Shailene Woodley: ‘I gather my own spring water from mountains every month’

I don’t hate Shailene Woodley. At all. I think she’s harmless. She’s not mean or nasty or gross and she doesn’t go out of her way to be actively annoying or anything. She’s just sort of harmlessly pretentious and overzealous in trying to sound like she’s the biggest Hippie Granola Crunch Girl in the World. But it’s fine. It’s actually kind of funny – I get a kick out of her interviews because she really does come across as a girl who wouldn’t harm a fly, but seriously, someone needs to tell her to stop trying to sound so “earthy” in interviews. Instead of sounding like a guileless hippie, she sounds pretentious. Anyway, Shailene has a feature in the new issue of Flaunt, which you can read here. The highlights are amaze-balls.

Seriously, she’s a hippie: “I think everything about my lifestyle is fairly alternative. I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food. I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils,” she laughs at the long list. “I could go on for hours. I make my own medicines; I don’t get those from doctors. I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants. It’s an entire lifestyle. It’s appealing to my soul.”

Her work on The Secret Life of the American Teenager: “I’m extremely grateful for it; it was a fantastic five years of my life, but towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren’t really aligned with my own integrity. So that was a bit hard to show up to work every day knowing that we were going to project all of these themes to thousands—millions—of young adults across the country, when in fact they weren’t what I would like to be sending out.”

She’s not Method though: “I’m not one of those actors who feels like they need to get in character, to do any sort of method acting situations. For me it’s all about learning my lines, showing up on time, and professionally listening to what others are saying, and then authentically and truthfully reacting off of their expressions. So, it’s easy to drop roles, because I don’t feel like I acquire them to begin with.”

She is not immersed in tabloid culture: “You hear a lot about people who go out and put themselves in the position to be photographed, and go to the places where they’re expected to be seen. And because I don’t really read those weekly magazines, I don’t really know who or what people are talking about right now. But I think somebody like Jennifer Lawrence handles it incredibly well, or Kate Winslet. Strong women who are able to maintain their personal lives, yet graciously—and gratefully—entertain the other side of their lives as well.”

[From Flaunt]

Bless her heart. Obviously, I don’t have the time or the patience (or the desire) to live that kind of lifestyle, but if it makes her happy, God bless. I’m fascinated by her subtle disrespect of The Secret Life of the American Teenager though – “towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren’t really aligned with my own integrity.” What was the show preaching? I never watched it. Is she talking about when Bristol Palin came on? Was the show all about teen pregnancy and conservative views? Or did the characters dare to drink tap water?!

Photos courtesy of Flaunt.

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    • Spooks says:

      Harmless, but sooooo annoying. She makes her own medicine? What?

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        Well, it’s probably made from her piss, which is healing because it is just spring water piss….
        EYE ROLL

      • Johanna says:

        I make my own medicines too because everyone knows a the secret to bipolar cureness is homemade oils & cheese. And those infected cuts? Just reflect on them to ease the infection. I wonder if she makes her own hemrrhoid medication? She’s definitely got something up her butt.

      • shannon says:

        How do you think people got well before modern antibiotics? Herbs and other plants of course. Aspirin is the same thing as willow bark. Honey is a natural antibiotic. Doctors who live in the rainforest are expected to learn how to harvest their own medicines straight from the source. It makes me sad when people are so ignorant about nature and make fun of those who understand that most medicines are based off those plants. Someday our modern society might crumble. Drs. won’t have medicines. These same people you’re scoffing at will be the ones you beg for herbs from when you or your kids are very ill. Keeping this knowledge alive is important. Not something to laugh at.

      • Johanna says:

        Oh, yes, we’re the ignorant ones. If I was living back in the 1800′s my bipolar would’ve been taken care of with a lobotomy, pure and simple. Of course the medications and antibiotics we consume are from the root of nature. I don’t know who was arguing that fact? Not I. Bottom line, she’s just pretentious and over the top.

      • Florc says:

        Yes, there are many natural substitutes found in nature to substitute medicine. That’s not what posters are getting at though. She’s been very lucky to not need to see a doctor for a serious condition. I and many others here would be dead ages ago if it was not for modern medicine.
        And people died before penicillin.
        There’s a lot to be said for leading a healthy and natural lifestyle, but it can hurt more than it helps and when putting too much faith in it it can be a fatal mistake.

      • Pandy says:

        I’m with you Shannon, but we are definitely in the minority. I have a friend who makes her own toothpaste and facial oils, etc. She doesn’t want the chemicals and won’t use anything with animal products in it or that were tested on animals. I’m too lazy but she makes the time to do it and I applaud her. This snarking on Shailene is a fear response to things you don’t understand. Leave her alone – she’s not only doing no harm, she’s trying not to cause harm. Good for her.

      • UsedToBeLulu says:

        A fear response? No. Just a common sense one. I, for one, am grateful for how far medicine has come. If only so that when my daughter got pink eye (3 times!) as a child, it was not a death sentence. As it so often is in underdeveloped countries.

      • Lady D says:

        I make my own dry skin lotion, feet cream and facial masques. I grow a lot of food, partly because I want to and partly because I don’t have a lot of money. I frequent farmer’s markets because they have the food I want to eat. I want to learn how to make my own cheese. I’m saving for the course. I’m not insufferable, I’m just taking care of me and the environment the best I can. However, I would never, ever, make my own medications. Props to those that do but I’m sticking with the pro’s.

      • Nina W says:

        Shannon aspirin is not the same thing as willow bark. Aspirin is much safer than willow bark. Willow bark has many more toxins in it than aspirin. Old remedies or natural ones are not always best.

    • Thiajoka says:

      Exactly the word that kept flitting through my mind while I read this. Almost makes Goop seem like someone I could relate to. J/K, I’m too redneck for Goop.

      • shannon says:

        Johanna, yes, you ARE ignorant. Lobotomies were not performed in the 1800′s. The first lobotomy surgery occurred in 1935, well after lithium came into popular use for the treatment of mania in the 1870′s. You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about, nor are you qualified to offer an opinion of

    • Meaghan says:

      Agreed. And funny, she probably FLIES to the mountain to get the water. Some Celebs are so stupid. Malik her own lotion isn’t going to cover up her carbon footprint

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I will never understand people that get bitter about other people simply speaking about their lifestyle when they are asked about it. It isn’t as if she is condemning those that live differently. She isn’t trying to shame people into following her example.

      What is insufferable or pretentious about what she said?

      • Ming says:

        I agree with this, why are people so quick to judge a lifestyle that is different from their own? She was asked questions about her own personal life, and she answered. Is she supposed to lie about her life so others, i.e. strangers approve? BS.

    • anet says:

      it’s like J Law on steroids, except uglier.

    • Joy says:

      The thing is, it’s not what she does that makes her insufferable. It’s how she tells it. Her interview’s got this “holier-than-thou” vibe. But as much as I find her annoying, I think she’s got so many awesome projects, so good for her. Maybe all that spring water has some fairy mojo or something.

  1. Minty says:

    I can remember being of a certain age, and thinking all my thoughts and feelings were profound an unique…

    Maybe she’ll evolve into someone more relatable one day?

  2. phaksi says:

    Ive only ever read about her on Celebitchy, but she is starting to annoy me now

  3. ncboudicca says:

    Why do I picture her on a bicycle in the breakdown lane of I-15, balancing two large buckets of water on a pole over her shoulders, in order to avoid burning fossil fuels to fetch her water?

  4. TG says:

    I grew up without running water and we collected water from our spring. Natural water tastes amazing and if you have never tried it you don’t know what you are missing. It is funny becausey mom was and is very religious and very conservative to the point of hypocrisy but she was ahead of her time while I was growing up. We composted, and practiced organic gardening with everything. She even made organic dies for the wool sweaters and such she created.

    • lady mary. says:

      i agree with that ,nothin tastes better than fresh spring water ), kudos to ur mom and u ,iam impressed with that dye thingy:),i lilke shailene ,she is living a healthy life ,maybe a bit different but 100 times better than bein drugged and anorexic

    • IWantToLiveInNew York says:

      I agree about fresh spring water, it’s better than the bottled stuff.

      I am curious however as to where she lives and where these mountains are? Does she go into the mountains, I mean really? Or is there a place she drives to where they pump it out for you?

      • Sabrine says:

        I was so envious and admiring when I read about her wonderful lifestyle. That’s what we’re missing, our connection with the land, where our food comes from before it is modified, gassed (fruit), made full of preservatives, growth hormones, and chemicals.

        I’m surprised some find her insufferable. I think she’s wonderful to put the time and effort in to lead a healthy lifestyle and I wish I was more like her.

      • Haolebunny says:

        In Southern CA, you can drive to Idyllwild and there is a pipe sticking out of a spring that has water running out of it and a line of people with their empty 5 gallon bottles waiting to collect it. My ex used to go there to get fresh water for his work crew (then let it fester in his garage, go figure)

      • Lauren says:

        How do you know this lifestyle is healthy, though? This is a seemingly ignorant but very self-satisfied young woman making her own medicines, whatever that means. Just because it is in nature doesn’t mean it is healthy or good for you or a panacea.

      • Claudia says:

        Ignorant? How? It’s clear she’s spent years doing research on this and living it, I can guarantee she’s much more informed about this topic than any of us. Regarding the medicine bit, she’s most likely a very healthy girl. The only ‘medicines’ (probably just herbal remedies) she probably needs are things for minor aches and pains, cramps, cuts, whatever. In which case, yeah, you actually can go all natural in a healthy way.

      • IWantToLiveInNew York says:

        @ Haolebunny – thanks. Where I’m living in New Zealand there are several places you go and spring water from, but they charge you. I was curious as to how she would do it.

      • Nina W says:

        She grew up in Simi Valley, lived in NY, worked as a sales associate and is now an actress how does any of that count as a well informed hippie? She can do whatever she likes but she’s not living on a farm doing it all for herself, I call BS on that.

      • Claudia says:

        @Nina: Why is any of that mutually exclusive? I live in upstate New York in a town full of hippies (well known for it). The majority are not living on farms, or working in other stereotypical (in regards to hippies) jobs. It’s not hard to become well-informed on the lifestyle if someone wants to make that change.

  5. Steph says:

    I don’t really know who she is but this did not make me like her. You make your own medicines? Really? I mean, really?! I wonder if she scrapes mold off her old cheese if she needs antibiotics.

  6. LadyRay says:

    Hmm, I wonder if she wears makeup??

  7. Kword210 says:

    Ok, I’ll admit it I watched. But mostly for my daughters and the conversation generated. Her character left her son to go to school, I think that’s her beef…it was mine. However, on another note, in a side by side with Miley she wins. It’s refreshing for a young girl to embrace naturism as a religion. Hate but her tongue is in her head!!!

  8. Runs with Scissors says:

    Strange how people are willing to listen to endless interviews of stars repeating crap about losing weight, or getting plastic surgery, or lasering their faces, but her talking about wanting clean food and water is somehow HORRIBLE and insufferable?

    • MBP says:

      I don’t get the hate either. It doesn’t sound like she’s overselling it to me; but then I make my own soap and food and all that jazz. I guess I’m equally pretentious in that case?

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I compost, have a garden, buy local produce and from local protein sources, I make my own soaps, lip balms, and lotions… and there’s a place near my home on Long Island and near my lake house that has fresh spring water that you get from a pump. The one in Cold Spring Harbor always has lines to fill up your bottles. Yeah, she can sound a little pretentious, but if she walks the walk, she can talk the talk. I make my own medicines for common illnesses/maladies (herbal teas and tinctures, etc) but for serious illness, I go the prescription route.

      • LeLe25 says:

        I agree. I think it’s great to have a celebrity speaking about a different lifestyle, one that isn’t “the norm” in the US. I guess it’s pretentious to speak about how you live your life…

      • Eleonor says:

        I admire who’s able to do soaps and cosmetics, seriously! I don’t make soap or stuff like that, because I am a mess for that kind of things, and if you ask me about my lifestyle it’s the same: green cosmetics,it takes a long time to do shopping for me because I read everything there’s in soaps and balms and on and on; I go to farm to buy milk, sometime, but you can order your things online and someone will deliver it at home. At the beginning it seems complicated, but after you get used to it it’s not difficult. And yes it’s a lifestyle. I don’t go around preaching “I am better than you”, but this is what I do. I don’t think she is saying “I am better, you have to do like me”; she is simply answering to a question. And it’s nice to see someone so young so involved in something different than getting a boob job, or partying.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I completely agree with you guys. I’m also surprised at how many people don’t know that yes, you indeed can make your own medicine, although I would probably refer to it as “treatments” for illnesses, rather than traditional medicine. My friend who is an herbalist does it all the time-herbal tinctures, teas etc.–and yeah, she’s probably the healthiest person I know.

        I like this girl. I see nothing pretentious about someone being true to their beliefs.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Eleonor, one of the easiest things to make is body butter and lotion. You don’t need anything special really, just a blender that you only use for the butters (because it can make the blender jar a little hard to clean.) My recipe is just olive oil, distilled water, apricot oil, cocoa butter, pure beeswax, and essential oils. That’s it.

      • Lauren says:

        TOK – I’m assuming your friend has some kind of training and is not just some celebrity dilettante? I think these kind of lifestyles tend to be self-selecting. If someone does have any kind of serious health issue, they are more likely not to find benefit from this kind of life and opt to out to more “traditional” ways, leaving the uber-natural group as healthier due to attrition.

      • Sabrine says:

        I don’t know why people are dissing her for her lifestyle or even not believing her. The level of suspicion and dislike is odd. I guess taking healthy living to a slightly higher level is considered uncool and something to be dismissed and criticized. Whatever.

      • jaye says:

        @paranormal girl, where do you get your beeswax? Is it expensive? I have wanted to start making my own lotions and body butters for a while now, but the products I’ve found on line cost more than my little wallet can take.

      • paranormalgirl says:


        Their prices are good. If I can’t locally source the wax, I get it here. And 16 oz makes a bunch of stuff. I’ll get up my recipes on my blog over the weekend and post the link.

    • Lucy says:

      THIS. I find it funny to see so many people bashing her for talking about her lifestyle in an interview (which she isn’t even trying to shove down other people’s throat alla Goop), yet it’s perfectly ok for say, The Kardashians, show off all their fortune in their reality show and everwhere else. She has always been like this, and is like, the anti-famewhore. Plus, she can act.

    • claire says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing.

    • Lisa says:

      Agreed, plus I think she’s a good actress. I liked her in The Descendants.

    • Migdalia says:

      In case you guys didn’t notice there are a lot of ignorant people commenting with over the top snark. Wow! She doesn’t want to fill her body with unnecessary chemicals and fillers?! She makes her own products and remedies (because if she lives the way she does she would hardly get even the common cold) ?! The horror! She’s such a snob with her lifestyle choices!!!! (end sarcasm) I think her way of living is awesome and I wish I could have the time and money to make my own care products. I don’t eat cheese and would think making your own would gross you out, but I’m interested in finding this spring mountain water place outside of LA.

      • shady says:

        agreed. I do all of the stuff she does plus some more “hippy” stuff that is of a more personal nature. I appreciate someone in mainstream hollywood that I can relate to on this level. She’s talking about it because she’s being asked about it, and she’s not shading other people’s lifestyle like Goop does.

        And yes, you can make your own medicine naturally. I use elderberry syrup, cod liver oil and bone broth during the winter for my family. Obviously there have been a few times we’ve needed medical attention.

      • shady says:

        and making yogurt and cheese isn’t a gross process, I wonder if she has a raw milk source.

      • Lauren says:

        Shady, I would say those are treatments or remedies, not medicines. Hence why this actress is coming off as pretentious when she talks about making medicines. Every choice has pros and cons. Making cheese or yogurt from raw milk may reduce certain exposures, but carries an increase risk of listeria, for instance, which kills fetuses.

      • jaye says:

        I actually wish I could live a lifestyle close to hers. I have started using natural products for my body and face. I use coconut oil on my body (it’s a great deodorant), vegetable glycerin on my face and any other part of me that is really dry and castile soap for my hair and body. I WISH I could grow my own veggies or at least gather them from a farm. The closest we have here in DE are the farmer’s market. The produce is better and the meat is the freshest I’ve ever tasted.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree, Runs with Scissors. I could understand the hate directed at her if she was throwing shade at people who don’t do what she does…but that is not what she is doing. She is merely speaking to her own experience, nothing offensive about that.

      I like hearing about something different in interviews other than the usual shallow banter.

  9. Bijlee says:

    ” I make my own medicines; I don’t get those from doctors.”

    Problematic, but I don’t mind the rest of the interview. I like her. I prefer her over the virus. Yeah she sounds pretentious, but at least she’s trying to learn about something OUTSIDE of herself! I prefer that over the stupidity of practically every other star her age out there. Someone fill us in on Secret Life! What were they preaching???!!!

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Bijlee, you bring up an excellent point. Shailene is healthy and young now, but when she inevitably has to turn to prescription medication, I hope she still has the platform to recommend only using drugs that have been on the market for 20 years. Like Chris Rock said, there’s no profit in cures.

      • Bijlee says:

        I worry that she may have some sort of anti-medicine stance and only want natural cures. She did talk in that last interview about that book the secret, I don’t know. I like her and I like her focus on the environment.

        But I hope she can be a rational, reasonable individual and not completely dissociate from modern medicine simply because it’s not natural. There can be a balance.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        Oh, boy! The established principal of cognitive behavioral therapy is one thing, but “The Secret” is a whole other ball of wax. Now you have me hoping she doesn’t irretrievably wander down the New Age path of hucksterism.

    • Msammy says:

      I only saw secret life when they would play the clips On the soup and mock them but it seemed all they ever talked about on that show was sex sex sex!

      • jaye says:

        You are so right about that. It seemed to start off as a show with a message, a cautionary tale about a young girl who ends up pregnant and how she tries navigates her world as a single, teen mom. It seemed to quickly devolve into bed hopping teens AND their ridiculous parents. She probably signed on thinking that she was going to be sending a positive message. In fact, during the first season (yes…I watched it for a while. Color me ashamed) there was always an end tag about how pregnancy was 100% preventable and encouraged their viewers to be responsible. I stopped watching when it got all soap opera-y, so I’m not sure they carried on with that…it’s doubtful…y’know…because of all the sex.

  10. Mia 4S says:

    Well 99% of them are insufferable but at least she’s somewhat original!

  11. Birdie says:

    She’s young. Maybe someday she’ll read her old interviews and cringe.

  12. Marianne says:

    I find her really annoying as well.

  13. Suckmyfarts says:

    Good for her for going against the grain. We would be dissing her if she was like the rest of the young Hollywood population. We should encourage others to be different. I’m kind of envious that she has the time to live that lifestyle. But if she keeps negatively commenting on the show that put her on the map, she’ll have even more time to fetch water.
    I also read recently that she cut & donated her hair to charity.

  14. Happyhat says:

    Awwww, I like her. I make my own face wash and face oils. Well, when I say ‘make’ – I wash my face with raw honey and moisturize with jojoba.

    If you do that kind of thing, it’s so easy to sound like a tit.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      @Happyhat: I bet your skin looks great, and you save a ton of money!

      I ‘make’ my own cleaning solution with distilled vinegar and a drop or two of lavender oil and put it in a cheap spray bottle. It cleans EVERYTHING, especially stainless steel, and saves me hundreds a year in commercial household cleaners.

    • tealily says:

      Honey rocks as a face wash! I love it!

      • Live & Let Live says:

        Long time reader…1st time poster.
        I didn’t feel she was GOOP-ish at all. They asked, she answered…in a non-pretentious way. I personally agree with her decisions. Yes, of course there are times one would require modern medicine. However, for many issues there are natural ways to treat them. Vinegar is one of the most fantastic things you could get your hands on. My MIL hasn’t taken an antibiotic in over 20 years (she also worked for Pfizer). She drinks a couple tbsp of apple cider vinegar every day. In the event of a cold, she uses Vitamin C & swallows a couple pieces of raw garlic several times a day. Of course my husband follows her ways & last time I had “The Crud”, he had me on that regimen. I swear I felt better within a few days, instead of the usual couple weeks. Many of the “modern” meds come from natural sources. Vinegar and garlic both have antibiotic properties. I don’t see anything wrong or insufferable about it. She actually seems fairly grounded for a young actress. I will throw no shade at her for being more in tune with nature. Big ups, matter of fact!

      • jaye says:

        I never heard that you could use raw honey as a facial cleanser! ‘Scuse me while I google.

  15. Jaime says:

    I quit watching in the later seasons, but the show pretty much embodied everything wrong and unrealistic. (Including, but not limited to, all of the characters romping in the sack)

    I mean, it was crap quality, overly pretentious, material from the jump, but they somehow managed to make the show laughably terrible. (not that realism was their ultimate goal, or anything. I’m not really sure the show actually had a purpose – other than Brenda Hampton trying to exceed the shelf life of it to match “Seventh Heaven”)

    I’ve mentioned this before, but no joke – EVERY episode I saw – had the word “sex” stated at least 20 times.

  16. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Note to her publicist: Shailene, start talking about saving money while practicing sustainable living. Flaunting her financial ability to buy the gasoline necessary to traipse up into the mountains is not endearing. In fact, this interview makes her look like a young Goop.

    As long as Shailene isn’t jetting around the world for fun, I can’t throw any shade on her for having the money to immerse herself into an alternative lifestyle.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Her PR people need to read this space. She is not coming across as earnest.

  18. pretty says:

    eh,, i just finished Divergent and watched the trailer and…….. she.. i don’t know.. i am so so excited for the movie. i can’t really tell if she’s gonna be good or not as Tris.

  19. lamamu says:

    This girl cracks me up. She’s a breath of fresh air in the world of celebrity. I know she’s pretentious, but she’ll probably grow out of it.

    • Lemony says:

      Yeah, I don’t mind her either. I do think she comes across as pretentious but I don’t think that’s her intention…she’s young and earnest & maybe not phrasing things as skilfully as she will as she matures.
      But I don’t get why the claws come out for her discussing her lifestyle. My mother is a hippie & my childhood contained some of the things Shaliene describes (not gathering mountain water though). I think it gave me a great start in life. I don’t follow my mother’s methods to a T these days, but I combine elements of Western medicine with alternative & Eastern medicine. I personally find that it gives me a well-balanced approach to healthful living.

    • shady says:

      I think she’s just really excited about how she lives. she comes across as genuine to me. It’ll get really interesting when she has kids in a few years.

  20. erika says:

    Now tg’s experiences?

    Cool lovely

    But this chick? Mags which you pose in gobbtle trees
    Bet you wear leather n’ synthetic fibers etc

  21. Sloane Wyatt says:

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how lovely and glowing she looks! It’s so refreshing to see a celebrity body that’s not emaciated.

    I’m still pissed that all the fanboys jumped on her not being pretty enough to star as ‘the girl’ in the next “Spiderman”.

    • Migdalia says:

      To be fair MJ is supposed to be a supermodel in her adult years so she would need to have that “look” in her hs years. Even Kirsten Dunst didn’t fit that bill. I haven’t seen her in anything except The Descendants and I can barely even remember her in it. That’s not good if she can be forgettable. We’ll see how her new movie plays out.

  22. Samtha says:

    I find her refreshing–even in her pretentiousness. At least she’s not saying and doing the same things every other young starlet out there does.

    Better to be a grunchy-granola-wannabe hippie than running around with your tongue hanging out, talking about how doing drugs means you’re grown up.

  23. Chrissie says:

    So…she must have a lot of free time on her hands.

  24. Bodhi says:

    Eh, I know lots of people who make their own lotions, cleaners, ect. The spring water thing is over the top, but she is a kid, I was insufferable about that stuff at that age, too.

  25. Anna says:

    Pretentious, but 10x better than….well 99% of the others out there.

  26. Sullivan says:

    She’s young and sincere. The life she describes sounds much more appealing than the lifestyles of most actors her age. She probably should have been more specific about the medicine, though.

  27. Lucy says:

    I think she is lovely – fresh and vibrant. She is an up and coming actress (very excited to see her in Divergent – she was great in Spectacular Now). We don’t see her in the tabloids stumbling out of places drunk or cracked out unlike some others. She’s not on TV making a fool of herself (talking to you Miley). Yes she comes across as pretentious with her militant granola-ness but it’s pretty harmless. And if you read her interviews, she talks a lot about young girls being able to have self confidence and such which I think is great. I would much rather young girls have her as a role model vs. some of the other young female “stars” today!

  28. Erinn says:

    I actually don’t mind what she said. I think she was rather diplomatic in her shade.

    My dad saw her on some show or commercial or something and made a point of saying “She kind of reminds me of you, Erinn”. Which… is upsetting. Though, she is a pretty girl, so I guess I won’t mind too much.

  29. kk2 says:

    Haha I like her but she is a weirdo. I think she actually handled the Secret Life question well…tactful but honest. She was young when she started. Must be hard to mature and realize you’re representing something you don’t want to stand for. But she didn’t say it in a way that was disrespectful, in my opinion. There’s something refreshing about her.

  30. kikihihi says:

    Bwahaha, I knew that I will find this quote on celebitchy:P

  31. Axis2ClusterB says:

    Bless her lil heart ;)

    I like her.

  32. neelyo says:

    Her interviews remind me of LeeLee Sobieski back in 2000. Careful honey.

    I haven’t seen her in anything but I hear she’s talented. It’s weird, she can look very young or in her late 30s, like a Lifetime movie star.

  33. RPG says:

    Oh, Shailene, shut the f___ up, you pretentious ass.

    Go live in the mountains so we won’t be subjected to your verbal diarrhea anymore.

  34. lucy2 says:

    She’s young and idealistic, and it comes off a bit pretentious – but I think it’s coming from a good place, not a desperate need for attention. We all know what THAT looks like, and in contrast Shailene seems lovely.

  35. Ashley says:

    I do some of that as well make my own beauty and health things. But if I remember correctly Lainey even said Shailene is really a SUPER hippie. So at least we know it is not an act.

  36. Blech says:

    In all fairness, don’t like her ever since that awful ABC Family show, it was awful and she was not very good. That being said, fine with all your nonsense and I was almost buying it and then the granny panty shot. Shows she is still willing to sell out, even when the shot made no sense in the context of the rest of the shoot.

  37. Nerd Alert says:

    I like the idea of her more than I actually like her. Meaning…I have no beef with spring water or natural oils, but she’s making it her entire identity and way overemphasizing the granola personality. If someone else had said this about her, I would probably like her better.

    Plus…doesn’t she subscribe to the whackjob theories in The Secret? That’s just nutcasery right there, and NO, it is NOT real science. It’s just libelous all over quantum theory, but you don’t have to be a friggin scientist to think it’s cray cray nanners.

    • Bijlee says:

      I kind of cringe at that. And she once said in some tweet something about vaccines and I just kind of cringed even more. It sounded anti-vaccines and pro “traditional medicine,” but then again it was a glance who knows what she was really saying.

      But I really do like her. She’s refreshing in all this narcissism we see with other celebs. She seems really sweet. Slightly naive about the world, but it seems like she’s always wanting to learn more and she does encourage self acceptance to girls about their bodies and overall to have a positive outlook on life. She does sound ridiculous at times. Her speech is too flowery.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Agreed. Her main problem is not her personality or opinions, it’s how she tries to communicate them. [Just like The Secret!]

        She’s a good girl, I like her, but she needs to learn how to concisely convey something like this. She needs verbal communication lessons if she wants people to not just eyeroll and walk away when she opens her mouth.

    • Migdalia says:

      Guess I’m a nutcase…I think The Secret works, and it’s mostly about living positively and not surrounding yourself with negative thoughts or people. To which now I will just continue to scroll past your commentary.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        …except you didn’t, Migdalia, you responded to the so-called “negativity” surrounding the theory which you *think* works. Only it doesn’t, not the way they say it does. Hint: science.

        If you are positive, and try to avoid negativity, that’s super. That’s a great outlook on life, but that’s all it is, and it colors your perception of the world around you. You are not actively changing your future through quantum mechanics, and your vision board cannot manifest Corvettes for you. The End.

      • Just Me says:

        Migdalla, I completely agree. It worked for me, too. Though, I think the positivity is more geared to keeping positive towards your goals and never doubting that you can reach them. Instead, believing that you WILL reach them. In a really, really amazing place professionally b/c of that book. Living my dream.

      • Nina W says:

        The Power of Positive Thinking, published in 1952 by Norman Vincent Peale.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      I certainly agree about that “Secret” dumbassery.

      I already thought Oprah was on the edge of the deep end when she embraced the Secret. Then she jumped in.

      But I’m certainly not criticizing this girl’s “homemade” stuff. A lot of that makes sense. I make quite a few of my own skin & facial products–recipes are all over the Interweb–& have for years. Anytime you can avoid putting chemicals all over your skin & still get good results = bravo.

  38. Cari says:

    I can picture it now… She roams back from the woods, wearing nothing but an burlap sack she salvaged from the side of the road. Her face is glistening in the morning sun from the layer of coconut oil she applied earlier in the day. As she enters her house, made out of earth and branches, she can’t help but notice the burning, itching sensation she has felt all day. Upon using the bathroom (a hole in the ground) the loud shrill of screams can be heard echoeing through the woods! Her homemade maxi pads were not the leaves of a wild oak tree as she thought… was poison ivy!!!!!!
    Oh well, she can whip up a little home remedy for that anyhow;)

  39. Seszie says:

    I have nooooo idea who she is. But I don’t mind what she said its kinda cool. Liking her not being a “product” at least the message she’s shilling is better than my purse and shoes are the same price as a university degree. Her message is a little anti consumer and I like it. My mom is a nutritionist and raised us this way. Juicing with a juicer, taking garlic and honey when we felt sick. Cleaning with baking soda avoiding chemicals. Washing our hair with chamomile from her garden in the summer. She would make home made lavender pouches for our closest instead of moth balls. She would use white vinegar in the cracks of the side walks to kill weeds instead of a chemical. We never had our yard sprayed, and she always made us our own food. We rarely had packaged things. She even used tea towels instead of gobs of papertowels. I am like that now in my apt. Glad the green lifestyle is catching on. It’s a healthier,less wasteful life style.

  40. Danni says:

    In years to come she’ll have a good laugh about her interviews or maybe not.
    She can stick to her hippy-ness for all I care but surely she could atleast tone it down in her interviews. It’s becoming insufferable.

  41. Claudia says:

    Ooh, I’ve done that too– also from the mountains, but you get it at the base. When I went to collect spring water one time (really only enough for one week because I always just swing by when I’m in the area, so I’m always unprepared), I met a couple that goes to that water source once a month and stocks up. Their vehicle was loaded with large glass containers top to bottom. They were so friendly and open, I quizzed them on all kinds of things about their lifestyle. They told me that with all the money they had saved through their alternative lifestyle, they invested it in solar panels that they completely rely on.

    I don’t find her at all pretentious. I just think she’s very passionate about her lifestyle, and she’s excited to talk about it and share it. I’m like this with food, I’m really into nutrition so when someone gets me started on the topic… :)

    I go the natural route with my skincare. I wash my face with oatmeal (you let the water run through it, then pool it– apply the water to your face and exfoliate with the oats), treat any breakouts with tea tree oil, make my own green tea/honey/rice flour scrubs or yogurt/honey/oatmeal masks, etc. (strongly recommend you guys try any/all of these). I have a friend who makes her own laundry detergent. I think it’s cool. It’s the diet part that can get expensive– some naturists are very much into superfoods and the obscure, so they tend to buy hard-to-find products sourced from all over the world that is consistently expensive as a result.

  42. EIleen says:

    The first thought that went through my head was microbiology class lesson on what can be found in water from streams,rivers-put all of us off drinking from one while outdoors

  43. Lucy says:

    I don’t really get how she sounds pretentious..?

  44. Suckmyfarts says:

    I am loving all of the homemade remedies everyone is sharing. Would anyone be willing to email me their face wash, cleaning products, ect. I would love to start making my own house products & personal hygiene essentials. I just don’t know where to start!
    It would be greatly appreciated!

    • Claudia says:

      Me too! I feel like we need to start an email list :) . I’m interested in any related blogs people have or frequent. I’m happy to write up and send along some of my own skincare/etc. tips.

      • Claudia says:

        For the green tea scrub (especially great for any marks:

        After you’ve brewed and had your green tea, take the tea bag and empty it out into a bowl. Add about one spoonful of raw honey and one spoonful of white rice flour (I got mine in the international section of the grocery store) and mix. Apply to clean face and exfoliate, with particular care to buffing along any dry areas or skin marks. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse. Do this maybe once or twice a week.

        Oatmeal as face cleanser:

        Take about a palm’s worth of oatmeal and put your hand into a fist. Hold it under running water to soak the oatmeal for several seconds, then open your fist and pour some drops of water into the oatmeal. First massage the oatmeal water onto your face for maybe 10 seconds, then message the oatmeal onto your face for a minute and rinse. Make sure your hair is pulled back because it does get a bit messy, but I LOVE this as a cleanser (lots of beauty benefits). I use this in the mornings.

        For the yogurt mask, I would recommend googling it because there are many different combinations you can use depending on the skin benefit you want (e.g. marks, fine lines, brown spots, hydration, brightening, and so on. Some people add lemon juice and a few drops of green tea or do other mixes). I would strongly recommend testing it on an inconspicuous patch of skin first, because I have a lactose intolerant friend who got an allergic skin reaction from it.

        Activated charcoal:

        You can get this in capsule form or as a powder. I got the powdered form on Amazon (food grade from Multivita). Has many uses (e.g. for drug overdose, ingestion of toxins), but I use it as teeth whitener. You have to do a LOT of rinsing to get all the black out of your mouth, and you look crazy lol, but it works so well.

    • Lemony says:

      I’m trying to upload a link for you right now but it’s not working….will have to try again later.
      It’s for my friend’s website for her homemade products. I do massage therapy part-time with her, I rent one table space from her at her massage shop & she just started selling of her homemade items. But she has posted the recipes for some of the things we’ve made, so you don’t have to pay, you can just print them out :)
      We had a “spa party” about 2 months ago with some of the items & it was awesome!

      • Lemony says:

        Crap. I’ll have to try when I get home to my office.
        This is a facial mist we made that I love and use all the time, just off the top of my head:
        2 oz. distilled water
        2 tbsp aloe vera juice
        approx. 10 drops essential oils
        Combine in spray bottle & shake well, also shake each time before use.
        I made a lavendar mist that I spray on my face at night after washing before I go to bed.
        I also have a “morning energizing” mist in which I mixed peppermint & lemongrass oils.

    • MBP says:

      Look at, I don’t know if it’s active at the minute but there are tons of recipes and ideas there.

      I keep things pretty simple – oil cleansing, hair pre-treatment, and moisturiser all coconut oil. Soap you brew from fat and sodium hydroxide (fun with chemistry!), I added some tea tree oil in my last batch. I do use “real” shampoo though. Any kind of body scrub is sugar plus oil. Erm what else…brewed a soothing skin cream by heating coconut oil with some herbs* until they infused into it.

      *depends what you have around, I used mallow leaves, thyme, violet, and some others I have forgotten.

  45. Kiddo says:

    I’m exactly like her. Except I don’t go to the mountain, I head to the market and get Poland Spring. Lol

  46. Rachel Ruiz says:

    I make my own cheese! I don’t always do it, mind you, but when I do it’s really fun and surprisingly easy.

  47. WendyNerd says:

    I have a cousin my sister and I call Moonbeam. Wonderful person: incredibly sweet, a teacher, beautiful family. Got married on a mountain top by an interfaith minister. I think she was barefoot. Always goes hiking. Very hippie/Earthy. Seriously. In my immediate family, I’m considered the liberal/hippie because I’m the only one who isn’t a registered Republican, I’m going into the Peace Corps, obsessed with feminism, seventies and sixties rock, into leftist social ideas like gender politics, environmentalism, multiculturalism, stuff like that. Even to my sister, who never misses an opportunity to tell me how weird I am knows I am nothing compared to Cousin Moonbeam.

    Shailene Woodley is now Shailene Moonbeam to me. I’m pretty sure she’s my cousin’s long-lost sister.

    —— To be clear though, I don’t find her pretentious or annoying. I think it’s adorable. I love people like this. If I had the patience/will-power/means, I’d do some of this shit too.

  48. amanda says:

    I read the headline wrong and thought it said “I gather my own spring water from mountains in my mouth.” So I pictured her collecting it in her mouth and then putting it in a bottle. That would’ve made for an interesting article.

  49. Nonny says:

    Seriously honey, that’s nothing. I wash my face in the tears of virgin unicorns every night and I forage for wild lilys and fairy droppings and grind them down to make my own toothpaste which is delivered to me every evening on a silver tray by bunny rabbits who have been blessed by angels who glide down from fluffy clouds leaving a trail of butterflies and sparkles behnd them.

  50. marina says:

    I don’t get why someone like this would want to go into show business which is why I don’t think it’s sincere. She’s just trying to be the anti-celebrity celebrity.

  51. drea says:

    I haven’t seen Shailene in anything except The Descendants, and I really liked here there. I want her character in that movie to be my sister or my kid, LOL.

    If she’s really doing all that for herself, then good for her. It’s a lifestyle. She would be insufferable if she was one of those people who just like to talk about it but aren’t really that hard-core into it, or who do it just so they can tell everyone they do it, but she doesn’t strike me as either type.

  52. alex says:

    Idk…I saw an interview with her on the Daily Show and she seemed cool and funny to me.

    Is she dating her costar in that film of hers that was just released? I saw them sitting together at the VMA’s and they seemed to be all over eachother.

  53. MeowuiRose says:

    How do you pronounce her name!?!?!

  54. Emily C. says:

    She sounds like she can laugh at herself and isn’t judging others. If she is really able to live like this, more power to her. I hope she stops thinking about her own life and starts thinking about how she can help others soon, though. Also, as she gets older she’s gonna need some of that medicine from doctors — hopefully she won’t hippie herself to death.

  55. loma says:

    She has a light in her eyes that’s rare in Hollywood. What else is rare in general are people who tread softly and have respect for the environment and their bodies. She’s young so maybe her passion about these things comes off a little strong in print but I appreciate her intelligence. I have a feeling she’ll get better with age. I’ll take her over sanctimonious Natalie Portman.

  56. Tig says:

    Like many posters here, I give her a pass- she’s 20, and overly sincere. It’s easy to poke fun at the earnestness, but it’s coming from a good place.

    Surprised that no one has commented on her VMA appearance introducing Robin Thicke and Miley- she was along-side a SNL reg doing her Miley impression- and she was looking at her like “What language are you speaking???”

  57. Stacia says:


  58. CatJ says:

    Great book recommendation here:
    Better Basics for the Home-Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie Berthold-Bond. 868 Practical Formulas for Household cleaners, body creams and lotions, hair care, facials, lawn and garden care, art supplies, paint and stains, kid’s art projects, etc. etc.
    As for Shailene, she must be careful with what she puts out there on how she lives, as it’s so easy to be called a hypocrite if she steps off her path.

    • Lemony says:

      That’s an excellent book!
      Another one I like is called Clean House Clean Planet by Karen Logan.
      We made one of her ant-repelling concoctions to finally get rid of the big black ants that moved into our back porch this summer….nothing else worked.

  59. crazydaisy says:

    maybe she wouldn’t hurt a fly but there’s no harm in zipping one. most hippies i know chop wood and carry water with their pants up.


    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Yeah, I noticed the unzipped ‘sexy’ pose too and thought to myself that Shailene got some bad direction from a photographer. Yet, even Meryl Streep put on a padded bra and low cut blouse to get cast in “Out of Africa”. Here’s hoping that Ms. Woodley can keep her integrity intact and doesn’t feel she has to sell out to succeed.

  60. SamiHami says:

    I don’t get all the hate for this kid. So she chooses to do things a little differently…what’s wrong with that? She’s certainly not harming anyone. Seems kind of petty to me to pick on an idealistic young woman.

  61. mslewis says:

    I’ve not seen her in anything but I do plan to watch “Diversity.” She does sound a bit pretentious when talking about her lifestyle but I prefer her to Miley any day. At least she seems to have a brain and is using it for something other than making an ass of herself in front of the world.

    She’s just a young girl trying hard to figure things out. At least she doing it without the aid of drugs and/or alcohol. I hope she doesn’t change; I like her.

  62. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    Cute shoot. If Divergent doesn’t work out, she should consider a “granola GOOP” lifestyle brand.

  63. raindrop says:

    Good for her!!!!!

    Yes, she’s young and idealistic, and yes, she’s coming across a little holier-than-thou. What she’s NOT doing is being photographed snorting cocaine and guzzling vodka-and-Red Bulls. All she’s taking a rather fringe approach to a healthy, earth-based living.

    So, good for her.

  64. Theresa says:

    It’s a lot easier to live that lifestyle when you have the money to pay for trips to the mountains to gather water and money to buy the ingredients necessary to make your own toiletries and medicine. It’s also not necessarily cheap to buy food from a farm vs. say Walmart. She’s the hippie version of Goop if you ask me. We’re mere peasants to her hippie godessness. Sigh.

  65. Monica says:

    Cute, very cute and young, young! And the show, there was never anything conservative about it – frankly, it couldn’t be any less conservative, some of that stuff shocked me – and I’m not exactly a delicate flower. I don’t know what she’s referring to, she’d have to be more specific although she shouldn’t be, frankly, the show put her where she is today.

  66. kim says:

    I like that she’s not like most ppl or what I excpect or have seen before in a young star

  67. Becca says:

    I don’t find her insufferable at all. She’s not imposing her lifestyle on others, unlike Gwyneth Paltrow, who shoves her self-righteous nonsense down our throats, as if we mortals are not as brilliant and advanced as she is.

    That said, I have a rare, serious illness and there’s no way I can concoct my own meds, nor would I attempt to. She’d probably change her tune if she had a life-threatening illness or an illness that needed immediate medical treatment. Regardless, until I see her become offensive or condescending towards others lifestyles, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. Aside from the medication aspect, which I’m not on board with, she seems like a mentally and physically healthy person, who is in tune with what works for her. I think that’s an admirable quality for someone her age.

  68. EscapedConvent says:

    Another young actress posing in her underpants. Yawn.

    In the first pic, is there some compelling reason her jeans are undone & pulled down? Just wondering.

  69. dcypher1 says:

    I thought this was goop talking by just reading the interview.

  70. Caz says:

    A very average photo shoot. She’s more attractive than this.

  71. Amanda says:

    I can hardly imagine how much of a crunchy granola mom she would make if she were to have a baby. Yikes!

  72. Sarah says:

    Never realised all this time I could have been making my own anti epileptic medication from crushed wildflower petals, willowbark and the tears of newborn unicorns. Unurgh :/