Shailene Woodley Talks Action Movies, Originally Turning Down ‘Divergent’ & More in “Teen Vogue”


shailenewoodley-teenvogue-031214Did you know that Shailene Woodley originally turned down the role of Tris in the upcoming movie Divergent? She dished all about it for her cover story in Teen Vogue.

Shailene looks beautiful in the photoshoot for the issue where she explained, “I said no, and everybody was shocked.” She then ended up getting some advice from Jennifer Lawrence. “I asked Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Are you happy with your choice to take on The Hunger Games?’ And she said she wouldn’t change it for the world. She told me, ‘There are some things—don’t make a sex tape, don’t do drugs, don’t do things in public—that you wouldn’t want other people judging you for. But this is the best decision you’ll ever make.'”

Shailene is also more known for doing drama than action and she talked about the big switch. “Doing an action movie is completely different from one based in reality. It’s much harder to act with a green screen than with another human being. There are so many special effects in this film, so it was really amazing to see how they turned out.”

The 22-year-old is best known for her TV work on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and became a household name when she won acclaim in The Descendants opposite George Clooney. Instead of booking a ton of projects off that fame, Shailene decided to take things slow. “After The Descendants, everybody was like, ‘You’ve got to ride the wave!,” she said. “And I was like, ‘You ride the wave and it eventually crashes on the shore. That doesn’t work out! I’m going to just sit here and paddleboard. I didn’t do a movie for two years because I didn’t read anything that was inspiring to me.”

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Shailene is definitely busy now and has starred in many movies that have a common theme – love. “That’s crazy! I never thought about that,” Shailene admits. “I haven’t had time to think about a relationship! I literally have not had a boyfriend in almost five years. I’ve never even hooked up with anybody I’ve worked on a movie with.” But what about after a movie wrapped? She laughs. “Well, that might have happened on something….”

For more, be sure to pick up the April issue on newsstands March 25.