NET-A-PORTER – SHAILENE WOODLEY is known for her talent, her sense of justice and her dedication to living as simply as possible, owning only what she can fit into a small suitcase. But the past two years have seen a shift for the actress, one that nearly saw her quit Hollywood. She tells JENNIFER DICKINSON why she nearly walked away and how Big Little Lies got her to stay
“When I was seven,” says Shailene Woodley, “I said, ‘The day I’m on the cover of a magazine I’m going to quit,’ because I never wanted this industry to get in the way of my life.” At that point, she was already a two-year ‘veteran’ of show business, and repelled by the idea of fame and its pervasiveness.
Yet here she is, two decades later, on the cover of this magazine for the second time and with countless others, from Vanity Fair to New York Magazine, in her back catalogue. She’s paused filming on the second season of Big Little Lies to hit the promotion trail for the brilliantly grueling Adrift, a survival story based on Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s 1983 experience of being caught in a hurricane and stranded at sea for 41 days, co-starring Brit actor Sam Claflin. Woodley, 26, says she was “stripped to her core” by filming, which involved journeying into open sea every day, jumping into the water to pee when the boat’s toilet broke, and forgoing dinner every day for a month to illustrate Oldham’s slow starvation.
So very much still in the industry, then. Is she not a woman of her word? Or did Hollywood turn her head? Neither, she promises, explaining with a dramatic yet sincere, “I have the best job in the world. I could cry talking about it. And it’s fleeting, I remind myself of that every day. What I do can be taken away at any moment.”
The acting, it appears, comes easily. Co-stars heap unusually genuine praise on Woodley, with the likes of George Clooney – whom she starred with in The Descendants, her sit-up-and-take-notice role – and Kate Winslet (the Divergent franchise) singling her out as one of the best actresses of her generation. Everything that comes with it though? That’s been a struggle.
“The idea of magazines, press lines, red carpets and fashion, all of that was so overwhelming that I stayed away from it all,” says the actress over herbal tea at a relaxed LA cafe, clad in a leather jacket and jeans. “I can’t half-ass anything, so when it came to me having to look a certain way or speak a certain way for this image I was meant to create, it turned me off. When I wasn’t filming I would work on a farm somewhere because that’s what I could hold onto that felt real.”
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Shailene Woodley’s new movie, “Adrift,” is based on the true story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft, who endured Hurricane Raymond in the Pacific Ocean in 1983. Woodley, who portrays Tami and is also a producer of the film, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss what it was like to shoot the majority of the film in the open sea and the role love played in Ashcraft’s survival.
JAKE HAMILTION – Emmy-Winner Jake Hamilton sits down to chat with the stars of ADRIFT — Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, real-life survivor Tami Ashcraft and director Baltasar Kormakur — only on JAKE’S TAKES!
Yesterday (April 24), Shailene attended CinemaCon in support of his upcoming film Adrift by STX Films. Shailene was in attendance with co-star, Sam Claflin.
The gallery has now been updated with HQ photos from the arrivals, inside, and on stage presentation. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2018 > Apr 24 | STX Films Presentation at Cinemacon 2018 (Inside)
Public Appearances > 2018 > Apr 24 | STX Films Presentation at Cinemacon 2018 (On Stage)
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.