Shailene Diann Woodley was born in San Bernardino County, California. Her mother Lori and her father Lonnie both had careers in the field of education; they served, respectively, as a school counselor and a principal.
At the age of four, she launched her career as a model, and by the time she turned five, she had begun studying acting. Shailene received a diagnosis of scoliosis when she was 15 years old. As a result, she was required to wear a brace when she entered Simi Valley High School as a freshman.
Woodley made her first appearance in front of the camera in the 1999 television drama “Replacing Dad,” which led to her landing roles in “The District” and “Crossing Jordan” later on. She appeared in supporting roles in a number of other television shows and films, including “The O.C.,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “CSI: NY,” “Close to Home,” and “Felicity: An American Girl Adventure,” among others.
The television series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” that aired on ABC Family in 2008 was where Woodley got her big break. From 2008 through 2013, she portrayed Amy Juergens, a girl 15 years old who discovers she is pregnant. Her run on the show lasted from 2008 until 2013. As a result of her performance in the role, Woodley was considered for a number of Teen Choice Awards.
The concert was very well received by its audience, and Woodley received numerous accolades for her performance in various reviews of the program. Over the course of its five seasons and 121 episodes, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” established itself as one of the most popular shows on ABC Family.
Woodley made her acting debut with George Clooney in the 2011 film “The Descendants,” which received widespread acclaim and was her first role in a feature film. Clooney played the role of Matt King in the film.
Alex, the King family’s troublesome eldest daughter, was portrayed by her in the drama. She was lauded by everybody in attendance for her work, which earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. In addition to that, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress was bestowed upon her.
Before securing the role of Beatrice “Tris” Prior in the cinematic adaptation of the “Divergent” trilogy, Woodley featured alongside Miles Teller in the critically acclaimed film “The Spectacular Now,” which was released in 2013, as well as “White Bird in a Blizzard.” The first movie was released in 2014 and debuted at number one at the box office.
Next, Woodley was seen in the film “The Fault in Our Stars,” which was released in 2014 and was an adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name. Woodley played Hazel Grace Lancaster, a cancer patient who was 16 years old. The film was a smashing success, earning over 307 million dollars worldwide, and Woodley’s performance received widespread critical acclaim for its excellence. Because of her role, Woodley was honored with the Hollywood Film Award for Breakthrough Performance in Hollywood.
In “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” which was released in 2015, Woodley appeared once again in her role as Tris. This second chapter of the series brought in a total of $295.2 million around the world.
Next, in 2016, Woodley appeared in Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Stone directed this film. In the latter part of that year, she gave another performance as Tris in the film “Divergent: Allegiant,” which was released in 2016. After taking a short hiatus from the entertainment industry, she made her return to television in 2017 with the role of sexual assault survivor Jane Chapman in the HBO series “Big Little Lies,” which is an adaptation of a novel with the same name.
She was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for the role of Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series because she was able to compete successfully among Hollywood greats such as Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. “Adrift” was a film that Woodley starred in and produced in 2018, and Baltasar Kormakur was the director of the film.
At the 2018 Deauville Film Festival, she was honored with the Rising Star Award for the role she played as a sailor named Tami Oldham Ashcraft who became shipwrecked at sea.
In the 2019 release of the romance drama “Endings, Beginnings,” Woodley starred in the film alongside Sebastian Stan and Jamie Dornan. Midway through October of that same year, she moved the production of the romantic drama “The Last Letter From Your Lover” to the island of Mallorca in Spain.
In November of 2019, Woodley was announced as a new cast member for the movie “Prisoner 760,” which also stars Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch. Another role that Woodley was given was in “Girl Named Sue.” She is currently in pre-production and development for the future films “Misanthrope,” “After Exile,” “Arkie,” and “No Baggage,” all of which will include her in starring roles.
Shailene is a passionate advocate for the environment and climate change. While she was still in high school, she developed an interest in ecology and started making her own health and hygiene goods, such as deodorant and toothpaste, out of a desire to reduce her impact on the natural world. In 2010, Woodley contributed to the establishment of the charitable organization known as All It Takes along with her own mother.
All It Takes seeks to instill in young people a sense of responsibility, compassion, empathy, and purpose in order to promote long-term, positive change for the environment through education. She was a member of the board of directors of Bernie Sanders’s political group, Our Revolution, and she was an enthusiastic supporter of Bernie Sanders during his bids for president in 2016 and 2020.
While participating in a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Saint Anthony, North Dakota, in 2016, Woodley was detained and charged with criminal trespassing. She entered a guilty plea and was placed on probation for a year. Later on in that year, Woodley became a member of the political organization known as Our Revolution.
This group encourages citizens to get involved in the political process and works to organize and elect progressive politicians. Its primary objective is to educate people about the importance of voting. In September 2016, Woodley was presented with the Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award at the 20th Anniversary Global Green Environmental Awards. As of the month of July 2019, Woodley is representing Greenpeace as an Oceans Ambassador.
She left on an excursion to the Sargasso sea that would run for three weeks in order to investigate the effects that plastics have on marine life.
Woodley, who is known for keeping her personal life very private throughout the years, finally announced in 2018 that she was dating Ben Volavola, an Australian-Fijian rugby player, after many years of rumors about their relationship. In April of 2020, it was rumored that the couple’s relationship had come to an end.
Shailene Woodley is a well-known actress in the United States who is currently worth $12 million. Her performance as the lead in the film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel of the same name, “The Fault in Our Stars,” is perhaps what brought her the most notoriety.