Shailene Woodley doesn’t own a cellphone, crafts her own weapons from nature

Shailene Woodley

These are photos of Shailene Woodley and Theo James from last week’s Divergent screening in Chicago. I puzzled over the location for a moment before remembering that the book takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of that city. Theo still feels like an odd choice for the Four character, but we’ll see how he does. This isn’t exactly a controversial casting choice (like Finnick in Hunger Games), so no use in getting worked up over it.

Shailene plays the role of Tris Prior, a member of the Abnegation faction who goes rogue Dauntless. This seems like a pretty hardcore, weapon-heavy role for a hardcore granola cruncher like Shailene. I do suspect that the movie is a little less violently graphic than the book. Shailene sat down with the Daily Beast to talk about how she actually crafts her own weapons — I guess when she’s not busy acting or making her own cheese and medicines. Of course she does:

Divergent as a metaphor for life: “That’s part of the reason why I did this movie. There’s so much opportunity for conversation since the movie is so metaphorical to today’s society. [W]e’re getting to a point where all agriculture is going to depend on seeds that were created in a lab–which is so counterintuitive to the way Mother Nature meant it to be. There’s the issue of a tyrant taking over and genocide–someone going in, choosing a particular class of people, and murdering them by brainwashing other people. And there’s the issue of spying on other people and this whole drone situation going on now.”

On fame and privacy: “As far as the hacking stuff goes, I don’t really have to worry about that. I’m not a big technology person. I don’t even have a smartphone. I don’t even have a cellphone! And if I were to have one, it would be a flip-phone. There’s a bigger lack of privacy than there’s ever been, but there’s also a bigger lack of camaraderie and community than there’s ever been. I mean … just asking people for directions. Since I got rid of my phone, having to pull over and be like, ‘Hey, buddy–do you know how to get here?’ I’m talking to people more than I’ve ever talked to in my life because I no longer have that crutch. The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have.”

On Divergent‘s empowered females: “Oftentimes in films, even if you do have a really strong woman, there’s jealousy and envy among her sisters. So you’ll have this really empowered leader, who’s a chick, and then she has some sort of envious relationship with another woman in the movie. And in this movie, there’s no envy and no jealousy–no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that–of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.”

Her survival skills scored the Tris role? “It’s kind of crazy, actually. The way it happened was so quick and easy. I had a meeting with the producers and told them about my interests–which involve survival skills–and then I met with Neil, and he said, ‘I think you’re Tris.’ The producers asked me what I liked to do in my spare time and I told them I used to study how to survive in the wild–how to make shelter, build fire, and create weapons out of the ecosystem–but I live in a city, so it also got me thinking about urban survival skills, because this was right after Superstorm Sandy and I had multiple friends who said, ‘I didn’t have water for a few days because I wasn’t prepared,’ so after they saw me studying urban survival skills my friends said, ‘That’s cool … you should read this book Divergent.”

Her own fear landscape: “I’m one of those people that sort of gets off on fear–like heights and stuff. I enjoy things that make my adrenaline run. But mine would probably be being in a submarine submerged thousands of feet underwater, or being in space. Those two things are f—ed up. No way.”

The fate of our planet: “I don’t have any fears for the planet because I believe Mama Earth can take care of herself, and will be fine. It’s good at regeneration. My biggest fear is that people aren’t going to realize in time that we are nature, and that we need to think about that fact and respect that fact. People talk about global warming, the oceans, and the rainforest, and we need to be talking about it, but nothing’s going to change unless we change ourselves. It goes back to the whole female thing–no one is going to respect females until females start respecting females–and nothing’s going to change in nature until we start with our own bodies, mental health, and happiness. The human race isn’t going to be so fine if we don’t take some necessary steps pronto.”

[From Daily Beast]

What she says about women supporting women is pretty spot on. I’d qualify it by adding that feminism doesn’t mean women have to support all other women all the time, but Shailene has a better grasp on feminism’s meaning than other starlets do.

The tree hugging stuff is typical Shailene. I worry a lot about how human beings have damaged the planet. There are moments when it really starts to stress, like when I think about that mythical trash island of plastic off the coast of Hawaii. Then I realize that we can only do so much on an individual basis and forget about it other than recycling every week. Like, I’m not going to go out and buy a Prius (like Leo DiCaprio) or harvest my own spring water (like Shailene) to try in vain to save the planet. Does that sound terrible or realistic?

Oh and here’s something worth mentioning. Some of you enjoyed Shailene’s hint at possible bisexuality from last week: “I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are.” Well she was seen lunching with Ellen Page over the weekend. Relax … they’re probably just friends.

Shailene Woodley

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  1. Redheadwriter says:

    But of course she makes her own weapons. I wouldn’t expect less from her.

  2. Dani2 says:

    Doesn’t own a cell phone but has a twitter account? Okay Shailene.

    • nenou says:

      well i don’t have a cell phone as well and i have a twitter account ! you just need a computer .

    • Dawn says:

      Hey…I don’t own a cell phone nor do I have a face book account but I do enjoy twitter. I just find cell phones and face book too intrusive. I believe that when I am out, I am out and if you leave me a message I will get back to you when I am in and if I so desire. And face book is just too much for me too. I know it is rather selfish but that is the way I am.

      • idk says:

        I just wrote a long reply but then deleted it…lol.

      • Mingy says:

        @ Dawn; same here girl! No cell phone or facebook for me either. I really can’t stand facebook to be honest..I just can’t deal. Email is perfect and private…Ppl don’t need to reach me at all hours, or anytime they want. Like you said, leave me a msg, and IF I WANT, I’ll get back to you. :)

      • word says:

        @ Mingy

        So true, with the invention of texting people expect a reply back within seconds. They don’t care that someone may be busy or that perhaps they just don’t want to reply back. With regards to Facebook, it’s stupid. People put all sorts of private things up there which has made it sooo much easier for thieves. Yeah, why don’t you tell everyone on your facebook that you’ll be on vacation the last week of March. Yup won’t make it hard since your profile is public, and anyone can see your pics, where you happen to have a few pics of your new house with your address clearly visible…not to mention you stated on facebook that you only have a small puppy at home so no big dogs for the thieves to worry about. You also put up pics of all the expensive stuff you have in your home. Too easy for criminals. People get some brains!

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I have a facebook account. AND I have some brains. My facebook is set to private, friends only. Please don’t insult people because of their social media choices.

      • idk says:

        @ paranormalgirl

        You are the exception. Most people on Facebook forget that they are giving out personal and valuable info. They either aren’t using their brains or are just too naive. If you’re Facebook is set to private, then you aren’t who I am referring to.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      It is possible her publicist or somebody tweets for her. But I think Shailaine is a bit… tiresome with her “Mother Nature” stuff. I believe she means what she says however, I know people like that.

    • Celia says:

      There was a recent paparazzi photo of her walking on a street by herself talking to a cell phone so I’m pretty sure she has one.

      • Kroll says:

        It could be a loaner or a prepaid one that she puts away for some time.

        I like to go on tech fasts myself. I will decide no internet for say a month. My TV comes on for an hour a day, so I have to be smart about what I consume in that small window and I have been known to pack the TV away for months on end. I do keep a phone permanently but only because I live alone and it could be dangerous not to. I do have a dear friend who only keeps a home phone though and if he could I bet he would do without that too.

  3. FLORC says:

    She’s trying to be interesting and news worthy, but she just isn’t.
    This movie won’t be great from the looks of it.

  4. Poe says:

    I highly doubt that she doesn’t have a cellphone. In the entertainment world without a cellphone, it’ll be hell for people to get a hold of her for callbacks and such. Unless, she has them call her mom or something.

  5. Jaderu says:

    My sister and I were just this past weekend arguing over who Daryl on the Walking Dead should be paired up with. I think I’ve found my ship. My favorite part would be when Daryl shoots her with his bow because she won’t shut up about the knife she made him out of a squirrel and a dirty dixie cup. Now if Shailene would just guest-star on the show!
    Sorry, it’s the lack of caffeine talking…
    Seriously I agree with her on the green stuff but she does tend to get a little over the top with it. Bedhead, I think you’re just being realistic. There is only so much we can do individually.

    • RR says:

      How is it ‘realistic’ to passively over-use resources?

      Would you say that recycling is ‘unrealistic’ just because there are many people out there who do not recycle?

    • Rachel says:

      OMG… a squirrel and a dirty dixie cup. Win the zombie apocalypse comes, I want you on my team.

    • Migdalia says:

      That’s exactly Shailene’s point though. We individually need to make the changes to get anywhere. You can’t say “oh well just because *I* do this, this, and this doesn’t mean I’m gonna affect anything”, because that’s the mentality everyone pretty much has and as a whole nothing changes.

      • Jaderu says:

        I think both Migdalia and RR misread what I said and just put words in my mouth. I think it’s being realistic by doing whatever you can on a personal basis. And I agreed with what Shailene said. Yeah i reread what I wrote. I agreed. I was answering Bedheads question on whether she was being realistic or terrible with her green choices. We can’t individually save the planet. And its “realistic” to acknowledge or even question if what you’re doing personally is enough.

      • meh says:

        Individuals making changes to their daily lives really won’t affect anything until national and global corporations that pollute on a massive scale are forced to change. Shailene’s energy would be better spent campaigning for environmental protection groups that put pressure on lawmakers to regulate than it is collecting spring water and making her own soap.

        It makes for a cute interview though.

      • Nina W says:

        Meh, that’s not true at all, if every body were energy and water wise it would have a huge impact to the good on our environment. It is not simply nameless, faceless corporations trashing Mother Earth, we are all part of it and everyone should do what they can to conserve, re-use and recycle. If you don’t believe me, stop using all power and see what your energy bill is at the end of the month. Every little bit matters and getting individual people to stop being wasteful would be a HUGE step forward for our planet.

    • Migdalia says:

      It was more of a generalization and what I hear from people all the time including the comment Bedhead made.

  6. Lucy says:

    Divergent is receiving nothing but great reviews so far, which I’m extremely excited about!!! Can’t wait to see it. As for the other things she said, I think her quote about loving human beings was taken waaaay out of context (not precisely in here, but in tumblr and other media sites). To me it sounded like she was speaking in general, not in a romantic way. Not that there would be anything wrong with her actually being bisexual, of course. It’s just that I don’t think that’s what she meant. And she’s not saying women have to support one another ALL the time, only that we should have more respect for each other (which is not the same thing).

  7. Jaded says:

    There’s something insufferable about her….

  8. mia girl says:

    Based on the header photo for this post, it appears she also crafts her hair pieces from nature… That palm tree in the background is giving her updo some much needed pizazz.

  9. Eh, she’s harmless. At least she cares and has found something she’s passionate about, unlike some other vaKKuous and KalKulating celebs I can think of.

    • Migdalia says:

      +1000000 I don’t watch Shailene’s movies. I only saw The Descendents which she happened to be in so it’s not like I’m a fan. However, I don’t find her to be insufferable, or try hard, but again different. She talks about her way of life which I’m always interested in reading more about. It gets tiring reading about the latest material itemss celebs are using, wearing or obsessed with. Shailene’s way of living is intriguing indeed and yes there are lots of people who actually live like this. What’s his face from Mad Men and Angel comes to mind as one of them.

    • Sullivan says:

      I’ll take her over celebs who are only passionate about their hair and bodies.

    • Artemis says:


      She seems to love life and her lifestyle is something that requires energy and knowledge. It’s refreshing to read about a truly unique person who has strong values and interests beyond the toxic industry. It’s amazing.

      Some of the things she does are not my cup of my tea but I never feel as if she’s judging people who don’t live her lifestyle. She seems thoughtful and aware, unlike JLaw unfortunately (I include her because she’s easier to accept than SW because of her generic bumbling and stumbling persona).

      • maggyy says:

        Stop pitting women against women. They are both great talented and different. i love them

      • FLORC says:

        Don’t you know the only way to build up 1 woman is to compare them to one you can tear down? *Fact!

        (*Not really a fact.)

      • Artemis says:

        It wasn’t my intention at all to pit them against each other, I was trying to make a comparison in how they approach their image. I don’t have anything against JLaw (or her peers tbh) and I don’t think that a simple remark should be classed as ‘pitting’ girl A & girl B against each other.

        I was refering to JLaw’s ignorant comments at times which is excused by people because of her goofy fun personality, Ignorance when you’re young is apparently ‘harmless’ and accepted. This is in sharp contrast with Shailene’s eloquent quotes about her lifestyle and her sexuality.

        It wouldn’t hurt if JLaw could make an effort to think before speaking or at least being aware that OCD is not something cool and climbing trees is not ‘dykey’ to give an example. I’d like to think we can be cool but also thoughtful and smart at the same time. You don’t have to make everything into an easy soundbite to appeal to the lowest common denominators to be successful (and maintain it). Especially not when I know JLaw IS smarter than that.

        They are practically the same age yet Shailene seems more aware of what is going around her or isn’t afraid to show people she has that knowledge. Either way, her lifestyle is unusual to the majority. I do think that is refreshing because it shows that Shailene can operate on a higher level of awareness despite being in a world (not just Hollywood) that doesn’t value such things and still be successful. It sends out a great message to her young fans too.

        They’re so different and I applaud both women for surviving the industry in their own way.

      • gaggles says:

        @Artemis I agree. JLaw I love, her fans and the over the top adoration for her I hate. But her interviews have no substance. She does appeal to the lowest common denominator in everything. I saw an oscar interview the year she won and she was asked about mental illness and her answer was just rambling generic soundbites about how it’s so sad that there’s such a stigma. Like basic soundbites and it was clear that she was never asked such a question before because she didn’t really have an idea about it. It left a bad impression on me. I realize she’s a gifted actress, but she so seldom seems to dive deeper into these issues. Like her talking about body shaming issues which is nice, but the reality is she’s been talking about that SINCE she started. Like for years and she consistently says the same thing about it. I feel like she doesn’t go past the surface on these things, there doesn’t seem to be growth or evolution in her thoughts. I appreciate that she seems very aware of her lack of knowledge though. It bothers me that she does that because I too think she could be so much more.

        Shailene is not afraid of sounding intelligent and being purposeful and eloquent. Yeah she’s young which means some things she says will sound pretentious and ridiculous. But guys seriously? She’ll grow up and learn.

    • Mingy says:

      I agree with you guys, she doesn’t bug me. I’ve only seen her in one movie; ‘the spectacular now’ and I thought she was sweet.

  10. Tapioca says:

    I’m going to do my bit for the environment by not driving to the cinema to watch this film. It sounds like a Hunger Games rip-off so low rent it’s living under a bridge.

  11. Thunderthighs says:

    That first pic, such ashy knees…
    That’s all I’ve got.

  12. freebunny says:

    She sounds insufferable.

  13. Vanessa says:

    I like her. I don’t care that she hugs trees.

  14. dizzylucy says:

    I only know her from the Descendants and she was good in that. I don’t know if I’ll see her new movie, but it is really nice YA movies featuring strong female characters are doing well, especially after the doormat that was Bella from Twilight.
    I wish she’d ease up on her Nature Girl talking points a bit – it’s nice that she’s passionate about something, but wow. Overload.

  15. Tig says:

    She seems very earnest, and once she ages a bit, I think she’ll develope some bit of humor. Of this and Fault in Our Stars, I am more likely to see the latter.

  16. RR says:

    Bedhead: I am kind of judging you for your Prius comment. What is wrong with efficient, non-polluting cars? I mean, do you have something against Tesla (who are fully electric, more stylish and sporty) too?

    I honestly think everyone can do their part to help reduce pollution, waste and environmental destruction.

  17. Huh says:

    Why do I have a feeling that she doesn’t use deodorant?

  18. tifzlan says:

    I love my Prius! It’s the only car i feel comfortable driving.

  19. qwerty says:

    I read this headline somewhere before watching the last episode of True detective and almost LOLed during that “EVERYBODY HAS A PHONE,WHERE’S YOURS?” scene cause I was like “Nope.Shailene Woodley doesn’t…”

  20. mkyarwood says:

    Haha, she’s a bit much. I think it’s ridiculous to call people ‘tree huggers’, however. That’s as dated as the lesbian conversation poor Lorde had to have. Trees are essential to us staying alive, point blank.

    • Baskingshark says:

      Based on many, many, MANY discoveries made mostly in the Southern California area starting around 2007, anthropologists are excited to announce a new classification structure for human sexuality;

      1. Heterosexual
      2. Homosexual
      3. Bisexual
      4. Actress who wants publicity and “falls for the person not the gender”

      ETA: that’s weird, this was supposed to be a new comment, not a reply.

    • Cirque28 says:

      @ mkyarwood: THIS. Thanks to tree huggers, someday our grandkids might be able to learn about old growth forests by actually being in them. Instead of having to go to a museum to learn about the trees our planet used to have.

  21. lunchcoma says:

    She’s harmless enough. I find her slightly annoying, and I’m annoyed that I find her annoying, because I suspect that I’d find the same things more charming if said by a handsome male actor. Maybe she just needs to be in a movie that I really care about, and that’ll flip the switch from irritation to bemused liking.

  22. GeeMoney says:

    I don’t think that this movie is going to be as big as The Hunger Games, and she’s not going to be as big as J-Law. I think on some level that the hype for this movie is a little over the top, and Hollywood is going to be slightly disappointed when it doesn’t make $100 mil at the box office opening weekend.

    With that said, my mom keeps telling me about how awesome she was in The Descendants, so I need to check that out. She may become a star in the future, but I don’t think that she’s going to blow up just yet. J-Law is still reigning supreme right now, and there really isn’t much room for another one like her at this point in time.

    • Baskingshark says:

      Based on the fact that the HG ripoff with Jamie Campbell Bower and that other one with Emma Thompson in the deep south both bombed, I would say you’re correct. Also, there has been a massive backlash against this book series after the way the final book in it ended.

    • Alina says:

      IMO the time for all the franchise-book-movies is over.
      Twilight started the hype and without the Twilight success there wouldn´t be all the other movies like Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures etc.
      Twilight made easy money with all the book fans and so producers thought they can ride the wave, but now it´s kind of boring and interest fades away. Hunger Games was the last one with the right timing, the others were too late. Bad luck

  23. Micha says:

    I honestly don’t understand why she gets such negative feedback. never seen anything with her in it, but I liked her a lot in this interview. she’s young, yes, she’s a starlet, yes, but she seems to know what she’s talking about here.

  24. T.C. says:

    Divergent as a metaphor for life: “That’s part of the reason why I did this movie. ”

    Correction: I want to be big and famous like Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart. That is why I signed up for this best selling YA book series, the best selling ‘The Fault in our stars’ and why I signed up to play Mary Jane in Spider-Man. This girl needs to stop with the bull. I have to give it to her, she’s good about selling herself to casting directors and producers. She tells them exactly what they want to hear.

  25. holly hobby says:

    I don’t know who she is but she reminds me of a woman I work with – right down to the hair. This lady is about 46 so yeah, missy has mom hair.

    Ehh, I don’t care for her. She has a face I want to slap.

  26. nicegirl says:

    Not a popular opinion on this site, but I think she is great for her generation. You Go, Shailene!

    • Mel M says:

      I’m with ya. She really is an oddity for her generation but a good one. If you’ve ever heard that song #selfie by The Chainsmokers that is how I view this generation. My 21 yo cousin and her friends sound identical to the girl talking in the song so it’s nice to hear Shailene talk about caring for something other than herself.

  27. Other Renee says:

    I think she’s just a nice lady who cares about the planet. Good for her.

    About the Prius… HEY! I get 50 mpg on mine and I love it! I do a lot of driving and it’s the best car I’ve ever owned.

  28. Annie says:

    I don’t own a cellphone because I own 3 tablets, a laptop a fax machine and 2 pc’s. Just don’t need one.

  29. Aserat says:

    First time commenter here. I feel the need to defend Shailene because wtf, some of the comments here are pretty nasty, like “She has a face I want to slap.” Or people slamming her cuz she doesn’t own a cellphone. And obviously people getting annoyed with her mother-nature-ness. I don’t know if it’s because the message isn’t as palatable (Be environmentally friendly!) than (I wanna start a family!) or her attitude towards life that’s grating (probably both), but I much rather take all of this (her Shailene-ness) than your run of the mill vapid actress who cares only about her looks/image and nothing else. If nothing else, this girl is reducing her carbon footprint and doing all of our offspring a big favour. So go Shailene, keep doing your thing!

  30. CK says:

    I really want to like her, but her pr is exhausting. If she were to come out as bisexual though, I’d like her more. I know. Very judgmental, but at least it’s interesting. The green warrior, who crafts her own weapons, and is the next J.Law thing is just tiring. If anything, I’m hoping that Divergent does well so we don’t have to sit through another round of press from the next poor actress who needs to do ridiculous PR to carry a YA film. Or maybe, we can let the actor be the exhausting/neurotic one at press time. Maybe I’ll just go on a Shailene hiatus until Divergent is over and they refine her press game for the next movie.

  31. lisa2 says:

    I strongly believe in “saving the planet”. But I know that Mother Nature is a serious Bitch. When she gets tired of us messing things up, she comes back in force. I think we better think about how we are going to save ourselves when she decides it is time for Human kind to go.

    I don’t know much about Shailene.. but she is not saying anything different than every young actress before us. Everyone talks about supporting women and female power. But then it all goes away depending on who the thread is about.

    I raise my hand as guilty too.

  32. Caroline says:

    She’s really authentic and interesting.

  33. Lucy says:

    The hate and snark I’m seeing in most of all these comments is both exhausting and hilarious, really.

  34. Nina W says:

    “So many women feel so much anger towards other women.” I can’t even begin to express how angry this comment made me. I like her, she seems sweet but honestly I’m getting pretty sick of this complaint. People don’t like each other and do a lot of squabbling, get used to it. Why does she have to put it out as a sexist problem? I feel anger towards many people, mostly men TBH, but it irrationally pisses me off when I am accused of irrational anger directed at women. I’m just tired of it, it’s so misogynistic to keep making this claim and yet she’s all about the sisterhood. We’re people, stop placing limitations on us or ascribing certain characteristics to us because of our gender. When I like or dislike someone it is never over what they are hiding in their pants.

  35. Alina says:

    she is talented! She was the best thing in the Descendants-movie.
    In her interviews she comes across as nice, harmless and authentic. No hard overplaying.