Actress Emma Stone, who was in New York, connected by phone one late spring night with the 21-year-old Woodley in Chicago, where she was shooting Divergent, to discuss her graduation from Secret Life, her quickly expanding oeuvre, and the challenges of growing up, acting out, and coming of age—both on-screen and off.
Emma Stone: It’s an L.A. issue. [both laugh] You now have three other movies in the works—White Bird in a Blizzard, The Fault in Our Stars, and Divergent—and they’re all very different from one another and are of different genres. How do you feel about being involved in all of these incredibly different projects?
Shailene Woodley: Well, you and I have talked before about having this fear of being the same person in every movie and this insecurity about playing the same role over and over again. So hearing you say that these films all sound so different makes me feel better about the fact that I won’t be the same person in every movie. I mean, I got to do Spectacular Now, which was super-indie. Then I got to do White Bird in a Blizzard, which is a crazy Gregg Araki movie where there was some minor nudity and some scenes that are very provocative. It’s darker than some of the other films that I’ve done. Then Divergent, which is based on a young-adult novel, is the first action movie I’ve done. Yesterday, I was tied to a post waving a stick with fire on the end of it in the air. [laughs] And then The Fault in Our Stars is the film I’m doing next, and I’m very excited about that one because it’s based on one of my favorite books [the 2012 novel by John Green].
Shailene also shared about her passion for herbs and that she is an environmentalist when she was in high school. She is a very simple girl, despite of how far she’s been right now. For a Shailene, a perfect night would be “to sit in bed with my journal or a book of poems or a novel and a cup of tea, is the perfect way for me to ensure a good night’s rest.” Very normal. George Clooney and Alexander Payne have both adviced her to remain grounded. And know what drives this girl to accept very different roles from each of her projects. Read the full interview in Interview Magazine.