Shailene Woodley is an American film and television actress best known for her roles in The Fault In Our Stars, Descendants, Spider-Man-2. And The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Shailene Diann Woodley was born in California, USA on 15th November, 1991. Her parents were educators, mother Lori Victor was a middle school counselor and her father Lonnie Woodley was a school principal.
She grew up with her younger brother Tanner Woodley and went to Simi Valley High School in California. Before acting roles started coming her way, she considered studying interior design at New York University
Woodley was diagnosed with Idiopathic Scoliosis at the age of 15. She had to wear a chest-to-hips plastic brace for two years. Luckily her treatment proved successful.
Shailene Woodley began modelling when she was just four years old. She started getting small roles in TV shows like Cold Case, My name is Earl and crossing Jordan.
Her big role as a child actor came in 2003 when she landed the role of Mischa Barton’s little sister Kaitlin in the hit Television show The O.C
Woodley started getting attention from critics and the media when she appeared in the controversial American teen drama television series ‘The Secret Life of American Teenager’.
She played the role of Amy Juergens, a 15 year old teenager who discovers she is pregnant. Amy figures out how to balance motherhood, high school, boys, friends and life.
The series was well received by teens, female audiences and had good ratings. However, the critics came out with mixed reviews. Some liked it for portraying characters that looked true and real life while others cautioned their audiences about watching the show, The New York times labelled the series as “Prime-Time Cautionary Tale”.
Woodley’s big break came in 2011 when she was cast opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s film The Descendants (2011). The role won her a Golden Globe nomination and critical acclaim.
At a personal and professional level Woodley claims to have learnt a lot from George Clooney and rates him as one of her all time favourite people.
Success and Recognition
In 2014, Woodley gained international recognition for her leading role in The Divergent Series, based on the best-selling novel series by author Veronica Roth. The same year Woodley played the character of Hazel Grace Lancaster in romantic movie The Fault in Our Stars, based on a novel of the same name by John Green.
There were so many amazing auditions for the role of Hazel, but Shailene’s love for the book and her understanding of Hazel blew me away – John Green Quotes