Shailene Woodley is an American actress and activist. Brought up in Simi Valley, California, Woodley began modeling at the age of four, and began acting professionally in minor television roles, before gaining two Young Artist Award nominations for her leading roles in the television films ‘A Place Called Home’ in 2004 and ‘Felicity: An American Girl Adventure’ in 2005. As a teenager, she rose to fame for her leading role as Amy Juergens on the ABC Family television series ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’, for which she received five Teen Choice Awards nominations.
She garnered critical acclaim for her film debut in ‘The Descendants’ in 2011, for which she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the Trophée Chopard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. Her role in ‘The Spectacular Now’ in 2013 received further praise, and she won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance.
In 2014, she achieved global recognition for her starring role in the romantic drama ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, which earned her the Hollywood Film Award for Breakout Performance – Female, three Teen Choice Awards, and two MTV Movie Awards, including one for MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance. Her starring role as Beatrice “Tris” Prior in the dystopian science fiction action ‘The Divergent’ Series garnered her further recognition. She starred opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s biographical thriller ‘Snowden’, in which Gordon-Levitt portrayed Edward Snowden. Filming began on February 16, 2015, and ‘Snowden’ was released on September 16, 2016.
Since 2017, she has portrayed Jane Chapman in the HBO limited series ‘Big Little Lies’ for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
In 2018, she starred in and produced the film ‘Adrift’, with Baltasar Kormákur as director. Her performance as Tami Oldham Ashcraft, a real life sailor who was stranded at sea after a storm, was praised by critics and fans alike, with Daniel Feingold from WSVN calling her work “Oscar-worthy.” She was awarded the Rising Star Award during the 2018 Deauville Film Festival.
She is an avid environmental activist and climate advocate. She and her mother co-founded the ‘All it Takes’ non-profit organization in 2010. ‘All it Takes’ is a youth leadership program that aims to educate young people to practice empathy, compassion, responsibility, and purpose in hopes to foster sustainable, positive change for themselves, others and the environment. She supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016. In mid-2016, she joined the board of ‘Our Revolution’, a political organization aimed to educate voters about issues, get people involved in the political process, and work to organize and elect progressive leaders. On September 29, 2016, she was honored at the 20th Anniversary Global Green Environmental Awards receiving the Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award for co-founding the ‘All it Takes’ organization. In October 2016, she was given the Female EMA Futures Award during the 26th Annual Environmental Media Association (EMA) Awards.