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.”
DEADLINE – The Shailene Woodley serial killer thriller Misanthrope has presold around the world for FilmNation here in Cannes following a buyer presentation that included the Big Little Lies actress and director Damian Szifron (Wild Tales).
Woodley will star as a talented but troubled cop recruited by the FBI to help profile and track a murderer. Szifron has scripted with Jonathan Wakeham, with additional casting underway and filming due to take place in Atlanta later this year.
Deals have closed with France (Metropolitan), Germany (Tobis), Italy (BIM), Spain (Vertigo), Eastern Europe (Vertical), CIS (Volga), Benelux (via the company’s output deal with The Searchers), Greece (Feelgood), Iceland (Sam Films), Israel (Lev), Middle East (Italia), Portugal (Nos), Switzerland (Pathé) and Latam (Sun).
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Also closed were Hong Kong (Edko), India (PVR), Indonesia (PT Prima), Japan (Gaga), Philippines (Pioneer), Singapore (Shaw), South Korea and Thailand (Joyncinema), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Vietnam (Blue Lantern), Pan Asia Pay TV (Fox Networks Group), Australia/NZ (Roadshow, also via an output) and South Africa (Empire). UK is under negotiation.
FilmNation once again rode high on the Croisette and for a second successive year had three movies pitch sellouts in the shape of Down Under Cover, sold to Paramount for the world; Mincemeat, which sold to Warner Bros for a handful of markets and to indies in others; and Misanthrope, which went the indie route.
In 2018, the company saw excellent business on 355, Ironbark and this year’s well-received Cannes competition drama Pain and Glory.
We have updated the gallery with Shailene’s various appearances throughout this year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The festival also marked some great news for her upcoming role in Misanthrope, which received a worldwide distribution deal with FilmNation as a result of its presentation earlier in the week. We still don’t know a lot about the film, but it promises to be a complete departure from anything Shailene has done before.
VOGUE – Fresh off the news that our favorite show, Big Little Lies, will be returning for a second season, it crushed the Golden Globes announcements Monday morning. It scored six nominations, dominating the television categories, part of a whopping 12 that went to HBO. Netflix followed with nine nominations, and FX trailed with eight. It looks like the addictive formula established by BLL—female friendship plus gorgeous houses, a costume party, PTA meetings, a great soundtrack, and a dash of murder—worked on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, too. We get it, obviously. And we can’t wait to see Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman go head-to-head for best actress in a limited series: Imagine the backstage Instagrams!
Elsewhere in the Globes TV nominations, the drama category looked largely the same, with four returning contenders from last year: The Crown, 2017’s winner; Game of Thrones; Stranger Things; and This Is Us. Only newcomer The Handmaid’s Tale shook things up and dragged the category into political territory. In comedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Master of None, SMILF, and Will & Grace will be battling Black-ish to win best series. In film, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water received seven nominations, with Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri getting six each.
Last Sunday (Sep 17), Shailene attended the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, where Big Little Lies won several awards, including Best Limited Series. We have uploaded a large batch of photos of Shailene’s appearance at the ceremony to the gallery, so be sure to take a look.