School bullies turned actress Karen David's teenage years into a living hell after she suffered an "infestation of zits".
The star of Kiefer Sutherland's new U.S. TV drama Touch was born in a small village in the Himalayan mountains in India and brought up in the U.K. and Canada.
Her unusual upbringing made her an instant target for bullies and the cruel taunts only got worse as she entered puberty.
She tells Star magazine, "I was bullied. I was different. I didn't fit in.
"When I hit puberty, I had an infestation of zits (acne). It was not easy. People were mean."
David insists she has put her difficult teen years firmly behind her, but she still cringes when she recalls the hurtful nicknames she received.
She says, "I laugh about it now, but they would call me names, like Chocolate Chip Cookie!"