Shailene Woodley loves dancing with ‘hairy pits’ & wearing ‘war paint’

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley must have sensed that Cameron Diaz had taken over the TMI interview quota for the month. Cameron even overshadowed Shailene’s essential oils fixation with an antiperspirant rant. Never fear, Shailene is back. She’s promoting The Fault In Our Stars, in which she plays a teenager with cancer.

Shailene covers the May/June issue of Natural Health magazine, which is where she belongs. This was probably her most treasured magazine shoot because the magazine fits her vibe so well. There is no threat of McDonalds for this audience. This interview is typical Shailene. There’s no comment on the elusive sunshine vadge, but “foraging for wild leeks in Maine” comes up. She doesn’t detail how she crafts weapons from nature, but she muses upon “the juxtaposition of the ignorance on the ground against the beauty and freedom in the sky.” This girl never runs out of things to say. Especially when she’s talking about her hair-filled armpits and, um, dancing while wearing “war paint.” Uh-oh:

Why she loves the environment: “There’s one defining moment that I’ll never forget: It was an incredibly windy day and I was walking through the quad of my public high school, which is surrounded by pine trees. There were hundreds of pine needles swirling around in the air, and I looked down and scattered across this huge grassy expanse was all of the trash left over from lunch — plastic bags, soda cans, that kind of thing. And something just clicked when I saw the juxtaposition of the ignorance on the ground against the beauty and freedom in the sky. That’s when I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to this, because there’s something really wrong here.”

Do her friends think she’s odd? “All of them live that lifestyle already, so I’m fortunate. We joke that our conversations sound like a Sh-t Wild People Say video. We were foraging for wild leeks in Maine last year, and one of my friends said, ‘Does anyone want the rest of my rhizome?’ And we all cracked up, thinking that only here and with this group of people would someone ask that question.”

Her herbalism obsession: “When I started researching agriculture in America, I thought, People say meat’s bad for me, but so are vegetables because of pesticides, but I can’t afford organic. Ahhhh! So I decided to research what Native American cultures ate in Southern California, as well as other indigenous cultures from around the world. I found that not only were they hunter-gatherers, they were also healers who relied on the plants around them. I thought that was really profound, so I started learning about all the wild plants in my area, as well as all of the wild medicines that I could gather and create for myself. I was in control of my body, and I could feel what was happening. It was eye-opening.”

Balancing Hollywood & her hippie ways: “I find myself living in two worlds sometimes — being this person who can walk a red carpet in a huge, fancy-ass ball gown, high heels and mountains of makeup, but also being the girl at a hippie festival in the middle of the forest with war paint on my face, dancing around with hairy armpits. I exist so well in both, and I used to feel like I had to choose one or the other. I struggled with that up until doing The Fault in Our Stars. I have one life to live, and it could end any minute, so I’m going to appreciate every single moment. I’m going to own my day before my day owns me. Show up the way you expect others and the world to show up for you, and that’s all there is to it. Life is too fleeting, too unpredictable and too unfair to focus on anything else.”

[From Natural Health]

I can’t knock Shailene for her hairy pits. That’s just her. She IS transforming into a caricature of herself with each interview. Shailene borders on pretention with her turns of phrase, but I think she really thinks like this. Instead of saying, “a field,” Shailene says “huge grassy expanse.” She actually does forage for leeks and berries. It sounds so exhausting.

The “war paint” could be more problematic. She might be kidding (nah). Is Shailene appropriating Native American culture for her own ends? Heidi Klum recently did so, and Vanessa Hudgens was papped dancing in a headdress this year at Coachella. Given Shailene’s obsession with “indigenous people,” is it offensive that she describes wearing “war paint” at hippie gatherings?

War paint. At hippie gatherings.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Photos courtesy of Natural Health & WENN

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  1. ~Z~ says:

    Pretty sure the leeks she forages for are accidents when sunning her vadge….

  2. If anyone’s interested, my friend teaches people how to forage. She also takes groups to Costa Rican rainforests:

    Now that I got that plug in, I just want to say that this chick needs to stop with all this nonsense.

    It’s great that you connect with nature, Shailene, I mean that genuinely but the earth, moon, stars and all of it’s inhabitants kindly ask you to STFU now and forever.

    I just heard a flock of birds chirping “Shailene, nobody cares what you have to say. Please stop speaking on behalf of us and the rest of the planet, you dumbass.”

    A fox just peaked his head out of a den and said “This b*tch again?”

    Please, Shailene, head the advice of all of earth’s creatures and stop talking.

  3. Kiddo says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a film. Is she any good, or does she just yap incessantly like Diaz, for a living?

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I hesitated to read this because I’m not in the best mood. I should have followed my instincts. I just find her pretentious and insufferable.

    “So I decided to research what Native American cultures ate in Southern California, as well as other indigenous cultures from around the world. I found that not only were they hunter-gatherers, they were also healers who relied on the plants around them.”

    Yeah. And their life expectancy was 32.

  5. Lisa says:

    *Shit White People Say

    Fixed that for ya.

  6. fanty says:

    They’re trying so hard to sell us this Shailene girl, and she’s probably an adorable girl for christ sake, but she’s basic b!tch material when it comes to Hollywood. Meh

  7. Karen says:

    I’m a fan of hers, she seems like a sweet girl, and no – let’s not bring cultural appropriation into everything. Not offensive.

  8. Shiksa Goddess says:

    What the eff is she doing in that last picture? She’s been around for about 5 minutes and I already wish she would go away.

  9. tyler says:

    “People say meat’s bad for me, but so are vegetables because of pesticides, but I can’t afford organic. Ahhhh!”
    ….she can’t afford organic? um…

  10. idk says:

    I do think what she said about natural herbs is correct. We have all the cures right there in front of us, in nature. You’d be surprised what some natural herbs can do for you. Fennel seed is great for colds. Also, raw organic apple cider vinegar shortens the length of a cold and helps with sinus headaches. This is what I have noticed. It works for me, may or may not work for you. Just a note, those who take prescription pills should be aware that herbs can interact with medications.

  11. OTHER RENEE says:

    I’m willing to cut her some slack for the oddball comments because 1) she’s adorable and 2) it’s an INTERVIEW. Peeps ask questions and she answers them. She’s not trying to be all Birkenstalky; that’s just who she is. And I do believe she cares about this planet more than most people do.

  12. aenflex says:

    Holy shit. Stop. Do people not tire of incessantly blabbing on and on about themselves? Be who you are. When you broadcast it, you lose it.


  13. Sayrah says:

    This girl is so strange. I don’t get her appeal at all

  14. ek says:

    Firstly i do think she’s a good actress and a lot of people seem to really like her George C, Judy Greer, Alexander Payne, James Ponsoldt, Ellen Page, Emma S. and Andrew, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain so i’d say she is a lovely person but she talks out of her ass incessantly. I’d be suspect to whether all these exhaustive sounding health stuff she goes on about have any real benefits in the long term, like the way she condescendingly goes on and lectures i’d want a medical degree shown to me from her before i hear anymore of her advice.
    The biggest issue i have with her is the high opinion she has of herself as a true artist. She seems to hate commercialism and being strategic in picking roles when blatantly she’s a participant doing that crap divergent and the films to follow (splitting up a piss poor book into two films to capitalize and make MONEY) involvement with spiderman 2 why bother be in 3 scenes with no character development or real purpose without the acceptable excuse of being strategic and it aiding you to green light passion projects . No she’s such an artiste and individual she would never succumb to the man…..
    True individuals i would consider would be Mia Wasikowska, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, felicity Jones … actresses who shut up and do the work and make choices that are unique and interesting and not Shailene who’s word and action don’t reflect one another. ugh.

  15. LilyT says:

    Haha! I have to admit, I like this girl. I’m a bit of a wannabe hippie. I’ve never been able to get down with the pit hair though, but if I did I’d dye it hot pink.

  16. Dimebox says:

    Well bless her water gathering, leek foraging, mud eating, heart. I assume that we’ll next hear how she is shearing sheep (or gathering hair from her cat) and spinning her own thread under a full moon so that she feels a deeper connection to her clothes. Her herbal infused pretentiousness knows no bounds.

  17. Reece says:

    I still like her. She hasn’t gotten on my last nerve, yet.
    Besides it’s an interview in a natural herbal-y type magazine. What is she supposed to talk about?

  18. Kim says:

    I just can’t with this girl. She acts like she’s bestowing basic knowledge about how nature works upon the world. I mean, she had to actively research to seek out the knowledge that some Native American cultures were hunter gatherers? Isn’t that something you learn in, like, 3rd grade?

    She should write a book based on her extensive research. I even thought of a title for her: “I Started Researching Indigenous Culture and All I Got Was A Stereotype.”

  19. Damaris says:

    No one here can talk me out of loving Shailene. I’m completely smitten. She’s too cute.

  20. Lark says:

    I like Granola Goop, but dear god she can be a bit much at times.

  21. Barristerette says:

    She’s so that b**** that uses her hippie foraging “I’m so enlightened” crap as a status badge. I can’t even click on articles about her anymore. She just makes me ill. Go back to your cave and spare us all.

  22. JaneS says:

    Yawn. She still going with this shtick?

    She’s so damned relatable you guys!

  23. ataylor says:

    This chick is trying WAY too hard…

  24. Angie says:

    I am actually laughing at the author for criticizing Shailene for being articulate. It reminds me of Idiocracy. So she used nice descriptors. Does she ‘talk like a f*g?’ It has become cool to be standard. She is refreshing.

    • Bitca says:

      Yes! Also, based on her speech patterns, it sounds like she must do a lot of reading while sunning the vadge. If you chat with someone like that about a topic for which they have a special passion, there’s a good chance it will release their mental “Pause” button that normally keeps the poetic verbiage at bay. But she doesn’t seem contrived; just young & unfiltered–& still pleasantly un-Hollywoodized. That shot from the MTV event is heinous, though.

    • Isadora says:

      I don’t know her at all (also never heard of “Detergent” *lol* before I came to this site), so I have no idea if she is that way… but I myself am definitely guilty of using elaborate and quite ironic over the top expressions for simple things. I never realised that people might find that utterly pretentious even if it’s said with an implied wink.

      As to Shailene: At least she seems to be herself. *shrugs*

  25. Amy says:

    I don’t mind her too much, she is rather harmless. I finally saw Divergent tonight (also read all the books) and I’m not sure I’m convinced she’s some Next Big Thing because I didn’t think she was all that great (but that may be because I’m not a fan of Tris in the books either).

    I also use some “big words” turns of phrase too quite often… I read a heck of a lot and I can’t help that I have acquired a huge vocabulary! “Grassy expanse” does not necessarily refer to a field, does it? It could be a clearing, a large backyard, grass on a wide hill, or a lawn in a public park. Sure, she’s a hippie and talks a lot about being green and natural and what have you. But as you pointed out, she’s also on the cover of a health magazine this time around so… what was she supposed to talk about here? Her favorite brand of shoes?