The 27-year-old `We Bought a Zoo` actress - who took the snaps for then-husband Ryan Reynolds - admits she even suspected friends of stealing the images before she learned it was the work of a hacker. She said: "It was really terrible; I felt absolutely violated. I wasn`t really aware of how vulnerable all of us are, but I think everybody is just discovering that now, especially with the recent phone-hacking scandals. "Being hacked made me feel more vulnerable than I ever had previously. I couldn`t figure it out. For a while, I thought it must be someone that I knew who was posting these pictures of me and that was making me incredibly paranoid. "I was looking around at all of my friends, who I have known for 20 years, wondering who the backstabber was. So to find out it wasn`t a friend who hacked in was a relief, oddly." Another major impact on her life was her December 2010 divorce from Ryan - an experience she believes forced her to grow emotionally. She explained to Stylist magazine: "I think life throws you a lot of curve balls and you`re constantly learning to change and be more tolerant of things. "I think I`m in that place now where things that I thought I knew, I actually didn`t. And I-m more willing to admit that I was wrong, and to change my perspective and route. She continued: "No matter what you do, when something is thrown at you that is unexpected, I think you have to reassess where you are at. If the goals you`ve always had are still the same now, then it`s important to keep working towards them. "It`s not about feeling helpless; it`s about accepting your own fate and owning it, but not allowing it to affect your dreams or your goals."