I’ve updated the gallery with photos and screen captures from Shailene’s role in Snowden, where she played Lindsay Mills–the girlfriend of whistle-blower Edward Snowden (portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Enjoy!
What a huge honor this is for Shai. She’s featured alongside the likes of Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Awkwafina, Kate Moss and Regina King in the latest issue of Harpers Bazaar, which includes a series of stunning photographs of women who have “shifted perceptions by resisting the established, avoiding the accepted and breaking every rule they can.” Check out the two beautiful portraits taken for the feature in our gallery.
“To me there is nothing more iconic than being singular – no one before you or after… and no copycats because they would not know where to start. But beyond being unique and talented, the 10 cultural forces in this year’s Icons portfolio have expanded, redefined, or completely dispensed with accepted notions, expected behaviours, previous templates, and any rules about their crafts. Their attitude and confidence is an inspiration,” said Harper’s Bazaar’s global fashion director Carine Roitfeld.
Yet another beautiful photoshoot, and yet another cover for Shailene. She’s featured on the cover of luxury lifestyle magazine, C California Style – an in addition to the new photos, there’s also an accompanying interview – which is a really great read if you haven’t had a chance to already.
C MAGAZINE – Shailene Woodley is something of an anomaly in Hollywood: She eschews most of the trappings of fame, calls acting “a hobby” and at the moment does not even have a home to call her own. Currently she is staying with a friend in Silver Lake.
“I’m still on the road. … I don’t have a permanent place anywhere. I do have piles everywhere. My friends call them Shai piles. I have very generous friends who house me all over the world. So much of my life is in hotels that if I’m in a city where I have friends, I ask if I can stay with them … or I find a condo or somewhere where there’s a kitchen,” she says, adding: “I just have to be able to cook. My constitution is not built for fancy food three times a day. … Sometimes your body just wants a cutting board and a knife — just to chop up a good salad.”
Simply dressed in a white cotton shirt and black jeans, she carries a heavy bag with books and a laptop to the Chateau Marmont where we meet.
She has 3.8 million Instagram followers and uses her platform to advance causes important to her. Nonetheless, she is conflicted about social media. “I wrestle with [it]. Is it something that’s beneficial? I don’t know. I still have it. And we’ll see if I have it tomorrow …”
Woodley is a strong environmental activist and also campaigned doggedly for Bernie Sanders during the last election. In 2016 she was arrested during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was being built across sites sacred to Native Americans. (While the Obama administration denied approval for the construction in response to the protests, President Donald Trump greenlit the pipeline just days into his term.) Jailed for a few hours, she pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to a year of probation. “I’m chronically and constantly fired up about injustice, whether it’s environmental or social,” she explains.
These days, of course, the star of HBO’s blockbuster series Big Little Lies is recognized everywhere she goes. “The one thing I don’t like is when someone just stops me, doesn’t even say hello, and whips out their phone to take a photo. I’m not cool with that.”
I could seriously watch these women discuss anything and everything, such a great dynamic! I’ll work on adding screen captures from the videos very soon.
In part of the process of rebuilding our gallery, I have began to work on one of my favorite Shailene projects (and performances), Big Little Lies. Screen captures, stills, artwork and promotional art from the show’s first season have been uploaded. With the second season recently finished airing, I’ll begin to work on that very soon. For now, enjoy a look back at how it all started.
VULTURE – The stars have aligned, and season two of Big Little Lies is finally here. After Sunday night’s premiere, Shailene Woodley, a student of astrology, explained that she actually considers the stars in how she approaches her characters. In a conversation at 92nd Street Y on Monday night, Woodley told the audience that ever since she started studying astrology a few years ago, she builds an entire star chart for her characters, including Monterey’s favorite newcomer and secret keeper, Jane Chapman. “It really helps me understand their psychology. I’m like, Oh, that’s why she’s so shy,” she said.
So what’s on Jane’s chart? Taurus with a touch of Sagittarius and Aquarius. “I really see her sun sign as a Taurus,” said Woodley, “but then having some Sag in there somewhere. I think she can be really funny. I think she’s got some Aquarius in there as well because I think the way she sees the world and its possibilities is a little different. The biggest thing for her that is interesting in building a chart is that she — because of the trauma that she had and the trauma that she still has, it changes the way that those things are fired off.”
Woodley laughed off any haters to her process. “I love it so much. It’s such a woo-woo thing,” she says. “Sometimes people think it is, but I think it’s actually really cool.” Woodley says that she had her own chart read when she was in a major moment of depression. “I was like, ‘You, witch lady, are not teaching me anything,’” she says, “and she knew me better than anyone, and it really freaked me out. But to me, astrology just gives you permission to be yourself without judgment. That’s what I’ve been able to help build my characters from.”
But did the stars reveal anything about Jane’s new hairdo? Woodley says she actually suggested Jane get bangs in season two. “After what happens in season one, I sort of felt like Jane had this cataclysmic release,” says Woodley. “I feel like for myself when something extreme happens, I’ll get a piercing or I’ll cut my hair or I’ll do some weird body-morphing thing. It’s a way to mark my new territory of self within my own psyche. I felt like for her, it was a way to redefine her identity as her own identity separate from the event that occurred in season one.”
Woodley says she couldn’t dye her hair because of a project she was doing after BLL, “so I was like, ‘What if we give her bangs?’ because it’s dramatic.
It’s a big change, and also something that when you have these breakup haircuts sometimes you look in the mirror two weeks later and you’re like, What the fuck did I do with my hair? I wanted to do something where in a couple of weeks she could have had the opportunity to be like, That was dumb, but glad I have these bangs now. Cool.”