Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley March 18, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Woodley at the Los Angeles premiere of Divergent in March 2014
BornShailene Diann Woodley
(1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 22)
Simi Valley, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1999–present
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Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley March 18, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Woodley at the Los Angeles premiere of Divergent in March 2014
BornShailene Diann Woodley
(1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 22)
Simi Valley, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1999–present

Shailene Diann Woodley (born November 15, 1991)[1] is an American actress. She portrayed Amy Juergens in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2013) and co-starred alongside George Clooney in the 2011 film The Descendants. She played Felicity Merriman in the 2005 film Felicity: An American Girl Adventure. In 2014, Woodley starred in three films: as Kat Conner in White Bird in a Blizzard, Beatrice "Tris" Prior in the adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel Divergent, and as Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars, based on the novel of the same name by John Green.[2]

For her performance in The Descendants, she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture. In the film The Spectacular Now, she won the Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Early life[edit]

Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California.[1] Her mother, Lori (née Victor),[1] is a middle school counselor, and her father, Lonnie Woodley, is a school principal.[3] She has a younger brother, Tanner.[4] She began her career through commercial modeling, at the age of four. When she was 15 and a freshman, her parents divorced and she was also diagnosed with scoliosis.[5] She was put in a chest-to-hips plastic brace to straighten her spine.[6] 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.[7] She attended Simi Valley High School.[8]


In 2002, Woodley appeared in small television roles on Without a Trace and The District. In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special for her role in A Place Called Home as California Ford.[9] She also originally played Kaitlin Cooper in The O.C.[5] 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.[10] 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, a murder victim's younger Amish sister, who originally brings 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.

Woodley attending the 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Baume & Mercier Party in October 2011

In 2011, Woodley made her feature film debut in The Descendants, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture,[11] and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. In the film, she starred alongside George Clooney as his troubled daughter, Alexandra King.[12]

People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.[13] Woodley was also considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's "Young Hollywood Issue".[12]

Woodley starred in the film adaptation of Tim Tharp's novel, The Spectacular Now for which she won the Special Jury Award for Acting alongside with Miles Teller at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and received a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She played a social outcast trying to plan for the future while falling for a boy who lives in the moment. Production of the film occurred in the summer of 2012 and it premiered at Sundance in January 2013.[14][15] She has also 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 Amazing Spider-Man 2.[17] On June 19, 2013, it was announced that she 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 starring role, Hazel Grace Lancaster, in the film adaptation of John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars. Green added via Twitter 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."[2] The film, directed by Josh Boone, was released on June 6, 2014.

Woodley starred as Tris Prior in the movie Divergent, an adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult novel of the same name. The movie was released on March 21, 2014.[19] Woodley will reprise her role as Tris in the sequel of Divergent, titled The Divergent Series: Insurgent which began filming on May 27, 2014 and has a release date of March 20, 2015. She will reprise her role again in the two-part finale of the franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1 and Part 2, with Part 1 to be released on March 18, 2016 and Part 2 on March 24, 2017.[20][21]



1999Replacing DadLittle GirlTV movie
2004Place Called Home, AA Place Called HomeCalifornia "Cali" FordTV movie
2005Felicity: An American Girl AdventureFelicity MerrimanTV movie
2005Once Upon a MattressMollyTV movie
2007MoolaAshley Hedges
2007Final ApproachMaya BenderTV movie
2011The DescendantsAlexandra "Alex" King
2013The Spectacular NowAimee Finecky
2014DivergentBeatrice "Tris" Prior
2014White Bird in a BlizzardKat Conner
2014The Fault in Our StarsHazel Grace Lancaster
2014The Amazing Spider-Man 2Mary Jane WatsonDeleted scenes
2015The Divergent Series: InsurgentBeatrice "Tris" PriorFilming


2001–2003District, TheThe DistrictKristin Debreno3 episodes
2001–2004Crossing JordanYoung Jordan Cavanaugh4 episodes
2003Without a TraceYoung Clare MetcalfEpisode: "Clare de Lune"
2003–2004O.C., TheThe O.C.Young Kaitlin Cooper6 episodes
2004Everybody Loves RaymondSnotty Girl #2Episode: "Party Dress"
2004–2005Jack & BobbyChloe Benedict2 episodes
2006My Name Is EarlYoung GwenEpisode: "BB"
2007CSI: NYEvie PierpontEpisode: "A Daze of Wine and Roaches"
2007Close to HomeGaby TursiEpisode: "Getting In"
2007Cold CaseSarah GundenEpisode: "Running Around"
2008–2013Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American TeenagerAmy Juergens121 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Shailene Diann Woodley, Born 11/15/1991". California Birth Index. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Sara Vilkomerson (March 19, 2013). "Shailene Woodley offered lead role for 'The Fault in Our Stars'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shailene Woodley of Simi Valley stars with George Clooney in 'The Descendants' » Ventura County Star Mobile". M. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ Biography Today. Detroit, Michigan: Omnigraphics. 2009. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7808-1052-5. 
  5. ^ a b Danielle Zimmerman (21 March 2014). "Fifteen fun facts about Shailene Woodley and Theo James". Hypable. 
  6. ^ "Biography Today", pp.161–162
  7. ^ Stone, Emma (July 2013). "Shailene Woodley - Page - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "26th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Anthony Meindl Actor's Workshop - Los Angeles Actors Testimonials". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  11. ^ "Golden Globes 2012: The Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. 15 January 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Sarah Wexler (16 November 2011). "Shailene Woodley on The Descendants, Crying Underwater, and George Clooney’s Fart Machine". Vulture. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Karen J. Quan (April 20, 2012). "2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age – Shailene Woodley". People. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Shailene Woodley Living In ‘The Spectacular Now’ With ‘Smashed’ Director James Ponsoldt". 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 (magazine). Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  17. ^ "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Has Minor Role For Mary Jane". 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. ^ Kit, Boyrs (October 18, 2012). "Shailene Woodley Closing in on Deal to Star in 'Divergent'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  20. ^ "'Allegiant' movie release date set for March 2016". Hypable. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  21. ^ Dave McNary (11 April 2014). "Lionsgate Splitting Third ‘Divergent’ Book ‘Allegiant’ into Two Films". Variety. 

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