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
Born Shailene Diann Woodley
(1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 22)
Simi Valley, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–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. In 2014, Woodley starred as Beatrice Prior in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel Divergent, and will play Hazel Grace Lancaster in the 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] 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. 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]


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.

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

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 played 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. 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 Amazing Spider-Man 2.[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 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."[19] The film, directed by Josh Boone, will be released on June 6, 2014.

Woodley starred as Tris Prior in the movie Divergent, an adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel. The movie was released on March 21, 2014.[20] Woodley will reprise her role as Tris in the sequel of Divergent, with Insurgent scheduled to start filming in May 2014 and a release date of March 20, 2015. She will reprise her role again in the two-part finale of the franchise, Allegiant — Part 1 and Part 2, with Part 1 to be released on March 18, 2016 and Part 2 on March 24, 2017.[21][22][23]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Moola Ashley Hedges
2011 The Descendants Alexandra "Alex" King
2013 The Spectacular Now Aimee Finecky
2014 White Bird in a Blizzard Kat Connor
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Mary Jane Watson Deleted scenes
2014 Divergent Beatrice "Tris" Prior
2014 The Fault in Our Stars Hazel Grace Lancaster


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Replacing Dad Little Girl TV film
2001–03 District, TheThe District Kristin Debreno Recurring role; 3 episodes
2001–04 Crossing Jordan Young Jordan Cavanaugh Recurring role; 4 episodes
2003 Without a Trace Young Clare Metcalf Episode: "Clare de Lune"
2003–04 O.C., TheThe O.C. Kaitlin Cooper Recurring role; 6 episodes
2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Snotty Girl #2 Episode: "Party Dress"
2004 Place Called Home, AA Place Called Home California "Cali" Ford TV film
2004–05 Jack & Bobby Chloe Benedict Recurring role; 2 episodes
2005 Felicity: An American Girl Adventure Felicity Merriman TV film
2005 Once Upon a Mattress Molly TV film
2006 My Name Is Earl Young Gwen Episode: "BB"
2007 CSI: NY Evie Pierpont Episode: "A Daze of Wine and Roaches"
2007 Close to Home Gaby Tursi Episode: "Getting In"
2007 Final Approach Maya Bender TV film
2007 Cold Case Sarah Gunden Episode: "Running Around"
2008–13 Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager Amy Juergens Lead role; 121 episodes

Awards and nominations[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. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Shailene Woodley Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies. 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. ^ "Anthony Meindl Actor's Workshop - Los Angeles Actors Testimonials". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  10. ^ Golden Globes: The Descendants nominee Shailene Woodly feels every emotion rolled up into one; 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". 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". 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'". 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. 
  21. ^ Matthew Jacobs (2014-03-22). "'Insurgent' Has Officially Been Given The Green Light For 2015, Not That You Had Any Doubts". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  22. ^ "'Allegiant' movie release date set for March 2016". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
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