AUSTRALIAN actress Alyssa Milano has spoken out about her upbringing in a violent and violent household, saying she was not ashamed of being a pizza delivery boy.

Ms Milano, who played Mia in “Mona Lisa” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, told her Australian audience at the annual Adelaide International Film Festival that she had been bullied at school.

“I’m a pizza boy and I’m not a girl, I’m a woman,” Ms Milano said, adding she was taught she could not do either.

“When I was little, I was a pizza girl, but I didn’t know how to do it, and I didn’s my own thing.”

But when I went to the theatre school I was able to learn to be myself, so I could play the parts I wanted to play.

“The Australian actress, who was born in Brisbane and went to live with her grandparents in the US, said she never thought she would be in a film industry and she believed the world was changing.”

It’s really hard to say that we’re in a time where we’re still so segregated and where racism still exists,” she said.”

We’re all people and we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

“There are so many people in the world who do not have those same opportunities.”

Ms Milan said her father had been a violent man who beat her up when she was young.

She said she felt ashamed to tell her story, but her father’s abuse had left her with a deep sense of self-hatred.

“The one thing I remember is how my father treated me, how he was very abusive,” she recalled.

“He was a very controlling person and he would kick me and throw me in the yard and beat me.”

Ms Roper said her experience at home made her realise that people were “not perfect” and that she needed to be more accepting.

“You’re not perfect, people make mistakes,” she told the audience.

“So you learn from them.

That’s what we do.””

Mona,” which opens on Friday, is directed by James Franco and is expected to hit cinemas in the coming weeks.