Kate Bosworth was a "real loner" in high school.

The 28-year-old actress wasn't a popular teenager and admits she didn't fit in with the various peer groups and preferred to spend her time reading books.

The Hollywood beauty - who moved around a lot as a child because of her father's job, but spent the majority of her youth in Massachusetts and Connecticut - said: "I was a real loner in high school, even though people assume I was the head cheerleader. My head was always in books. I felt uncomfortable in cliques. I wasn't a social butterfly at all."

Kate admits her situation didn't really change when she went to New Jersey to study at Ivy League college Princeton when she was 18.

Although most people have a crazy time at college, the 'Straw Dogs' star still preferred studying to partying.

In an interview for the 15th Anniversary Issue of BlackBook magazine, she added: "Talk about anxiety! That was a really stressful time for me. I look back now and think, 'How did I ever do that?' I lived there, in a tiny studio apartment, on my own."