Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley
BornShailene Diann Woodley
(1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 22)
Simi Valley, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
 
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Shailene Woodley
BornShailene Diann Woodley
(1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 22)
Simi Valley, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present

Shailene Diann Woodley (born November 15, 1991) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Amy Juergens in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2013) and for co-starring alongside George Clooney in the critically acclaimed 2011 film The Descendants, for which she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture. For her performance in the film The Spectacular Now, she won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Woodley will be starring as Beatrice Prior in the upcoming film adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent in 2014. She has also been cast as Hazel Grace Lancaster in the upcoming film adaptation of John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars.[1]

Early life[edit]

Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California. Her mother, Lori (née Victor), is a middle school counselor, and her father, Lonnie Woodley, is a school principal.[2][3] She has a younger brother, Tanner.[4] When she was 15 and a freshman, her parents divorced and she was also diagnosed with scoliosis. She was put in a chest-to-hips plastic brace to straighten her spine.[5] Before landing the role of Amy Juergens in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Woodley thought of studying interior design at New York University after high school.[6] She attended Simi Valley High School.[7]

Acting career[edit]

In 2002, she appeared in small television roles on Without a Trace and The District. In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award (YAA) in the Category: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special—Leading Young Actress for her role in A Place Called Home as California Ford.[8] She also originally played Kaitlin Cooper in The O.C. She appeared as Felicity Merriman in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, for which she received a Young Artists award nomination in the Category: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama). This is one of two TV specials that Woodley appeared in with John Schneider. She did some acting classes with Anthony Meindl.[9] She appeared on Crossing Jordan as a young Jordan, as well as other television series including Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name is Earl, CSI: NY, and Close to Home. In 2007, Woodley appeared in Cold Case as Sarah Gunden, the murder victim's younger Amish sister, who originally brought the case to the investigators' attention. Woodley starred in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Amy Juergens, a 15 year old who discovers she is pregnant. The show explores the effects of her pregnancy on her family, friends and herself as well as life at Ulysses S. Grant High School in California.

In 2011 Woodley made her feature film debut in a breakout performance in The Descendants, for which she received critical acclaim and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and more than a dozen other awards.[10] She also won the Independent Spirit Award. In this film, she starred alongside George Clooney as Alexandra King, the troubled daughter of Clooney's character.[11] People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.[12] Woodley was also considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's "Young Hollywood Issue".[13]

Woodley starred in the film adaptation of Tim Tharp's novel, The Spectacular Now. She plays a social outcast girl trying to plan for the future who meets a boy who is a senior in high school who likes to party and live in the moment. He begins to date her as a project and realizes he has the power to permanently impact her life. Production of the film occurred in the summer of 2012 and it premiered at Sundance in January 2013.[14][15] She has also recently signed on to star in White Bird, an independent film about a troubled young woman whose life is upended following the mysterious disappearance of her mother, directed by Gregg Araki.[16] In October 2012, it was announced that Woodley was offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming sequel to the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man.[17] On June 19, 2013 it was announced that Mary Jane was cut from the film. Director Marc Webb told The Hollywood Reporter that the cut was "a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship," and that everyone loved working with Woodley.[18] On March 19, 2013, it was announced that Woodley had accepted the role starring as Hazel Grace Lancaster in the film adaptation of John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars. Green added about Woodley; "There were so many amazing auditions for the role of Hazel, but Shailene's love for the book and her understanding of Hazel blew me away." via Twitter.[19]

Woodley is set to star as Tris Prior in the upcoming movie Divergent, which is an adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel. The movie is releasing in March 2014.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Not Another Teen MovieYoung Janey BriggsDeleted Scene; Uncredited
2011The DescendantsAlexandra "Alex" KingFilm Debut
2013The Spectacular NowAimee Finecky
2014White Bird in a BlizzardKatPost-production
2014DivergentBeatrice "Tris" PriorPost-production
2014The Fault in Our StarsHazel Grace LancasterPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Replacing DadLittle GirlTV film
2001–2003District, TheThe DistrictKristin DebrenoRecurring role; 3 episodes
2001–2004Crossing JordanYoung Jordan CavanaughRecurring role; 4 episodes
2003Without a TraceYoung Clare MetcalfEpisode: "Clare de Lune"
2003–2004O.C., TheThe O.C.Kaitlin CooperRecurring role; 6 episodes
2004Everybody Loves RaymondSnotty Girl #2Episode: "Party Dress"
2004Place Called Home, AA Place Called HomeCalifornia "Cali" FordTV film
2004–2005Jack & BobbyChloe BenedictRecurring role; 2 episodes
2005Felicity: An American Girl AdventureFelicity MerrimanTV film
2005Once Upon a MattressMollyTV film
2006My Name Is EarlYoung GwenEpisode: "BB"
2006CSI: NYEvie PierpontEpisode: "A Daze of Wine and Roaches"
2007Close to HomeGaby TursiEpisode: "Getting In"
2007Final ApproachMaya BenderTV film
2007Cold CaseSarah GundenEpisode: "Running Around"
2008–2013Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American TeenagerAmy JuergensLead role; 121 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryNominated Work
2005NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special: Leading ActressA Place Called Home
2006NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special: Leading ActressFelicity: An American Girl Adventure
2009NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance (Comedy or Drama): Leading ActressThe Secret Life of the American Teenager
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Drama
2010WonGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama SeriesThe Secret Life of the American Teenager
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Drama
NominatedChoice Summer TV Star: Female
2011NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: DramaThe Secret Life of the American Teenager
WonHollywood Film FestivalSpotlight AwardThe Descendants
WonHamptons International Film FestivalBreakthrough Performer
NominatedGotham AwardsBreakthrough Actor
NominatedBest Ensemble Performance
WonNational Board of ReviewBest Supporting Actress
NominatedWashington DC Area Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actress
WonHouston Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting Actress
WonSan Diego Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting Actress
NominatedDetroit Film Critics SocietyBreakthrough Performance
NominatedToronto Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actress
WonDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actress
NominatedChicago Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actress
NominatedMost Promising Performer
NominatedSoutheastern Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actress
NominatedBest Ensemble
NominatedSt. Louis Film CriticsBest Supporting Actress
WonFlorida Film Critics CircleBest Supporting Actress
WonWomen Film Critics CircleBest Young Actress
NominatedPhoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Actress in a Supporting Role
NominatedBreakthrough Performance on Camera
2012NominatedOnline Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressThe Descendants
WonCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actress
NominatedBreakthrough Film Artist (for acting)
NominatedBest Ensemble
NominatedNational Society of Film CriticsBest Supporting Actress
NominatedVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting Actress
WonDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting Actress
NominatedBest Breakout Star
WonBest Ensemble
NominatedAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Breakthrough Performance
NominatedBest Ensemble Cast
NominatedBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting Actress
NominatedBest Young Actor/Actress
NominatedBest Acting Ensemble
NominatedGolden GlobesBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
NominatedIowa Film CriticsBest Supporting Actress
NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
WonIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting Female
NominatedChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting Actress
WonCannes Film FestivalTrophée Chopard
WonMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Performance
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Summer TV Star: FemaleThe Secret Life of the American Teenager
2013WonSundance Film FestivalU.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting (shared with Miles Teller)The Spectacular Now
NominatedGotham AwardsBest Actress
WonSan Diego Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting Actress
NominatedAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Breakthrough Performance
2014PendingIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadThe Spectacular Now

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sara Vilkomerson (March 19, 2013). "Shailene Woodley offered lead role for 'The Fault in Our Stars'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shailene Woodley of Simi Valley stars with George Clooney in 'The Descendants' » Ventura County Star Mobile". M. vcstar.com. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Shailene Woodley Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies. yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ Biography Today. Detroit, Michigan: Omnigraphics. 2009. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7808-1052-5. 
  5. ^ "Biography Today", pp.161–162
  6. ^ Stone, Emma (July 2013). "Shailene Woodley - Page - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Strauss, Bob (July 29, 2013). "Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller experience the coming of age without stereotypes in 'The Spectacular Now'". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ A Place Called Home (2004) (TV) – Awards
  9. ^ http://anthonymeindl.com/t_actor.htm
  10. ^ Golden Globes: The Descendants nominee Shailene Woodly feels every emotion rolled up into one; hitfix.com Awards Campaign blog, retrieved January 7, 2011
  11. ^ Shailene Woodley filmography on IMDB
  12. ^ Karen J. Quan (April 20, 2012). "2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age – Shailene Woodley". People. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Biography for Shailene Woodley". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Shailene Woodley Living In ‘The Spectacular Now’ With ‘Smashed’ Director James Ponsoldt". Thefilmstage.com. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  15. ^ McCarthy, Todd. "The Spectacular Now: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2012-06-28). "Woodley flies to 'White Bird' – Entertainment News, Top News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  17. ^ "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Has Minor Role For Mary Jane". CinemaBlend.com. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  18. ^ "Shailene Woodley Cut From 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  19. ^ "Shailene Woodley offered lead role for 'The Fault in Our Stars'". ew.com. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  20. ^ Kit, Boyrs (October 18, 2012). "Shailene Woodley Closing in on Deal to Star in 'Divergent'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 

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