PROFILE
Name:
Shailene Woodley
Birth Date:
Simi Valley, California, USA
Birth Place:
November 15, 1991
Height:
5' 6" (1.68 m)
BIOGRAPHY
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The Descendants

Background:

American actress Shailene Woodley is best known for playing Alexandra King on the film “The Descendants” (2011), where she won a number of awards, including the Independent Spirit Award and the Cannes Film Festival Award, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance. She is also widely popular as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel, “Divergent” (2014), and is noted for her turn as Aimee Finecky on the film “The Spectacular Now” (2013). On the small screen, Woodley is known for playing Amy Juergens on the ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (2008–2013).          

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Childhood and Family:

Shailene Woodley was born Shailene Diann Woodley on November 15, 1991, in Simi Valley, California, to Lonnie Woodley, a school principal, and Lori, a middle school counselor. Her parents  divorced when Shailane was 15. She has a younger brother named Tanner. Shailene was educated at Simi Valley High School. She began acting in commercial when she was 4. As a teenager, she was diagnosed with scoliosis, and in order to straighten her spine, she was put in a chest-to-hips plastic brace.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Career:

Shailene Woodley made her television acting debut at age 8 in the made for TV “Replacing Dad” (1999), an adaptation of a Shelley Fraser Mickle novel, starring Mary McDonnell, William Russ, and Jack Coleman. More gigs on television ensued, including recurring roles on CBS' “The District” (2001-2003, as Kristin Debreno), NBC's “Crossing Jordan” (2001-2004, as Young Jordan Cavanaugh), Fox's “The O.C.'s” (2003-2004, as Young Kaitlin Cooper) and “Jack & Bobby” (2004-2005, as Chloe Benedict) and one episodic roles in “Without a Trace” (2003) and “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2004). In the TV film “A Place Called Home” (2004), the talented girl starred as California “Cali” Ford, and was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2005 in the category of Best Leading Young Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special for her performance.

In 2005, Woodley was cast as Felicity Merriman on the TV film “An American Girl Adventure,” the second in the series of An American Girl films, which aired on The WB on November 29, 2005. The drama was nominated for two Young Artist Awards in the categories of Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress for Woodley, and Best Family Television Movie or Special. The same year, she appeared with Carol Burnett,  Denis O'Hare,  Tom Smothers,  Tracey Ullman and Zooey Deschane in the ABC made for TV film “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Woodley made guest appearances in “My Name Is Earl” (2006), “Cold Case” (2006,2007), “Close to Home” (2007) and “CSI: NY “ (2007), and joined the ensemble cast that included Dean Cain,
Anthony Michael Hall and Ernie Hudson in the Hallmark Channel action/thriller TV film “Final Approach” (2007). She also portrayed Ashley Hedges in the film “Moola.”

Woodley's big break arrived when she was cast as Amy Juergens, a 15-year-old who discovers she is pregnant, on the teen drama TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” opposite Kenny Baumann, Francia Raisa, Daren Kagasoff, Greg Finley II, Megan Park, India Eisley and Molly Ringwald. The show premiered on ABC Family July 1, 2008 and ended on June 3, 2013 after five seasons. For her work on the series, Woodley received a Young Artist nomination for Best Leading Young Actress in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) in 2009 as well as Teen Choice nominations for Choice TV Actress: Drama three times in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and for Choice Summer TV Star: Female twice in 2010 and 2012.  

In the meantime, Woodley gained even bigger attention thanks to her portrayal of George Clooney's disturbed daughter on the acclaimed comedy/drama film “The Descendants” (2011), which was directed and co-written by Alexander Payne. Delivering a bravura acting, Woodley was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and won the Independent Spirit: Best Supporting Female and the Cannes Film Festival Trophée Chopard. The role also brought her many other awards like Denver Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress, a MTV Movie for Breakthrough Performance, a Houston Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actress, a San Diego Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actress, a Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress, a Florida Film Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actress and a National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2013, Woodley again received notice for playing Aimee Finecky, a social outcast, on the big screen adaptation of Tim Tharp's novel, “The Spectacular Now,” helmed by James Ponsoldt. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered critical acclaim and Woodley won the Special Jury Award for Dramatic for her performance (shared with Miles Teller). She also won a San Diego Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actress for her role.  

In 2014, Woodley starred in “White Bird in a Blizzard,” a French thriller movie co-produced, written and directed by Gregg Araki, and in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's “Divergent,” which has received mixed reviews from critics but has been a box office hit. Her role as Beatrice “Tris” Prior  in the latter film brought the actress an MTV Movie for  Favorite Character.

Woodley will star opposite Ansel Elgort on the upcoming comedy/drama film “The Fault in Our Stars,” which is based on John Green's 2012 novel of the same name. The film is set to be released in the US on June 6, 2014.

Woodley is scheduled to reprise her character of Beatrice 'Tris' Prior on the sequels “Insurgent,” which is scheduled to be released on March 20, 2015, as well as “ Allegiant: Part 1” (2016) and “Allegiant: Part 2” (2017).    

Awards:

MTV Movie: Favorite Character, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, “Divergent,” 2014
San Diego Film Critics Society: Best Supporting Actress, “The Spectacular Now,” 2013
Sundance Film Festival : Dramatic, Special Jury Award, Acting, “The Spectacular Now,” (with Miles Teller), 2013
Denver Film Critics Society: Best Ensemble, “The Descendants,” 2012
Denver Film Critics Society: Best Supporting Actress, “The Descendants,” 2012
Independent Spirit: Best Supporting Female, “The Descendants,” 2012
Cannes Film Festival: Trophée Chopard, “The Descendants,” 2012
MTV Movie: Breakthrough Performance, “The Descendants,” 2012
Houston Film Critics Society: Best Supporting Actress, “The Descendants,” 2011
San Diego Film Critics Society: Best Supporting Actress, “The Descendants,” 2011
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress, “The Descendants,” 2011
Florida Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actress, “The Descendants,” 2011
National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress, “The Descendants,” 2011 Show Less
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