Shai­lene Wood­ley


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Shai­lene Wood­ley has been act­ing since she was five years old, yet it wasn’t un­til she landed the role of Beatrice “Tris” Prior in The Divergent Se­ries films (a role she ini­tially turned down!) that she caught our at­ten­tion. Since then Shai has demon­strated her act­ing chops in an ar­ray of dra­matic roles, play­ing char­ac­ters that are quite dif­fer­ent to her own re­laxed and down-to-earth per­son­al­ity. “Shai­lene ap­pre­ci­ates the sim­plest things: farm­ers’ mar­kets, hikes, hang­ing out with friends. I don’t think that’s ever go­ing to change. She couldn’t care less about the spot­light, or go­ing to the Hol­ly­wood party and be­ing cool. She’s very real that way,” says Ansel El­gort, her The Divergent Se­ries and The Fault In Our

Stars co-star. The 24-year-old ac­tress has wis­dom and per­cep­tion be­yond her years, as ev­i­denced in the mes­sage that she hopes fans will take away with them af­ter watch­ing the lat­est in­stall­ment of The Divergent

Se­ries: “that com­mu­nity is truly the way to build bridges and unite peo­ple with dif­fer­ing opin­ions on a uni­fied front”. Last year she even spent three weeks trekking through In­dia with min­i­mal pos­ses­sions. “Shai has a strong sense of self and a strong sense of how she wants to han­dle her­self as an ac­tress and as a per­son who is re­ally unique and re­ally strong. She can keep two feet on the ground but still be able to achieve every­thing she wants to achieve,” says Theo James, Shai’s on-screen lead­ing man in The

Divergent Se­ries. In The Divergent Se­ries: Al­le­giant, we see Tris, Four, Christina, Caleb, Peter and Tori go be­yond the walls of Chicago af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that for the past 200 years the cit­i­zens in­side the walled city and their sep­a­ra­tion into five fac­tions were ac­tu­ally part of an ex­per­i­ment by the Bureau of Ge­netic Wel­fare. The team even­tu­ally find them­selves at the Bureau, where they meet its vi­sion­ary leader David. Once again, Tris and her friends find them­selves won­der­ing who they can trust and tough de­ci­sions will have to be made to save hu­man­ity… even though these choices will cre­ate cracks in Tris and Four’s re­la­tion­ship!

“This movie is in­ter­est­ing be­cause Tris and Four go

in their own di­rec­tions and they’re very much out of con­tact and out of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with one an­other… They both see dif­fer­ent sides of who this David is and that cre­ates dis­tance be­tween them be­cause Four has one idea and Tris has an­other idea and they can’t seem to come to an agree­ment,” re­veals Shai­lene. The first few min­utes of Al­le­giant leap into ac­tion with an im­pres­sive wall-scal­ing scene, some­thing that Shai had a blast shoot­ing for the most part. “It was thrilling and ex­cit­ing and also deeply un­com­fort­able phys­i­cally af­ter a while to be wear­ing that harness!” she says. It sounds to us that Shai is to­tally “daunt­less” when it comes to em­brac­ing stunts! If Shai­lene wasn’t an ac­tress, she’d like to do some­thing re­lat­ing to food or herbal­ism. The self­pro­claimed en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist is known for hav­ing a great love of na­ture and us­ing nat­u­ral prod­ucts wher­ever she can – whether it is mak­ing her own tooth­paste and body lo­tions, gather­ing spring wa­ter from moun­tains, or us­ing beets as an al­ter­na­tive lip stain to lip­stick. While Shai has a ten­dency to dis­ap­pear from the pub­lic eye when she’s not work­ing, for­tu­nately for fans she has a cou­ple of projects com­ing up that will keep her on our screens. Af­ter Al­le­giant, Shai re­turns to her TV roots in the drama Big Lit­tle Lies, which also stars Reese Wither­spoon and Ni­cole Kid­man, and then on to The Divergent Se­ries’ fi­nal chap­ter, The Divergent

Se­ries: As­cen­dant. The film is set for re­lease next year and will start shoot­ing this month. The star says, “I feel re­ally ex­cited to ex­plore this fi­nal chap­ter in Tris’s life, as well as a cer­tain sad­ness to be leav­ing be­hind a fam­ily that has been cre­ated be­cause of these films.” We’re also ex­cited, and cu­ri­ous to see how it all ends!

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