Trivia

Birth Name: Shailene Diann Woodley
Date of Birth: November 15, 1991
Hometown: Simi Valley, California
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Nicknames: Shai
Height: 5’8 (1.73m)
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Brown
Parents: Lori (Mother) and Lonnie Woodley (Father)
Siblings: Tanner Woodley (Brother)
Occupation: Actress

Attended Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill, California.

She has one sibling, a younger brother named Tanner.

Both her parents are psychologists—her mother is a middle school counselor, and her father, a former school principal, is a family therapist. Though they are divorced, they all spend Christmas together with their respective partners.

Shailene’s ancestry includes English from her paternal side and African-American, Creole (including African, French, Spanish, Swiss and German) from her maternal side.

In exhange for allowing her to pursue acting, her parents gave her three rules before entering the industry: she had to stay the person she was, have fun and do well in school.

Appears in the deleted scenes of Not Another Teen Movie.

Auditioned for the role of Lucy in I am Sam–Dakota Fanning was cast in the role.

She was diagnosed with scoliosis (a severe curvature of the spine) at age 15 and had to wear a brace 18 hours a day for two years.

Was working at American Apparel in New York City when she received the call that she was cast in The Descendants.

Enjoys Disney movies for their messages and uplifting qualities.

Beauty and the Beast was the first movie she watched. (“I remember loving it. I would watch it all day long, every day, multiple times a day.”)

Revealed she does yoga in the shower each morning.

Her name originates from a car license plate reading ‘SHAI’ that her mom happened to see whilst sitting in traffic. She liked the name and began thinking of various endings for it.

Appeared in Best Coast’s 80’s inspired ‘Our Deal’ music video. The video was directed by Drew Barrymore and also featured Chloe Moretz, Tyler Posey, Alia Shawkat, Miranda Cosgrove and Donald Glover.

Was voted ‘Most Likely to Surprise’ in MTV Movies: The New Class.

The first concert she attended was a Celine Dion show in Las Vegas with her mother.

Dirty Dancing is one of her favorite films. (“It was a movie I grew up with and is one of my all-time favorites. I love the nostalgia of it. I love the romance in it. I love the storyline and the music. I think it’s just such a great comfort film.”)

George Orwell’s 1984 and Henry and June by Anais Nin are two of her favorite novels.

Auditioned for the role of Cosette in the film adaptation of Les Misérables. Amanda Seyfried was later cast in the role.

Became an an avid environmentalist in high school, where grew frustrated at the amount of litter that was damaging the environment. Through this she learned about agriculture, the corruption within America’s food system, and the rise of GMOs.

Studied the lifestyles of indigenous cultures and herbalism. Shailene follows an alternative lifestyle and form of thinking based upon the Wise Woman Tradition, a New Age concept that is empowering to women. She now makes her own beauty products; including toothpastes, face oils, body lotions. In addition, she also forages for wild ingredients, collects spring water, and knows where all the fresh meat, eggs, and produce she buys originate from.

Is a keen follower of astrology.

Her favorite artists include Lana del Rey, Bon Iver and Foster the People.

Top Chef is one of her favorite television shows.

Enjoys being physically active and the outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, swimming, cooking for and with friends.

Lists Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent as some of her favorite actors.

Admitted that she would love to work with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.