in his place to successfully pulling off blush and bashful this is one we should definitely remember.

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