With thanks to tfs, I’ve added scans of Shailene’s small feature in the current issue of InStyle to the gallery. Along with other names including Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Pharrell Williams, Shailene speaks out on a causes that is very close to her heart–Food & Water Watch.
I’ve added a lovely new portrait session of Shailene to the gallery. The accompanying interview can be found below–be sure to take a look.
REUTERS – For actress Shailene Woodley, transitioning from her teen years into adulthood in Hollywood was an emotional experience.
“When I saw ‘Fault in Our Stars’ for the first time, I started crying,” Woodley said of her hit coming-of-age cancer film earlier this summer.
“I recognized that this is such a bittersweet moment, because this is the last young adult film I’d ever do, because I can no longer empathize with the teenage process.”
Woodley, 22, has carved out a career playing teen heroines, from Tris in the “Divergent” film adaptations and cancer patient Hazel in “Fault in Our Stars,” to Kat Connor in “White Bird in a Blizzard,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday.
In “White Bird,” Woodley plays a complex young girl who has to come to terms with her beautiful but troubled mother Eve (Eva Green) suddenly going missing.
Sprawled out on the floor of a Los Angeles hotel room, Woodley talked to Reuters about portraying teen sexuality, violence in young adult films and whether she’d ever enter the Marvel universe.
I’ve updated the gallery with two of Shailene’s most recent shoots for Vanity Fair and Women’s Health. I’ll work on adding scans from both magazine features and also screen captures from her talk show appearances that we are missing in the gallery. For now, enjoy these beautiful photos!
Shailene is featured in the latest issue of V Magazine–looking beautiful in a photo taken during this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January.
V MAGAZINE – Shailene Woodley’s starring role in this spring’s Divergent might have catapulted her from buzzworthy-critical-darling status to full-fledged movie stardom, but the 22-year-old actress is still an indie cinephile at heart. “I find Sundance to be nothing but pure magic every year,” she says. “I’ve been going for a while, whether I’m with a film or not. The weather, the people, the dance moves, the films, the cozy attire… it’s swoon-worthy.”
And she should know. In a few short years, Woodley has won the hearts of critics and audiences alike as one of Hollywood’s most magnetic young talents by giving tearful reality checks to George Clooney in the art house (The Descendants) and throwing knives and jumping off buildings on IMAX screens (Divergent). “I love indie films, because there’s no slacking off,” she says. “The budget is so tight and the shooting schedule is so precise, there’s no room for error. Everyone is there for the love of the craft. [Indie films] are able to explore beyond the boundaries of what studios will allow. They take risks and diverge from mediocrity—by being sexual, mysterious, dangerous, or crude. I love them because the freedom is unbridled.”
Perhaps no director embodies these characteristics better than Gregg Araki, whose latest film, White Bird in a Blizzard, brought Shailene back to Park City this year. “I’ve been a major fan of Gregg’s work for a while now,” Shailene says. “My first impression of him was, Wow. This man does it all himself. He moves to his own rhythm… dances to his own unique tune. He owns himself. That isn’t necessarily the norm during this age of megafilms and studio franchises. He doesn’t make very many films, so when the opportunity arose, I jumped on it. I feel like being a part of the Araki clan is a rite of passage.”
In the central role of Kat Connor, a late-’80s alterna-teen on a quest to find her vanished mother, Shailene relished the chance to amp up the sex factor. “I connected with Kat because of her confidence and her way of coping with pain by masking it through her sexuality. I loved her strength and power to own her skin and to explore herself through her relationships with men.”
Next, the ingenue will tug at audience’s heartstrings in the much-anticipated The Fault in Our Stars. “It’s a beautiful cancer movie that isn’t about cancer,” she says. It’s about internal exploration, eternal connection, and universal, unconditional love.” Following that, she’s content to keep waiting for another fabulous script. “I’m going to lie low and explore some of life’s other artistic facets.”
NEW YORK TIMES – Back in 1999, Shailene Woodley and her mother, Lori, could be found in a tiny dressing room trailer on the set of “Replacing Dad,” the television movie in which Ms. Woodley had her first speaking role. If the pair were hoping to pass themselves off as anything but novices, they failed miserably, especially when it came to availing themselves of the lunch provided by the production.
“We’d brought these little rice cakes with us,” said Ms. Woodley, who remembers that after being told that a production assistant would come fetch them when she was needed on camera, she and her mom stayed put. They didn’t know they could leave the trailer, even to eat. “We just sat there for six and a half hours with no water, no anything. We were starving.”
Fifteen years later, Ms. Woodley knows her way around a Hollywood set. At 22, she has built a fan base that is an aggregate of people who may not have the same tastes in entertainment, but all claim her as their own. The followers of her ABC Family series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” may be unaware of her success in indie films like “The Spectacular Now” (2013) or her award-winning turn in “The Descendants” (2011). The science fiction crowd knows Ms. Woodley as Tris Prior, the punch-throwing, train-hopping protagonist of the dystopian, postapocalyptic blockbuster “Divergent,” which opened in March.
As for those who’ve read John Green’s best-selling, young adult novel about two terminally cancer-stricken teenagers who fall in love, “The Fault in Our Stars,” it appears that they are excited about Ms. Woodley’s starring in the big-screen adaptation, opening June 6. Since the trailer was posted on YouTube in January, it has not only been viewed almost 16.5 million times, but it has also generated a subcategory of videos of fans reacting to the doomed courtship of Hazel and Gus (Ansel Elgort). If the ocean of tears that has already been spilled during the clip is any indication, then movie theaters might do well to sell packets of tissues at the concession stand.
Ms. Woodley herself was so moved by Mr. Green’s heartbreaking love story, that when she heard that the rights to the book had been optioned, she arranged a meeting with the Fox 2000 studio executives Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff. “I told them, ‘You guys, this movie has to be made,’ ” Ms. Woodley said, adding that she had offered to work in the catering department if the lead role of Hazel Lancaster wasn’t available.
LOS ANGELES TIMES – As the heroine of this weekend’s box office juggernaut, “Divergent,” actress Shailene Woodley threw knives, shot guns and fought in a ring. But of all the daring scenes she filmed, scaling the 150-foot Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier in freezing temperatures was Woodley’s favorite.
“It was such a special night. It was the third full moon of the year, and it was a supermoon, and supermoons are very powerful,” she reminisced, in what the world is quickly learning to be trademark Shailene speak. “So to watch it go across the sky as we were climbing up and down this ladder for 12 hours, it was magical. It was so romantic.”
It may have been an almost-spiritual experience for Woodley, but the scene also marked a key moment for her character, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a young woman who is forced to prove her courage in order to blend in and keep a dangerous secret in a world that’s anything but romantic.
“Divergent,” opening Friday, is based on the first novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult trilogy, which has sold 17 million copies with a story that posits a dystopian future in which people are strictly sorted into factions based on personality. A test reveals our heroine, Tris, is divergent, meaning she doesn’t fit neatly into any single category — a quality considered dangerous. Tris tries to hide her divergence and joins Dauntless, the faction that values bravery, where her courage and strength are put to the test.