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1 Apr, 2015

Elle cover

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Woodley appears on the cover of April 2015 issue of Elle magazine. She talks about her upbringing, life, and love.

When you’re truly in love, for me, it’s…you’re my lighthouse! You’re somebody who holds me high, keeps me safe, you’ve got my f—kin’ back. You also love me whole, wild, and free. You let me do me, and I’m gonna let you do you! And I’ll be the home that you return to.

Glamour UK cover

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Woodley appears on the cover of Glamour UK. Woodley discusses her views on sexuality and nudity after posing topless for the magazine.

I’m totally comfortable with nudity. I’m not sure it empowers me as an actress or anything, but if I’m going to do a movie with sex scenes, then I’m going to be naked, because I don’t know about you, but I don’t have sex with bras and panties on….Part of the reason I love Europe is that sexuality is no big deal there. You go to a topless beach and the dudes aren’t checking out your tits, because they’re just boobs. [In America] sex is something that’s not talked about – yet it’s in our faces more than anything else.

24 Oct, 2014

White Bird In A Blizzard

Woodley stars as Kat Connor in Gregg Araki’s screen version of the Laura Kasischke thriller-drama. Her teenage character is affected by the mysterious disappearance of her mother and the changes occurring in herself as she becomes an adult. On working with Araki:

I don’t know how I got so lucky. People have asked me what directors would you like to work with in the future — and there’s a few that I would love to work with. And then I really thought about it and I was like, if I could just work with the same people I’ve already worked with …

19 Oct, 2014

Daily News interview


Woodley discusses growing up and sex scenes in her upcoming movie White Bird in a Blizzard and talks about her recent appearance on a Paris equivalent of The Tonight Show to publicize the movie:

They showed a clip where my character is in the bathroom and I take my top off. It’s on public television and that’s the clip they showed. When they showed it I was expecting the audience to react, but they were like, ‘Whatever. It’s just boobs.’

18 Oct, 2014

Hollywood Reporter interview


Woodley shares her thoughts on losing ones virginity in an interview with Hollywood Reporter while promoting her new film White Bird in a Blizzard. Woodley talks about how she tries to make the moment real for the viewer.

One of the things I have been very keen on in doing those scenes is that they feel real because, I don’t know about you, but I do not personally think losing your virginity is a fun experience. It’s not glamorous — for some people, I think it is, but it wasn’t for a lot of people on this planet — so for me, it was a matter of, if we’re gonna do a scene that deals with that, it’s not gonna be, ‘Her back arches and she gasps in excitement.’ No, no, it’s gonna be messy and it’s gonna be real.

1 Oct, 2014

Interview magazine

Woodley talks with Emma Stone for October’s Interview, about her expanding portfolio of film and TV roles and how they affect her. On media portrayals and her decision to avoid makeup:

It’s important because I saw somebody—what I thought was me—in a magazine once, and I had big red lips that definitely did not belong on my face. I had boobs about three times the size they are in real life. My stomach was completely flat. My skin was also flawless. But the reality is that I do not have those lips and my skin is not flawless and I do have a little bit of a stomach. It was not a proper representation of who I am.

1 Jul, 2014

Vanity Fair cover

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shailene-woodley-vanity-fair-july-2014Woodley appears on the cover of the July 2014 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. She talks about George Clooney, bigger issues, and being cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

For a few hours it was literally like, “Oh, my God, was I awful? Why did they cut me? What are people going to think?” I woke up the next morning and I was like, “O.K., it makes total sense.” I’m a pretty spiritual person, so I can just sit back and trust that everything happens for a reason, even if my ego doesn’t like it.

Women’s Health cover

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shailene-woodley-im-the-laziest-shopperWoodley appears on the cover of the July/August 2014 issue of Women’s Health magazine. She talks about where she finds her clothes, which actors she wants to kiss, and her hair.

I have really, really thick hair and it was extremely long. And then I thought about it and I was like, wow, this is so many years, and so many layers and so many lessons are in this hair and I am starting this new phase in my life as a woman in a way, and cutting my hair was a fun cleansing of like what could mean something new.

6 Jun, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Woodley stars in Josh Boone’s adaptation of the romantic comedy-drama novel by John Green as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who attends a support group, and falls in love with Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort. Also featuring Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe. On the film’s love story:

Often times our society looks at teenagers and sort of discredits their love like, ‘Oh, it’s cute. It’s puppy love. They don’t know what real love is.’ And you look at adults and you go, ‘Are you actually happy? Is this real love?’

3 Jun, 2014

Shailene Woodley interview


Seacrest interviews Woodley during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions her about her role in the film The Fault in Our Stars.

You’re definitely laughing, you’re definitely crying. It’s really beautiful even to find that balance between grieving over the loss of someone and also celebrating life. Those are two things that often go hand-in-hand without us recognizing it or realizing it. And that’s one thing that I truly love about that story.

2 Jun, 2014

New York cover

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shailene-woodley-brie-larson-cover-new-york-magazineWoodley and Larson appear on the cover of a June 2014 issue of New York magazine. They talk about being friends and Woodley talks about being compared to Jennifer Lawrence.

As women, we are constantly told that we need to compare ourselves to a girl in school, to our co-workers, to the images in a magazine. How is the world going to advance if we’re always comparing ourselves to others? I admire Jennifer Lawrence, but she’s everyone’s favorite person to compare me to. Is it because we both have short hair and a vagina? I see us as separate individuals. And that’s important. As women, our insecurities are based on all these comparisons. And that creates distress.

1 Jun, 2014

In Style cover

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shailene-woodley-instyle-june-2014Woodley appears on the cover of the June 2014 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about living for herself, self-confidence, her generation, and dating.

I have zero expectations and zero rules. I’m open. I can’t see it being another actor, except that they understand this lifestyle. Hey I could fall in love with an Aussie and move to Australia. Who knows!

5 May, 2014

Time interview


Woodley is interviewed for Time and discusses whether she considers herself a feminist:

No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are.

4 May, 2014

New York Times interview


Woodley is interviewed for the New York Times about her passion for the role in The Fault In Our Stars, being a child actress, and life in Hollywood:

Everyone says to me, ‘What does it feel like to be part of the Hollywood life now?’  And I want to say, ‘It’s fabricated.’ None of it’s real. We all go to these events. We put on makeup and clothes that aren’t ours. We give them back at the end of the night, and then we go home and burp the same garlic burps as everyone else. You still have to do your laundry, and your dishes are everywhere. It’s just life.”

2 May, 2014

Cuts hair

Woodley cries during her haircut for the Fault In Our Stars role:

4 Apr, 2014

Divergent interview


Actors Woodley, James and director Neil Burger chat about their new film Divergent. Burger:

For me I didn’t feel like I was making a young adult film, I think the themes are interesting for everybody whether you’re 18, 28, 48 or whatever.

1 Apr, 2014

Marie Claire cover

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shailene-woodley-first-kiss-late-bloomer-marie-claireWoodley appears on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Marie Claire magazine. She talks about being single, no longer being self-conscious, and her first kiss.

I was the latest bloomer there ever was. I was still playing with Barbies at 14 and didn’t have my first kiss until 15-and-a-half. He had big, beautiful lips, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with those.’

Teen Vogue cover

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shailene-woodley-13Woodley appears on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about hookups on the set of Divergent and shares advice she got from Jennifer Lawerence and George Clooney.

Doing an action movie is completely different from one based in reality. It’s much harder to act with a green screen than with another human being. There are so many special effects in this film, so it was really amazing to see how they turned out.

31 Mar, 2014

Daybreak interview


Woodley and James discuss their roles, stunts and preparing for the film Divergent. James:

You have to be careful that you don’t become that character in real life.

21 Mar, 2014


Woodley stars as Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior in the Neil Burger adaptation of the novel by Veronica Roth. A strong-willed heroine who doesn’t fit any of the categories in a world where people are defined by their personalities, she uses her Divergent abilities to escape society’s control.

I think there’s this big rise right now in giving teenagers the worth that they have. For so long they were—and still are—depicted in movies and TV shows as codependent whiners or rich, beautiful, diamond-clad daughters or dumb cheerleader types. But teenagers are so smart. I was probably smarter as a 16-year-old than I am today. There is a zest for life that you have at that age that is so beautiful.

EW interview


Woodley is interviewed with James for Entertainment Weekly and talks about the physical aspects of training for the film and performing stunts, as well as what faction she would place herself in:

Dauntless, because I like to be challenged

If the leadership became corrupt:

I’d choose to be Factionless where I could just do anything

NPR interview


Woodley tells NPR that she doesn’t analyze scripts or look for her characters’ motivation when playing a role:

I don’t really work that way. For me, it’s about being fully present and actively listening to every single thing that’s going on around me and reacting to it. Because I feel the second I premeditate something, it’s going to feel premeditated.

19 Mar, 2014

Shailene Woodley interview


Seacrest interviews Woodley during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions her about her role in the film Divergent. 

It’s complicated. There’s the idea it’s about a girl who switches factions and has to make a choice for herself and then deal with the consequences of her choices. But it also deals with warfare and it deals with one society taking over another society there are so many different themes and story-lines interwoven.

1 Mar, 2014

Bust magazine

shailene-woodley-bust-coverWoodley appears on the March edition’s cover and talks about playing powerful young female roles:

I do feel very grateful for bringing teenagers to life in a real, authentic way, because that is such a vulnerable time to be alive and such a fantastic time to be alive. All of our teenage years affect who we are as adults, so it is an honor to bring these young women to life.

Vs cover

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vs6Woodley appears on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Vs magazine. The photo was shot by Drew Barrymore who also interviews Woodley about the shoot.

You are so good at building confidence in me and then I just keep giving you more and in turn you give more and it’s this beautiful cycle and I can honestly say that you and Alexander Payne [the director of The Descendants and Sideways] are pretty much the only two people I have ever worked with who give you that sort of confidence.

1 Nov, 2013

Elle cover

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shailene-woodley-covers-elles-women-in-hollywood-issueWoodley appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of Elle magazine. She talks about staying true to herself in Hollywood and the next five years.

I’m so young, and I’m single, and I just want to drift. I’m just going to be a drifter. I want to do something totally different before Insurgent [the second film in the Divergent trilogy]. Maybe I’ll work in a tea shop. Or live in Amsterdam. Or be a nanny. Life experience only helps us as actors. I need new experiences to draw upon.

14 Aug, 2013

Donates hair to charity

Woodley writes on Tumblr that she is donating her hair to a charity that will make it into a wig:

john green (author of T.F.I.O.S.), wyck godfrey (producer of the film), and i all decided that this could be a beautiful opportunity to rally the troops of mankind and ask for some warriors to help contribute to the cause. any of you have 8 inches of hair to spare? or maybe know a friend or family member that does? if so, consider JOINING THE #hairforhazel TEAM! … you can donate your locks to http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us and use hashtags (is that the correct use of that word?!) #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback to help spread the word!

2 Aug, 2013

The Spectacular Now

Woodley stars as Aimee Finecky in the James Ponsoldt romantic comedy-drama adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel. Aimee develops feelings for a charismatic but troubled schoolmate and risks placing her own future in jeopardy. Co-starring Miles Teller.

In the book, Aimee is a nerd, a geek, mousy, in a corner with her head down. That was one of the biggest things [I discussed] when I sat down with James [Ponsoldt]. I really wanted to do this movie but said, “If you want this girl to be written the way she is now, I’m not the choice. Because I don’t see her as a nerd. I see her as a really strong, independent, beautiful young woman who is wise beyond her years.” That’s not to mean that she is not naive or innocent. Luckily, James completely agreed with me.

29 Jul, 2013

ET Canada Interview


James and Woodley comment on their visit to Comic Con and discuss their roles in Divergent. Woodley:

Forcing chemistry always looks like forced chemistry and we’re lucky that we didn’t have to do that.

19 Jul, 2013

Comic Con panel

Woodley and James talk about Divergent as part of a panel that includes Burger and Roth. Woodley:

I’ve never done a movie this scale before, with themes this big

Facebook Comic Con Q&A

James and Woodley answer Divergent fan questions on Facebook for San Diego Comic Con. Woodley on her favorite scene to shoot:

I loved the Ferris wheel scene, that was badass. How often in life do you get to climb a Ferris wheel?

James on meeting Veronica Roth:

We had dinner 3 days in with her, we were able to ask her questions about the series that helped informed our own narrative for the character.

15 Jul, 2013

Train scene photo

The first official photo is released of Woodley performing the scene where her character jumps from a moving train. Burger:

I like superhero movies, but I like that Tris isn’t a superhero. She takes a beating and then has to figure things out under enormous pressure on all fronts.

24 Jun, 2013

Inside Movies feature

Woodley is interviewed for Entertainment Weekly’s Inside Movies about the differences between her Divergent role and Lawrence’s character in The Hunger Games:

What I like about Tris is that she’s isn’t perfect. She’s not a superhero—she’s not Katniss. She doesn’t know how to shoot a bow and arrow, she’s not a badass by nature.

19 Jun, 2013

Comic Con interviews

In interviews at Comic Con, Woodley talks about shooting initiation scenes for Divergent:

It was super fun, it looks a lot more intense than it is.

James discusses their on-screen chemistry:

As soon as we met each other for the test it came very naturally, and all the scenes have had a very natural chemistry.

Jun 2013

Entertainment Weekly cover

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shailene-woodley-ew-coverWoodley and James feature on the magazine’s cover, and talk about their approach to life in Hollywood. Woodley:

We’re not into the industry and have separate lives outside of it. That’s refreshing. I don’t know what I would do if Four was played by someone who cared what he looked like or spent more time in front of the mirror than I do.

19 Jun, 2013

Cut from Spider-Man

Woodley’s character, Mary Jane Watson, is cut from the sequel after shooting three scenes over three days as the film’s plot is streamlined.

Of course I’m bummed. But I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.

3 Jun, 2013

Secret Life finale

The show ends with Woodley’s character, Amy Juergens, and Ricky Underwood, Darren Kagasoff, determining the course the rest of their lives will take. Kagasoff:

The finale episode was amazing because everybody knew this was the last time we were all going to be together so it was an emotional thing.

24 Apr, 2013

First Divergent set photo

The first photo released from the set features Woodley undergoing an initiation for Dauntless. She says the cast have already clicked:

It’s a good group. We’re hanging out on weekends, celebrating birthdays. Everyone just wants to get to know one another. It’s rare to get a big group together and not have any conflicts. It’s really kind of amazing.

19 Mar, 2013

Cast in The Fault In Our Stars

Woodley is offered the lead role. Boone:

During our exhaustive search to find Hazel Grace Lancaster, I saw some stunning auditions by today’s finest young actresses. Over 250 girls read for the part, but it wasn’t until Shailene stepped in front of the camera that I truly saw Hazel for the first time.  It was like lightning striking.  I can’t wait for the rest of the world to see what I have.

Oct 2012

Outperforms male leads

Producer Doug Wick says Woodley’s strengths make casting the part of Four a challenge:

We are meeting a whole generation of would-be male stars. The agents claim that they are the next Paul Newman, the next Steve McQueen. We have a real problem. Shai is blowing them off the screen.



Woodley is represented by the firms Paradigm, the Savage Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.

24 Sep, 2012

Cast as Tris

Woodley auditions for the character Tris and is cast after her first reading. Producer Doug Wick:

We have to believe that this girl, raised in Abnegation, has the inner strength to become a warrior. There has to be something original about her. She needs a few drops of James Dean. She has to be unconventional, she has to be Divergent. … By the end of the meeting, we know we had found the perfect Tris.

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