Author Archives: Jess

Sep182017

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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

Aug212017

Shailene on Her Emmy Nomination and Feminist Evolution

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.

Jul142017

2017 Emmys Nominations

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)

Feb082017

Shailene is Passing on the “Divergent” TV Movie

Shailene Woodley is Officially Passing on the Divergent TV Movie

The star’s participation has been an open question since word broke that the dystopian series was moving to the small screen.

VANITY FAIR – Shailene Woodley is officially done with the Divergent films. When asked Tuesday if she would star in the final installment of the young-adult science-fiction franchise, she gave a short and concise answer.

“No,” the Oscar-nominated actress told Vanity Fair at the premiere of her new HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies, at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater. “I’m not going to be on the television show.”

Ascendant, the fourth chapter and final movie based on the best-selling novels by Veronica Roth, was originally scheduled for a theatrical release in March of 2017. But after the franchise’s third story, Allegiant, earned disappointing box-office receipts, the picture is now being developed into a TV movie—one that will reportedly also serve as a pilot for a spin-off TV series. Woodley indicated in September that she probably would not participate in the TV movie but had not yet confirmed that she would definitely be sitting it out. It seems likely that her co-star, Miles Teller, will not appear in the TV movie either.

Fans may be sad to know for certain that Woodley will not return to wrap up the story of strong-willed heroine Tris, but they can take solace in watching Woodley in another empowering role. She plays a single mom opposite heavy hitters Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern in the seven-hour limited series Big Little Lies, debuting February 19 on HBO. Being a part of a female-driven ensemble was a career high—but Woodley hopes the rarity of casts made up of women will soon cease to be a hot topic.

“Until we reach the day we do a red-carpet for a show like this and people don’t [ask] what was it like working with four female leads, and until it becomes a societal norm, we have a lot of work to do,” she explained on the carpet. “You don’t see five men leads talking about working with five other men. This is a great step in the right direction, and we need to continue this momentum so that it becomes the normal—and it doesn’t become the ideal or the celebrated.”