We don’t cover actress Shailene Woodley all that often. She was nominated for several major awards last year, for The Descendants, and she’s only 21 years old right now. Last year, Shailene made some annoying comments and she often sounded rather full of herself, but most people gave her a pass because of her age and because she actually managed to pull off a big role, so people were like “Well, at least she can act.”
Shailene was hired to play Mary-Jane Watson in Spider-Man 2, and she spent a few months in New York filming with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. And then… last month producers announced that she was being cut out of the film. And when Mary-Jane Watson is introduced in the third Spider-Man film, the producers are going to completely re-cast the role. OUCH. That’s a major burn, especially for someone so young. But! She does have the lead role in Divergent, which should be a decent franchise for her – probably not as big as The Hunger Games or Twilight, but it will give her a lot of name-recognition.
That’s all backstory for this Marie Claire feature with Shailene. Tell me if you think she comes across like a really young, self-satisfied hipster:
On the word ‘celebrity’: “I don’t use it to describe myself. In high school, a lot of my friends didn’t know I was an actor because I didn’t talk about it. They would come to school and be like, ‘Wait, were you on My Name is Earl last night?’ It was something I kept under wraps because I did it for myself and not for anybody else.”
On what she struggles with: “I struggle in real life trying to balance my natural connection to the earth and the somewhat materialistic side of the industry I am in…Anything over a certain amount of money freaks me out.”
On what she would do without acting: “If I didn’t have acting, I would be just as happy. I would probably be an herbalist, or maybe I would open a fruit stand on a Hawaiian island.”
“I struggle in real life trying to balance my natural connection to the earth and the somewhat materialistic side of the industry I am in…” For the love of God. And I always, always hate when actors romanticize the life of peasants… “Oh, I would be an herbalist, or I would open a lovely little fruit stand, if only I wasn’t so famous and rich, then I too could be of the earth!”
Photos courtesy of Peter Ash Lee/Marie Claire and Entertainment Weekly.