10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shailene Woodley
A few years ago, Shailene Woodley was just an up and coming actress, who was best known for her portrayal of Amy Juergens on the TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. In the last few years, however, thanks to numerous film roles in movies like The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent franchise, she’s now a bona fide star. Get to know her with these 10 things you probably didn’t know about the actress:
10. Breakthrough Role
Her breakthrough role was in the 2011 film adaptation of the novel The Descendants. She starred alongside George Clooney as his troubled teenaged daughter, Alexandra King. Her performance received positive reviews from critics. A.O. Scott from The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Woodley..[gives]..one of the toughest, smartest, most credible adolescent performances in recent memory.”
When she was 15, the Divergent star was diagnosed with scoliosis, a medical condition that causes abnormal curvature of the spine. For two years, she wore a chest-to-hips plastic brace for 18 hours a day to straighten her spine, but she didn’t let it get her down. Now, she jokes about it. “It didn’t faze me. I was like, ‘Some people have crooked teeth, some people have broken fingers, and I’ve got a back that has my initial on it,’” she told Marie Claire.