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Nikki Reed: I didn’t understand fame

Nikki Reed thinks long and hard before "promoting" something on the internet.

The 26-year-old had her breakout role in 2003's Thirteen, a gritty drama about teenage girls that focused on everything from drug abuse to underage sex.

Being thrust into the limelight that way was a shock to the system for the star.

“It was a feeding frenzy, and I wasn’t ready. I couldn’t understand what was happening," she sighed to Nylon magazine.

"I didn’t have any media training—I didn’t have anybody but myself. I was a very sensitive kid who then had to condition myself to desensitise. Now I feel like my journey is to try to do the opposite, and find that connection with my own sensitivity again.”

The actress is active on Twitter and Instagram and also has a Who Say blog, all of which helps her keep her fans updated on what she's up to.

While it's the norm for celebrities to connect with their followers this way, Nikki initially wasn't sure whether it was right for her.

"It’s taken me a while to figure out who I feel comfortable being on social media, because for the longest time, it was just a place to promote, promote, promote," she admitted.

"I wanted to talk about what I felt excited to talk about and maybe that didn’t have anything to do with projects. It’s been a journey to figure out what kind of contribution I want to make, and what kind of person I want to be on this planet.”

Now Nikki is focusing on her singing career. She's recorded music with her ex-husband Paul McDonald in the past and is now going solo with track Fly With You.

“There was something so beautiful and honest about what Paul and I created, but there’s no denying that it had a very different feel from this. It’s just as real and as raw, but I connected with this music in a totally different way. It’s a new chapter for me," she smiled.

Nikki and Paul split in 2014, after over two years of marriage, and the divorce was finalised this month.

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