Shailene Woodley is heading into awards season with major buzz for her breakout role in The Descendants: She lost out to Felicity Jones at last night’s Gotham Awards, but she did win awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival, and today she received a nod for Best Supporting Actress at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. It’s a bit hard to reconcile all those shiny kudos with the down-to-earth girl who walked past our office this morning chatting about the evils of corporate farming. But when the 20-year-old star of Secret Life of the American Teenager starts chatting about the environment, we can see the earnest, passionate nature that works in her acting as much as in her real life.
“If I wasn’t acting, I’d be either studying massage therapy or probably in the woods with some random group trying to survive in the wild, and I’m not kidding, just to see if I could do it. Or going to herbalism school,” she told TheFABlife.
And when we asked her about her personal style, this California girl was way more Berkley than Hollywood. “At home, I only shop at thrift stores and vintage stores, a) for, like, the environment, but b) because you find the best clothes ever that way and they’re super comfortable,” she said. “I’m always in baggy jeans and a white T-shirt. And no bras, I hate bras.”
Shailene’s been acting since she was a kid, so we wondered if her friends are actors too, or if she’s managed to create a social life away from the screen.
“I am friends with my castmates on Secret Life of the American Teenager; I’m really good friends with Megan Park, who plays Grace, and a few other people,” she replied, before adding, “To me, the S word is ‘star.’ … I really don’t have a lot of friends in the industry. I kinda just go to work and go home and hang out with my other weird friends who do weird things like make bows and arrows.”
Oh, please, please bring some of those arrow making friends to the red carpets this winter, Shailene. That should liven up the season!