Tammin Sursok has a life most of us can only dream of - two healthy kids, a happy marriage, hordes of adoring fans and a lucrative acting career.
But the Home and Away alum's life hasn't always been as easy. Tammin recently opened up to her 1.3 million Instagram followers about the heartache she suffered as a child due to bullying.
The 38-year-old shared a video of herself as a kid, revealing: "When I was 13 years old I was 200 pounds (90kg), I got bullied a lot and boys were horrible to me, they would throw rocks at my head and kids would laugh behind my back.
"All I wanted was to be an actress and musician and it was the only time I felt happy. A guy I had a crush on told me I'd never amount to anything. I told him to watch this space."
The Aquamarine star went on to say she was bullied for most of her adolescence, but she chose to persevere and not let "people's words, bathed in hate" break her.
"If you are in this situation, I promise you that you are worthy, you are enough and I want you to GET UP. Your dreams can come true, but it's up to you. I see you. I got you."
And it sure is Tammin who's had the last laugh, having landed the role of Dani Sutherland on Home and Away when she was just 16.
Tammin's career has continued to skyrocket since leaving her four-year gig in Summer Bay. She has gone on to star in Pretty Little Liars and Hannah Montana.
And it's not just her career that's thriving. Tammin and Sean McEwan, an actor and director, wed in 2011 at a romantic ceremony in Italy, and haven't looked back since.
The couple share two adorable daughters, Phoenix, eight, and Lennon, two.
But Tammin's adult years also haven't been without hardship. The homegrown star confessed on The Morning Show in 2019 that she quickly fell pregnant with her eldest daughter but when she and her husband decided to have a second child, she suffered two miscarriages.
"I got pregnant really fast again and we lost that baby in the doctor's office actually," she revealed.
"And it was pretty far into my pregnancy, so it was quite shocking. When things like that happen, you never think it's going to happen to you.
"But they're so common, and we don't talk about it. And then I had another miscarriage before Lennon, so two back to back so I was pregnant for a year."
Speaking about Phoenix on Today Extra in 2017, Tammin opened up about body image and the impacts it can have on young girls.
"I want her to feel free and not so stressed about her body image and beauty and all those things that don't instil strength and compassion, resilience, fortitude, all that kind of stuff."
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