Deborah Ann Woll on Bullying: I Got Phone Calls in the Night


Actress Deborah Ann Woll has recorded an extremely personal video for the It Gets Better campaign.

In the PSA Woll, who plays Jessica Hamby on HBO’s hit show True Blood, reveals that she was a victim of bullying while at school.

“I found a note in my locker that said, ‘Why don’t you just kill yourself, because nobody likes you,’” Woll reveals. She adds, “I used to get phone calls in the middle of the night, people saying mean things.”

Yet her drive to become an actress helped her to push through those times.

Woll ends the PSA saying: “I can now be a friend to the lonely.”

This is one in a series of PSAs recorded by the True Blood cast, with videos from Alexander SkarsgardKristin Bauer, and Anna Paquin among several others.

Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help

The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.

The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).Trevor Project Links:

Related Reading:

True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis: It Gets Better

Anna Paquin on Bisexuality and Prejudice

GLAAD Scores TV Networks on LGBT Inclusion


Image taken from the HBO PSA under fair use terms, no infringement intended.

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Jan W.
Jan W.4 years ago

We must never tolerate bullying when we hear it. We need to stop it and defend the person being bullied and not stand by and let it happen.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

rose Daley
Rose D.4 years ago

Its a shame that ther seems to be so little we can do to stop this. I think we need to really get more involved . what does it say about our society when this has become such a huge problem. I think we need to all join together and get involved. If you are being bullied or know someone who is report it . If the bulliers are chastized instead of being rewarded maybe it wont seem so cool to be a jerk. I sick of hearing how the person being bullied just needs to toughen up. Its rediculous. Remember when you watch someone being bullied, that you could be next.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Bullies suck.

Mitch D.
Mitch D.4 years ago

Thank you Deborah Ann! Bullying sucks and many of those who bullied me are "less than" now. It is interesting how that works out I think.

Kelli Em
Kelli Em4 years ago

aww bullies are cruel. :(

Sharon H.
Sharon H.4 years ago

This is off topic and I'm going to post it on every thread today, but several people have told me that they have quit getting the daily Care2 news via their emails. It seems that it's affecting quite a few. My suggestion to them was to subscribe again because that's what I had to do awhile back when it happened to me. If it's happening to a lot of people, we might have to notify the C2 staff so that they're aware of yet another glitch.

Alok Kumar Ray
Alok Kumar Ray4 years ago

imagine what bullies do to the staff or colleagues of offices they reach.It is a pity that there are no laws as yet that can treats bullying as a severe crime.

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago


Marianne C.
Marianne C.4 years ago

Elizabeth Eckford of the Little Rock Nine was my hero when I as a little kid. I remember seeing how she walked through that crowd of white people howling for her blood. She looked to me so adult, so pretty, so self-possessed and dignified. I thought she looked like a princess.

I couldn't understand how those people could be so awful when she looked so nice.

It flabbergasts me now to know she made that walk of courage when she was only 15 years old.

No kid should have to make that same walk every day, day after day, every day of his/her life while trying to get an education. Anti-gay bullying is no more acceptable than what Elizabeth Eckford had to walk through. NO CHILD should have to run that gauntlet every day.