Turns out Shailene Woodley is full of surprises. First I was shocked to discover that she’s a good actress, despite her presence on the, ahem, not-so-great Secret Life of the American Teenager. Now I’m finding out more and more about her personality, and I have to say I’m kind of digging it in a way I wouldn’t have expected. 21-year-old Shailene was interviewed by fellow Spider-Man actress (or not) Emma Stone for Interview Magazine‘s August issue. In what’s described as a phone call “one late spring night,” Emma got some pretty interesting quotes out of Shailene that prove her to be kinda of kooky. I’d describe her as a modern-day hippie, which wasn’t something I was really aware of, as someone who’s only followed Shailene’s career choices and not her personal ones. She’s the kind of girl who wears those Vibram FiveFinger shoes on the red carpet, and then says she’s getting Emma a pair.
The whole interview is alternately entertaining and interesting, but take a gander below to see the five quotes that stood out to me most. She might be a little alternative, but I’m into it. She’s got some inspiring things to say about being a young woman in Hollywood, and she sounds like the kind of Phoebe Buffay-type girl who’d be fun to hang out with … but maybe not live with.
Take, for example, her morning ritual, which sounds fun for her but probably not for anyone living nearby.
The second I wake up, I scream very loudly [sings to the tune of "Good Morning" from Singin' in the Rain], “Good morning! Good morning!” And then I scream out, “Exciting day! Exciting day!” I feel like it completely sets the mood for the whole day.
She also has to take some precautions when she lives in the city for a movie role.
Right now I’m filming in Chicago, and I’m in an apartment building 35 stories up in the air, and I’ve never lived in a city where I have to be careful about walking around my house naked because the business office next door will be able to see me at 7 a.m.
Oh, and she’s also very into health and environmentalism. She tells Emma about the concept of re-wilding.
If you’re in the city, then you can’t go back to hunter-and-gatherer times, so you have to adapt to the lifestyle that’s out there. Herbalism is part of that, and knowing how to heal our bodies naturally and knowing about organic farming. It’s so important and essential to the Earth, to Gaia.
Shailene also supports going makeup-free on the red carpet at times, and she explains it in a non-annoying way.
It’s important because I saw somebody—what I thought was me—in a magazine once, and I had big red lips that definitely did not belong on my face. I had boobs about three times the size they are in real life …. It was not a proper representation of who I am …. I do think it’s fun sometimes to dress up for the Oscars or for certain events …. But for some events where it’s a more casual vibe, I just want to be me.
And finally, perhaps my favorite exchange involves Emma and Shailene talking about the fact that when they work with an in-demand male actor (in this case George Clooney), they get countless questions about him, but not so much when they work with a great female actor. Emma brings it up, and Shailene concurs.
In every single interview. I don’t mind talking about him, though, because he’s one of my favorite human beings on the planet. But it’s true that very few people have asked me what it’s like to work with Judy Greer or Ann-Margret or Molly Ringwald. It’s always the leading male.
I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of excited to hear more from this girl as she stars in practically every YA adaptation imaginable in the coming months/years. And Emma Stone seems to think she’s cool, so that says something.
(Photo: Patrick Demarchelier, Interview Magazine)