True Blood creator Alan Ball has joined True Blood co-stars Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer and Rutina Wesley in creating an It Gets Better video.

The 54-year-old openly gay director only gives the slightest hint that he might have been bullied as a kid over his sexuality.

“When I was a kid, I was bullied a lot in elementary and junior high school because I was smart,” Ball says. “And it wasn't cool for guys to be smart. That was something for girls.”

“If I was not different, or perceived to be different, I don't think I would have been able to accomplish what I have accomplished. Because being different is what makes you you. And if you are you, then nobody can hold you back,” he adds.

Alexander Skarsgard, who plays vampire Eric Northman, Rutina Wesley, who plays lesbian cage-fighter Tara Thornton, and Kristen Bauer, who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft, have also recorded videos for gay activist Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project, which urges teens being bullied because they are or are perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to hang in there, because life gets better.

(Related: Rutina Wesley says Tara's lesbian relationship 'just happened.')