Starring Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent films) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games films), ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. ADRIFT is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.
But after a hurricane crippled their yacht, which the couple were delivering from Tahiti to San Diego, the trip turned into a survival tale, as depicted in Adrift (in theaters June 1). USA TODAY reveals exclusive first photos from the movie.
In Adrift, with Sharp injured in the storm, Oldham sails for 41 days to reach safety.
“The idea of portraying the life of a woman whose mere inner strength and sheer willpower carried her through one of the most treacherous situations one could face as a human being was so extremely moving to me,” says Woodley, who learned to sail for the sea story.
Oldham wrote about the ordeal in her 1998 book, Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea. The New Zealand-based Adrift crew spent more than five weeks shooting on the open sea.
“Every single stunt you see in the film where Sam or I are in the ocean is really us in the deep sea,” says Woodley. “Honestly, it was the most fun I’ve ever had filming.”
Director Baltasar Kormákur, who has helmed adventure stories such as 2015’s Everest, says the romantic tale takes a big turn when it becomes an Oldham-led survival epic.
“First of all, we don’t have many survival stories where the survivor is a young woman or a woman at all,” says Kormákur. “How the story intertwines the love between Richard and Tami and the survival tale is compelling. And it asks us the question, ‘What is it that makes us survivors?’ ”
Woodley, set to return for the second season of award-winning Big Little Lies, says she was inspired meeting the real Oldham.
“I learned that in spite of any adversity or trauma Tami has faced in her life, she has chosen to embrace the gift of simply living — the gift of being alive,” Woodley says.
Hello Shailene fans! I’m Emily, the original founder of Shailene Woodley Network. I have now taken back the site. I want to thank Jess for taking good care of the site and allowing me to continue providing you all the latest on Shailene. The site is now accessible through shailenewoodley.net as well as the current domain. I have a lot of work to do behind on the scenes on the site as well as replacing older photos with high quality over the next months.
Our favorite girl attended the Salvatore Ferragamo show and intimate dinner on Saturday (February 24) as part of Milan Fashion Week.
Public Appearances > 2018 > Feb 24 | Milan Fashion Week – Salvatore Ferragamo Intimate Dinner – Fall Winter 2018
DEADLINE – Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz have closed their deals to return for the second installment of HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies, all three reprising their roles from Season 1. They’ll be reuniting with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who were previously confirmed to return, along with new cast member Meryl Streep.
Woodley plays Jane Chapman: While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy. Dern is Renata Klein: The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage. Kravitz plays Bonnie Carlson: Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past
Kidman is Celeste Wright: Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was. Witherspoon plays Madeline Martha Mackenzie: Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family. Streep is Mary Louise Wright: Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers.
Per HBO, the subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.
David E. Kelley will write all seven scripts based on a story by Liane Moriarty, and executive produce; along with executive producers Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine, Bruna Papandrea, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg and Andrea Arnold, who will also direct all seven episodes. Moriarty produces.
The long rumored second installment was officially greenlighted in December with a seven-episode order, matching the length of the first season.
The drumbeat for a second season of Big Little Lies had been growing since the first installment of the adaptation of Moriarty’s novel cleaned up at the Emmys, winning eight in all including Best Limited Series (Witherspoon earned a statuette as an executive producer) and Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for star/exec producer Nicole Kidman. It has since picked up a slew of additional honors, including Golden Globes, AFI Awards, DGA Award for Vallée, a PGA award and SAG wins for Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard, among others.
Shailene attended the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards and the InStyle and HBO after parties at The Beverly Hilton Hotel (January 7). Congratulations for the Big Little Lies cast and crew for receiving awards! Including the “Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” award. Thanks to Sara for some of the photos!
Public Appearances > 2018 > Jan 07 | 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Show
Public Appearances > 2018 > Jan 07 | 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Press Room
Public Appearances > 2018 > Jan 07 | Warner Bros. and InStyle’s Post-Golden Globes Party
Public Appearances > 2018 > Jan 07 | HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced today! Shailene has been nominated for her work in Big Little Lies for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Big Little Lies was nominated for the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and some of Shailene’s co-stars were also nominated for awards. Congratulations to the whole cast and crew! The Golden Globes will air on January 7, 2018 on NBC.
EW – Welcome to awards season: Monday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for this year’s 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, an event that annually honors the best in television and film.
In the television categories, HBO’s Big Little Lies, which was just renewed for a season 2, dominated with six nominations. FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan followed with four, with This Is Us, Fargo, and The Handmaid’s Tale tying for third place with three nods each. In terms of network, HBO nabbed 12 nominations total, while Netflix followed with nine and FX with eight.
The Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
I’ve added photos of Shailene attending the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel (November 5). Shailene presented Kate Winslet with the Actress Award. Thanks to Sara!
Public Appearances > 2017 > Nov 05 | 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards – Show
Public Appearances > 2017 > Nov 05 | 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards – Press Room
I’ve added some photos of Shailene attending the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California (September 17). Shailene wore a Ralph Lauren dress.
Congratulations to the Big Little Lies cast and crew for the awards they received!
Outstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies
View the complete winners list
THE NEW YORK TIMES – Once again, the women of “Big Little Lies” will be pitted against one another, this time at the Emmy Awards. But please don’t call it a rivalry, said Shailene Woodley, who was nominated for supporting actress in a limited series alongside Laura Dern. (Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are up for lead actress.)
“We all played very different roles, had very different story lines, and there is no competition,” she said in a phone call from Fiji, where she is filming the survival movie “Adrift.” “A win for any of us is a win for all of us.”
In the HBO series, Ms. Woodley plays Jane, a single mother who, after enrolling her son, Ziggy, in a progressive elementary school in idyllic Monterey, Calif., finds herself an outcast among certain parents by virtue of her economic standing — chief among them, Ms. Dern’s character, Renata, a C.E.O. and power mom who seems to have it all.
To have Ms. Dern, who played her mother in “The Fault in Our Stars,” hiss and snarl as her nemesis added hilarity to the proceedings. “We had become quite close, and when I received the script she called me and said, ‘If you don’t do this show, we’re going to have a problem,’” Ms. Woodley recalled. “It’s so much fun to pretend to be angry at someone that you love and adore.” These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
Tell us about your character Jane.
When we meet her in “Big Little Lies,” we meet a girl who’s trying to live in an adult world, who’s coping with the extreme suppression of anger and sadness while also trying to deliver a life full of possibility and positivity and wonder to her young child. And I think that’s why she was able to bond with so many of the women from Monterey, because although they didn’t have similar personalities, Jane saw that they, too, were coping with some sort of deep grief despite the facade of white fences.
Those women were played by real powerhouses. What was that like?
It was wonderful. Reese, Nicole and Laura would discuss with Zoë [Kravitz] and me how times have changed since they were teenage actors, and reflect on the progress that has been made in Hollywood. I still think there’s a long way to go when it comes to depicting females in films. But being on a set where we had the camaraderie and compassion and support of so many women — and not just the actors, but our crew and producers — was an unparalleled experience.
You’ve spoken about the need for empathy toward the show’s male characters, even the abusive husband played by Alexander Skarsgard.
A bully generally is not bullying just to bully. They’re bullying out of pain and internal conflict and brokenness. Obviously there is no complacency on my end for any act of violence. But it’s worth looking at why we have so many rapes and acts of sexual violence. Many young men and women feel out of control or that they don’t have support for the traumas they’re experiencing, and I think paying attention to that and providing support would create a world where we have less acts of violence.
Female friendships are important to you. And yet in the past you’ve said that you’re not a feminist.
I would today consider myself a feminist. If females start working through the false narrative of jealousy and insecurity fed through a patriarchal society, then not only will we have more women feeling confident in themselves and supportive of one another, but we will start introducing a type of matriarchy, which is what this world needs. We need more softness and more silence and more pause through the chaos.
You’re an environmental activist. Have you considered running for political office?
There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, “Huh, maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple years.” And you know what? I’m not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.
Do you have a favorite Emmy nominee this year?
I’m rooting for “Feud,” and I’m all on the Susan Sarandon train, just because she’s brilliant and brought so much to that show.
The nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning! Congratulations to Shailene for her “Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie” nomination, and congratulations to the cast and crew of Big Little Lies for their nominations! View the complete nominations list here.
Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)