LOS ANGELES TIMES – Shailene Woodley, who is currently starring in the indie drama “The Spectacular Now” and will next be seen in the dystopian sci-fi film “Divergent,” is known for a lot of things: her warm personality, penchant for all things eco-friendly, acting chops … and her hair.
But as of this weekend, those long brown locks will no longer be a defining characteristic of the 21-year-old actress best known for her role in “The Descendants.”
Woodley, who is shooting the adaptation of John Green’s novel “The Fault in Our Stars” in Pittsburgh, will be chopping her hair to play Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenage cancer patient who falls in love with another ill child.
Rather then let the hair fall to the floor of the salon, Woodley will donate her locks to an organization called Children With Hair Loss, which makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatment or other diseases.
The charitable effort was announced Tuesday via Green’s Tumblr page and his YouTube channel.
“Despite becoming successful, she stays weird and empathetic and wonderful,” said Green. “She’s often called a hippie by the media mostly because she cares about ethical eating and trying to reduce her footprint.”
THE WRAP – “True Blood” star Sam Trammell is set to play Shailene Woodley’s father in Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” TheWrap has learned.
Josh Boone (“Stuck In Love”) is directing the adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel.
Story follows two cancer-stricken teens who strike up a romantic relationship as they face an uncertain future.
Ansel Elgort, who plays Woodley’s brother in “Divergent,” co-stars as her love interest Augustus, while Nat Wolff has just closed a deal to play his best friend Isaac.
Trammell is the second HBO-approved star to be cast as Woodley’s parent, as Laura Dern (“Enlightened”) is set to play Woodley’s mother, as TheWrap first reported.
“Twilight” producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing through their Temple Hill banner. “(500) Days of Summer” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber adapted the novel.
Production starts later this month in Pittsburgh.
Trammell, who plays bar owner Sam Merlotte on HBO’s “True Blood,” will soon be seen opposite Virginia Madsen in the indie “Crazy Kind of Love.” He just wrapped the gritty indie movie “The Aftermath” and also has “Things People Do” and the comedy “Me” awaiting release.
VANITY FAIR – August, allegedly one of the year’s pop-cultural backwaters, is actually a great movie-going month. You get the supposed dregs of Hollywood’s summer blockbuster season: the B-movies and funky genre exercises deemed not quite commercial enough for May, June, and July. You also get the first hints of fall: films that are ambitious yet don’t necessarily meet the craven Oscar-bait standards of October, November, and Christmas. In other words, August movies, whether high or low, are often far more interesting than the year’s earlier or later fare. Two current examples are The Spectacular Now, an indie teen romance that aspires to be, maybe, its generation’s Say Anything; and Elysium, the big-budget dystopian action film that represents the final would-be blockbuster in Hollywood’s summer harvest—the last bushel of corn in the farmer’s multiplex.
Two very different films, but they also have two prominent things in common. One: both could be better, which, come to think of it, is true of most movies. More specifically, then: both are smart and idiosyncratic enough that they conjure their own better selves, as if sharper, wittier versions of what you’re watching might be playing simultaneously one auditorium over, or maybe on a future director’s cut on the Blu-Ray. I found myself rooting for them against their own odds, if that makes sense.
Two: whatever their failings, both movies were redeemed by above-and-beyond performances by actors with unusual names that begin with Sh-. So here’s to Shailene Woodley of The Spectacular Now and Sharlto Copley of Elysium! If there were Oscars in August, they’d be shoo-ins.
DETAILS – Stealing scenes from George Clooney wasn’t enough. Now the 21-year-old is running off with the show in The Spectacular Now and in next year’s big-budget dystopian thriller Divergent.
DETAILS: George Clooney, Your costar in The Descendants, once said you’re a “50-year-old scientist in a 20-year-old body.” What does that mean?
SHAILENE WOODLEY: I don’t think he meant nerdy like a scientist. I think maybe he meant more mature? I guess…
DETAILS: You were the popular girl in high school, but in The Spectacular Now you play a shy, awkward teen. It’s very John Hughes.
SHAILENE WOODLEY: That’s what I love about it, that it’s a modern-day eighties movie. It’s so real and so raw and not played up to anything dramatic or oversized.
DETAILS: Next year, you’re going to star in the much-anticipated, big-budget movie Divergent. Are you prepared for that kind of celebrity?
SHAILENE WOODLEY: I don’t abide by the C-word. I think that people are interested in you if you give them something to be interested in. I don’t give them anything to talk about—I lead a boring life.
TIME – In The Spectacular Now, opening August 2, Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller take on the roles of two high-school students finding their way in love, life and academia. Next spring, they’ll share the screen in Divergent, an adaptation of a very different YA novel, in which they play enemies rather than prom dates. They sat down with TIME to discuss making that switch (and the very different project they’d like to collaborate on in the future).
So you guys just got back from Comic-Con, where you were on behalf of Divergent. How did it compare to your expectations?
Miles Teller: The big hall was pretty impressive. There were like 6,000 people in there and there’s a giant screen behind you. I’ve never been a part of a really big movie, and when the sound effects come in it’s like BOOM. It’s a big, big movie. But I thought it would be weirder, personally.
MT: Like, I thought it would be weird. And it really wasn’t. I was on the convention floor and I saw a couple cool costumes, a lot of zombies. But I’ve been to music festivals that were weirder—and I really was looking for it.
Shailene Woodley: I was looking for weird too and I was really bummed out. I saw R2-D2, which was pretty fancy, but apart from that…
VANITY FAIR – This summer’s most authentic coming-of-age drama arrives courtesy of Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) and Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole, Footloose), who radiate as unlikely teenage love interests in The Spectacular Now, out in theaters today. In the James Ponsoldt film—which was adapted from Tim Tharp’s bittersweet novel by (500) Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber—Teller stars as a charismatic high-school senior more concerned with the omnipresence of his flask than his academics or future. His trajectory is altered, ever so slightly, when he wakes up on the lawn of an unassuming classmate, Aimee (Woodley)—who is more sci-fi than socially oriented—and draws her into his orbit.
In advance of the film’s release, Woodley phoned VF.com last week to discuss how her high-school relationship informed her performance, why she loved her first sex scene so much, and why Miles Teller is stuck with her for the next four years.
You and Miles have great chemistry and are so convincing as a guy and girl who have a loving but complicated relationship. How did you first meet and build that rapport?
We met right before we began filming. We ate lunch together and then talked for about two or three hours and then went straight to Georgia. We just naturally became friends and he became my brother for life. I want to do a movie a year with him.