In a statement she made while promoting her new film Over My Dead Body, she recounted how her nickname came to be. "I was the darkest one of my family. I was the only one with black hair and the only one with dark skin. All my sisters were light blondes with hazel eyes. They used to call me ugly duckling," news.com.au quoted her as saying.
The 32-year-old told Channel 4's Richard and Judy that in order to overcome one minus point she used another to cover it up. "I grew up without being beautiful so I kind of relied on my personality and my character," she said. "I kind of developed a skill not to depend on anything superficial because I didn't have anything superficial to depend on," she added.