Shailene Woodley Biography |
  • Shailene Woodley Biography

    Born: November 15, 1991 in Simi Valley, California, United States

    SHAILENE WOODLEY  is best known for her award winning performance opposite George Clooney in Academy Award® nominated film The Descendants from writer/director Alexander Payne. Among the many accolades she received for her work in the film were a 2012 Independent Spirit Award® for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® nomination and a Critics Choice award nomination. Variety said of her performance, “Woodley is a revelation in the role of Alex, displaying both the edge and the depth that the role demands.” A.O. Scott of the New York Times agreed saying Woodley gives, “one of the toughest, smartest, most credible adolescent performances in recent memory.”

    Woodley was recently seen in the critically acclaimed film The Spectacular Now starring opposite Miles Teller. The co-stars shared the Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013; and Woodley was nominated for a Gotham Award, and an Independent Spirit Award® for Best Actress.

    Upcoming films include: White Bird in a Blizzard for director Gregg Araki, which premiered at Sundance in January 2014; and she recently finished filming the lead in The Fault in Our Stars, the big screen adaption of John Green’s hugely popular novel. The film will hit theatres June 6, 2014 and co-stars Ansel Elgort.

    Woodley began her career at the age of 5 when an agent recognized her potential and signed her on the spot. She has been working ever since. She started in commercials and then got her first TV role in the 1999 MOW "Replacing Dad," which starred two time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell.

    Other roles include playing the lead character in the hit ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” for five years; the lead in the popular WB movie “Felicity: An American Girl Adventure,” which was produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Julia Roberts; and recurring roles on “Crossing Jordan” (as a young Jill Hennessy), “The O.C.,” and “Jack & Bobby.” She also had a lead role opposite Ann Margaret and Matthew Settle in the TV movie “A Place Called Home.”

    When she is not on set, Woodley spends as much time outdoors as possible thinking of ways she can help keep the environment beautiful and healthy for future generations. She has started a charitable organization called All It Takes, which is dedicated to all things that help the environment and people's lives in general.

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