Shailene Woodley: I Don’t Know If We’re Meant To Be With One Person Forever
Shailene Woodley, who dissed Twilight and recently discussed why she turned down Fifty Shades of Grey, covers the new issue of Marie Claire and has a lot to say about being single, taking time off, body image, and even Miley Cyrus.
On being single, the star of the upcoming film Divergent says, “I just haven’t met anyone where I was like, ‘Wow I could definitely see myself spending a season of my life with you.’ I don’t even know if humans are genetically made to be with one person forever.”
Woodley also feels young stars aren’t given enough credit or emphasis in the entertainment industry.
“I think there’s this big rise right now in giving teenagers the worth they have,” says Woodley, explaining, “For so long they were – and still are – depicted in movies and TV shows as codependent whiners or rich, beautiful, diamond-clad daughters or dumb cheerleader types. But teenagers are so smart. I was probably smarter as a 16-year-old than I am today. There is a zest for life that you have at that age that is so beautiful.”
As for her teenage years, which were spent working, the now 22-year-old is ready to put them behind her.
She says, “For the first time, I feel like I’m entering my womanhood. I’ve decided to take a few months off, just to see who I am as that woman in the world, because I’ve never been able to experience it outside of this industry.”
Woodley also tells the magazine she doesn’t get caught up with body image or the whole idea of fandom.
“My whole life I’ve been so self-conscious about being skinny,” says the young star, adding, “And just recently I don’t care anymore. All insecurities are projected because of what you think others are saying about you, but they don’t really matter at all. My only real insecurities in high school were having such long legs and thick hair – things I’m so very grateful for now.”
As for the public attention, she finds it “a very strange culture nowadays.”
“People have always been fans of people,” notes Woodley, “but I can’t relate to any of these girls or boys who scream. It’s idolizing someone you don’t know. None of these people know me.”
Nor is she going to let the public get to know more about her via social media.
Woodley tells Marie Claire, “The whole social media thing is just a little too weird for me… We’re all such narcissists, and that’s what social media caters to. Our society conditions us to be our own planets, which is great. Independent thinking is so important. But we expect everyone around us to be our moons.”
And on Miley Cyrus, Woodley says, “I don’t really know anything about twerking. I admire that she’s doing what she wants to do. I wasn’t really a fan of hers before, and now I’m just so fascinated by her. I love how everyone’s throwing a fit about something that isn’t their life.”
What do you think of Woodley’s interview with Marie Claire?