MARIE CLAIRE – It’s a week before her 22nd birthday, and Shailene Woodley is living out of a suitcase containing all of her remaining possessions: some old clothes, a few trinkets, crystals and altarpieces to remind her of home, herbal supplements, a jump rope. “I’ve only been home nine days this year,” she says in her room at London’s Soho Hotel, “which is sort of what inspired me to get rid of everything.”
Woodley has her soaring popularity to blame for this accelerated work rate. Having spent most of her teenage years playing the lead in ABC Family’s TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in 2011 she was cast in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and immediately proved what she could do on the big screen. Wise, grumpy, heartbroken, and mesmerizing, she stole the show from none other than costar George Clooney. Since then, she has shot four movies and become the girl everyone wants on the other side of the camera.
To exaggerate the extent to which films are “hotly anticipated” is standard in Hollywood, but in the case of Woodley’s next two roles, that sense is genuine and palpable. She has become the screen incarnation of two adored characters from monster-selling young-adult novels. In this month’s Divergent, touted as the new Hunger Games, she plays Tris, a girl coming of age in a dystopian regime, too human to fit neatly into just one of its five social factions—Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. (The second in Veronica Roth’s trilogy, Insurgent, starts filming in May; the third, Allegiant, has yet to get an official release date.) In June’s The Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green’s book, she portrays Hazel, a teenager who falls in love as she is dying of cancer. The slick mega-explosion of the Divergent franchise, for which Woodley trained in martial arts, hand-to-hand combat, and knife-throwing, is one thing. The implacable, eloquent heartbreak of The Fault in Our Stars is another. That Woodley can do both is, somehow, incrementally incredible.
Into The Gloss have just published a wonderful new interview and photoshoot with Shailene, photographed during her press duties in New York last week. Not only are the photos gorgeous, but the interview is also very entertaining (with some great quotes!). You can read it in full here.
VARIETY – Lionsgate has declared its second-ever cash dividend of 5 cents per common share four days ahead of its release of franchise starter Divergent.
The studio announced the payout would take place May 30 for shareholders of record on March 31.
The board declared the company’s first quarterly cash dividend, also for five cents per common share, in December with a February 7 payout.
Wall Street analysts have estimated Divergent will take in a cumulative $150 million in its domestic release. Lionsgate execs have touted the dystopian drama, starring Shailene Woodley, as the latest example of its leadership in adaptations of young-adult bestsellers following Twilight and The Hunger Games.
Lionsgate made the announcement before the stock market opened. The stock was down $1.37 to $30.61 in mid-session trading.
That’s right, another new cover! This time Shailene is gracing Marie Claire with her presence as the cover star of the magazine’s April issue. Courtesy of FSR, I have added some scans from the editorial to the gallery. I’ll post further coverage as it arrives. Enjoy!
Love this! The three of them have such great chemistry together.
Shailene is gracing the cover of another high profile magazine, this time the April edition of Teen Vogue. The photoshoot was taken at Caroline Gardens Chapel in London during her trip in November last year. An excerpt from the cover story can be found below, be sure to take a read. The cover will hit newsstands on March 25.
We often forget about the importance of being earnest. For a young actress in Hollywood, it’s certainly a rare quality. There’s outspoken and brassy, à la Jennifer Lawrence—and we love her for it—but preaching your principles and holding on to them are entirely different. Shailene Woodley is indeed a rarity: a 22-year-old whose passion isn’t infused with sass. It’s full of hippie love, for her friends, her films, nature, George Clooney…. She’s definitely not the one who yells across a room, and it’s the content of what she says, not the volume, that makes her unique. She is Hollywood’s rebel, as we say on the cover, but not a deliberate one.
If you haven’t already, be sure to read on for Shailene’s feature in The Hollywood Reporter–it’s such a wonderful read.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Most young stars learn to quickly cultivate an aura of untouchability, but that is not how Shailene Woodley likes to operate. It’s January on the Sundance red carpet for White Bird in a Blizzard. The 22-year-old actress approaches a microphone-toting reporter with uncommon familiarity, slipping her hands under his semi-raised arms and giving him a robust squeeze. At first I think she must know the journalist, perhaps one of her red-carpet favorites. Then I realize she’s hugging every single person before they interview her. They are all strangers.
Right before the White Bird premiere, Sundance festival director John Cooper stops by backstage to congratulate Woodley. He goes in for the handshake, but she outmaneuvers him with a low body hug. He seems genuinely startled.
Later, after I receive my first of many Woodley hugs, I ask her about this habit. After all, most stars on the red carpet interact with reporters the way they endure a customs official with body language that says, “I will answer your questions carefully and pretend to like you, but this is about as much fun for me as picking gum off the bottom of my Louboutins.” By contrast, Woodley sees the press gantlet as an opportunity to transcend surface-level chitchat. She explains: “We’ve got a set amount of time in our lives, you know. You might as well make every conversation count. So that’s like the hug. It’s kind of like, ‘Hey, I’m real. You’re real. Let’s connect.’ ”
Shailene is featured looking incredibly beautiful on the cover of the March 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter–I’ve added a preview photo to the gallery. Be sure to check back shortly for further updates.
I’ve uploaded photos of Shailene (looking lovely in Alexander McQueen) and her Divergent co-star Theo James at a special screening of the film held in Atlanta, Georgia last night. Hopefully I’ll be able to replace these images with higher quality versions very soon. For now, enjoy.