Shailene Woodley

At the Divergent premier


1. Although a new[ish] face in the UK, Woodley has, in fact, been acting since she was five. Raised in California, she spent most of her teenage years playing the lead in the US TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. In 2011, she was snapped up to play George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendants (she stole the show – sorry George.) Right now, you can see her in Divergent, a movie franchise touted as the new Hunger Games and, in June (keep up at the back) catch her in The Fault in Our Stars, where she puts in a heartbreaking performance playing a dying teenager who falls in love. Tissues at the ready.

Shailen Woodley and George Clooney

2. George Clooney is like an older brother. “ He’s given me advice not only on the industry, but also on my personal life. Getting that movie was really one of those moments where the stars aligned.”

Shailene Woodley in Divergent

3. She’s the feminist role model we’ve been waiting for in Hollywood. Take her thoughts on how women are portrayed in Divergent : “In this movie, there’s no envy and no jealousy  - no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that - of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.”

Shaliene Woodley

4. She’s said she’s going to go make-up free on some red carpets. “So (a) I don't really wear makeup that much anyway, so part of it is just a selfish, lazy thing, and (b) I want to be me. I do think it's fun sometimes to dress up for the Oscars or for certain events - I get to be like a five-year-old again, wearing my Cinderella dress. But for some events where it's a more casual vibe, I just want to be me.”

Shalien Woodley at the Divergent photo call

5. She thinks we should all get a little sunshine in the most unlikely of places: “ I like to give my vagina a little vitamin D. I was reading an article written by an herbalist and, she said, there's nothing better than vitamin D. If you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine.” [Laughs]

Divergent is out now nationwide

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