Shailene Woodley: I Love Being Hippie “Dancing Around With Hairy Armpits”
“People have told me my thinking on this is kind of post-apocalyptic, but I think it’s important to be a sovereign human in today’s world because there are so many things we don’t know,” she explains.
The actress goes on to say, “The fact that we are not allowed to know what’s in our food is huge. For me, having my basic necessities covered and being able to take care of myself is reassuring. If the power goes out, I know how to make a fire and where a water source is and how to find my own food.”
Woodley has found a group of friends that share her ideals.
“All of them live that lifestyle already, so I’m fortunate,” she says. “We joke that our conversations sound like a ‘Sh*t Wild People Say’ video.”
The star recalls, “We were foraging for wild leeks in Maine last year, and one of my friends said, ‘Does anyone want the rest of my rhizome?’ And we all cracked up, thinking that only here and with this group of people would someone ask that question.”
She definitely lives in the moment.
“Right now, we’re in this beautiful house in Malibu, and we just had an awesome photo shoot on the beach,” she says to Natural Health. “In the next moment, I might be spending the night on some random person’s couch, and that’s amazing, too. It’s about being present and surrendering to what’s in front of you.”
Woodley believes that doing away with fear was an important step to take.
“Living in a state of fear makes no sense,” she explains. “If I have X number of days to live, I am not going to live them in fear. Where’s the laughter in it? Where’s the joy?”
How does she reconcile her Hollywood career with her mindset?
“I find myself living in two worlds sometimes — being this person who can walk a red carpet in a huge, fancy-ass ball gown, high heels and mountains of makeup, but also being the girl at a hippie festival in the middle of the forest with war paint on my face, dancing around with hairy armpits,” says Woodley. “I exist so well in both, and I used to feel like I had to choose one or the other.”
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