LAS VEGAS — Back in 1999, Shailene Woodley and her mother, Lori, could be found in a tiny dressing room trailer on the set of “Replacing Dad,” the television movie in which Ms. Woodley had her first speaking role. If the pair were hoping to pass themselves off as anything but novices, they failed miserably, especially when it came to availing themselves of the lunch provided by the production.
“We’d brought these little rice cakes with us,” said Ms. Woodley, who remembers that after being told that a production assistant would come fetch them when she was needed on camera, she and her mom stayed put. They didn’t know they could leave the trailer, even to eat. “We just sat there for six and a half hours with no water, no anything. We were starving.”
Fifteen years later, Ms. Woodley knows her way around a Hollywood set. At 22, she has built a fan base that is an aggregate of people who may not have the same tastes in entertainment, but all claim her as their own. The followers of her ABC Family series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” may be unaware of her success in indie films like “The Spectacular Now” (2013) or her award-winning turn in “The Descendants” (2011). The science fiction crowd knows Ms. Woodley as Tris Prior, the punch-throwing, train-hopping protagonist of the dystopian, postapocalyptic blockbuster “Divergent,” which opened in March.
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Stars, they’re just like us! They also tend to cry while cutting off several inches of hair. Just one little thing: We usually make the chop because we need a little change or need to get rid of damaged ends. In the case of actress Shailene Woodley, however, the choice to lop off her hair came for a role.
Woodley stars in the upcoming “The Fault In Our Stars,” an adaptation of the popular young adult novel of the same title, following teenaged cancer patient Hazel Grace and her romance with Augustus (played by Ansel Elgort), who is also recovering from cancer.
MTV News visited the set of the movie in Pittsburgh to catch up with Woodley and Elgort. While there, we had the chance to ask Woodley about her big leap into the short-haired world. Not only did she tell us about it, she did us one better and handed over the video of her getting her ponytail snipped.
“It was a super-fun moment,” Woodley said of the haircut.
In the video, Woodley certainly looks like she’s having fun — with a side of, “oh my god, what am I doing?” But mostly fun.
Check out the clip above to watch the infamous haircut and hear Woodley talk about the experience.
“The Fault In Our Stars” hits theaters June 6.
John Green is crying again. Not because he’s sad, really. More like the way parents weep at weddings and at high school graduations. This sudden, unstoppable rush of happy tears has become so common for the 36-year-old author as he watches the filming of his 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, that it’s now a bit of a running joke. “John Green cries all the time,” says director Josh Boone, laughing. “This set basically has no testosterone whatsoever.”
This is a love story. It is a story of joy and devastating loss and, most of all, life. It will make you laugh and rejoice and think and feel and will expand your heart in gratitude and humility, and it will forever change the way you hear the word “okay,” and, yes, it will make you cry. If you are one of the millions of people who have read The Fault in Our Stars, you know this already. If you are not, prepare yourself — you will not walk away from this book, or this film, unaltered. Okay? Okay.
It’s September 2013 on a bright afternoon in Pittsburgh, and Shailene Woodley, who plays 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, stands in a simple blue dress the color of cornflowers and adjusts the cannula tubes in her nostrils. Her hair, so long and lustrous in her last film, Divergent, has been cropped short. She is waiting.
Hazel is a jeans-and-T-shirt girl. No makeup, no fuss. She also has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, so she must be connected to a portable oxygen tank to breathe. Not too long ago she met a boy named Augustus “Gus” Waters (Ansel Elgort) in a cancer support group — Gus was there for his friend Isaac (Nat Wolff). Gus is in remission (osteosarcoma), is handsome and clever, and has homed in on Hazel like a tractor beam. She has resisted him — her diagnosis is terminal, and she spends a lot of time worrying about the destructive effect her death will have on her parents. But he is fearless and persistent, and she has, despite herself, quietly fallen in love with him. They are about to go out to dinner in Amsterdam — they’ve joined forces on a quest to meet the reclusive author of Hazel’s favorite book (Willem Dafoe) — and now she is standing in this room, wearing this dress that her mother (Laura Dern) picked out for her, and she is waiting for him.
Continue reading ‘The Fault in Our Stars’: An unexpected phenomenon’s journey from page to screen
Forget — for just a moment — about summer’s spandex-clad superheroes and cities being destroyed by robots and monsters. The Fault in Our Stars, out June 6 and adapted from the 2012 best-selling John Green novel, stands to be the must-see love story of the season.
In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Sara Vilkomerson reports from The Fault in Our Stars set in Pittsburgh and explores how TFIOS — which tells the love story of two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group — became an unlikely YA phenomenon. “I tried to write the funniest, most honest love story I could about these kids who were living with a difficult disease. I never thought it would be popular,” says Green. “I certainly never imagined it would be a movie.”
Luckily, one studio decided to take a chance on the project. Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler remembers how producer Wyck Godfrey convinced her to make the film. “Wyck called me and said, ‘You can’t pass on this. You have to do this,” she says. “I said, ‘Why are you doing this to me?’ And he said, ‘Because. It makes you remember when you were a teenager and you were in love for the first time and you didn’t want to hang up the phone.’”
With a modest budget of $12 million, every piece of the TFIOS puzzle was carefully considered — from hiring director Josh Boone to casting rising stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the lead roles of Hazel and Augustus. Green, who was on set for just about every day of shooting, found the experience an unexpected pleasure. “Shailene has become Hazel to me. Ansel has become Gus,” he says. “The feeling I’ve had consistently is this deep weird joy.”
Shailene is on the cover of the May/June issue of Natural Health! A preview of the interview can be read below:
Gray, blustery weather would send most people running from the beach, but not Shailene Woodley. In fact, the 22-year-old actor—clad in denim shorts and a striped shirt—is completely in her element as she performs a series of unprompted cartwheels, first for fun, then again for the camera. And despite the frigid breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean, Woodley gleefully splashes her feet in the surf, tilting her head back and breathing in the salty air. Her deep love of nature shines through immediately, but as the afternoon progresses, it’s clear that she relishes not just being outdoors, but also the general spontaneity and unexpected pleasures life can bring. “Right now, we’re in this beautiful house in Malibu, and we just had an awesome photo shoot on the beach,” she says. “In the next moment, I might be spending the night on some random person’s couch, and that’s amazing, too. It’s about being present and surrendering to what’s in front of you.”
Despite her relatively young age and her adolescent-centric breakout roles (first in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and The Descendants, more recently in The Spectacular Now and Divergent), the Southern California native displays the kind of quiet confidence and clarity that take most people their entire lives to achieve. “Living in a state of fear makes no sense,” Woodley says. “If I have X number of days to live, I am not going to live them in fear. Where’s the laughter in it? Where’s the joy?” This seize-the-day ethos drives Woodley in both her personal and professional lives: She chooses work that’s meaningful to her, then uses her A-list clout to spread a message of compassion for her fellow humans and for the Earth.
Her greatest epiphany came courtesy of her latest role as Hazel Grace Lancaster, the 16-year-old, cancer stricken protagonist of the film The Fault in Our Stars (out June 6). “While filming, I met so many young people who either had someone close to them die of cancer or who had a tumor in their head and were so excited to meet me, then passed away a few weeks later,” Woodley recalls. “That experience was the biggest wake-up call I’ve ever had.” But it’s far from the only revelation that’s shaped who she is. Here, she delves into her zeal for sustainable living and herbal remedies—and how she cultivates her unshakable peace of mind. Watch the behind-the-scenes video of Shailene at the Natural Health cover shoot!
NATURAL HEALTH: What first sparked your environmentalism and passion for nature?
SHAILENE WOODLEY: There’s one defining moment that I’ll never forget: It was an incredibly windy day and I was walking through the quad of my public high school, which is surrounded by pine trees. There were hundreds of pine needles swirling around in the air, and I looked down and scattered across this huge grassy expanse was all of the trash left over from lunch— plastic bags, soda cans, that kind of thing. And something just clicked when I saw the juxtaposition of the ignorance on the ground against the beauty and freedom in the sky. That’s when I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to this, because there’s something really wrong here.
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Big news concerning post-dystopian Chicago came out last week: Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, will be split into two movies.
At the MTV Movie Awards Sunday, EW caught up with Shailene Woodley to ask how she feels about the decision to make four Divergent films. “I just heard that as well,” Woodley said. “I am excited, but my very first thought, if I’m being honest was, ‘Okay. All right. That’s another year of kicking ass. Another year devoted to this character.’ But that’s all right, because I am honored to be Tris, and it is exciting. Divergent was a very fun film to make, and I worked with some great people. It is also really exciting that just after coming off promoting this one, we start filming the next one in like a month. It will be nice to get into it.”
Woodley had lots to talk about at MTV’s award show. While she’s just coming off Divergent, she was also introducing a new, highly anticipated The Fault in Our Stars clip. One might think it’d be more challenging physically to play Tris — but Woodley explained it was actually Hazel, her Fault character, who proved more taxing.
“I didn’t have to change much in terms of eating or exercise or anything to do Divergent,” Woodley said. “I had to do much more in terms of physical transformation for Hazel in Fault In Our Stars. Especially going from Tris with strong muscles and long hair to Hazel, who is sick and weak and in a very hard and sad situation. …The messages are so important in Fault. I can’t wait for people to see it. I feel so honored to be a small part of that movie. I know that sounds cliché, but it is true. The demographic is unlimited. It has the potential to reach so many people.”