“I think it’s ridiculous that the boundaries have been crossed between cinema and fashion. They’re both their own separate art forms. I did not start acting in order to wear something beautiful and wear lots of makeup. That’s not why I do this. I do this because I really love being on a film set.” –Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She went to Simi Valley High School in California. She began commercial modeling at 4. She made her screen debut in Replacing Dad (1999). Several acting parts followed in The District (2000), The O.C. (2003) and Crossing Jordan (2001)…
In 2008 Woodley was cast in the lead role of Amy Juergens in The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008) and in 2011 she had her big screen breakthrough when she appeared in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants (2011), opposite George Clooney. Her performance in the role of Alexandra King brought critical acclaim and recognition by the movie industry.
“I’m not one of those actors who feels like they need to get in character, to do any sort of method acting situations. For me it’s all about learning my lines, showing up on time, and professionally listening to what others are saying, and then authentically and truthfully reacting off of their expressions. So, it’s easy to drop roles, because I don’t feel like I acquire them to begin with.” –Shailene Woodley
Awards and nominations
She won an Independent Spirit Award and the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Award, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
A successful path
Having 32 movies listed in her record to date, Shailene Woodley is mostly known for her divergent series role. She also moved people’s hearts starring in The fault is in Our Stars. Her success story definitely comes from her family background, as Shailene’s parents gave her three rules when she fell into the acting business: she had to stay the person she was, have fun, and do well in school.
• Shailene auditioned for the role of Cosette in the 2012’s film adaption of the musical, Les Misérables (2012), but Amanda Seyfried took the role.
• Shailene was originally cast as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), but all her scenes were deleted from the final cut.
• Shailene turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) which went to Dakota Johnson.
• Beauty and the Beast (1991) was the first movie Shailene saw.
“I always say that I’ll never win a physical battle, but I can always win a mental battle. I mean, not really, because I never really argue with anyone.” –Shailene Woodley