SHAILENE WOODLEY (Beatrice "Tris" Prior) is best known for
her award-winning performance opposite George Clooney in the Academy
Award-nominated film The Descendants, from writer-director Alexander Payne.
Among the many accolades she received for her work in the film were a 2012
Independent Spirit Award and the National Board of Review Award, in addition to
Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations (for Best Supporting
Woodley recently starred in the drama White Bird in a Blizzard for director
Gregg Araki, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.
Magnolia Pictures released the film on VOD on September 25 and then in theaters
nationwide on October 24. The film debuted internationally at the Deauville Film
Festival in France.
Woodley further solidified her stature as a talented and versatile actress in
the critically acclaimed film The Fault in Our Stars, the big-screen adaption of
John Green's hugely popular novel. Woodley earned glowing reviews from some of
the most respected critics in the country and the film dominated the box office
on its opening weekend, earning more than $250 million worldwide thus far.
Woodley' performance has been acknowledged by The People's Choice Awards, The
Broadcast Film Critics Awards and The Teen Choice Awards.
Just prior, Woodley starred in The Spectacular Now opposite Miles Teller. The
co-stars shared the Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting at the Sundance Film
Festival in January 2013. Woodley was nominated for a Gotham Award and an
Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress.
Woodley's star status was proven in the big-screen version of Divergent for
Summit Entertainment, based on the popular YA novel of the same name from
bestselling author Veronica Roth.
Woodley will soon begin production as the female lead opposite Joseph Gordon
Levitt in Oliver Stone's Snowden, the real-life story of the American computer
specialist Edward Snowden, a former employee of the CIA who leaked classified
information from the NSA about surveillance programs run by the U.S.
Woodley began her career at the age of 5 when an agent recognized her
potential and signed her in an instant. She has been working ever since. Woodley
cut her teeth in commercials and then earned her first TV role in the 1999 telefilm Replacing Dad, which starred two-time Oscar-nominee Mary McDonnell.
Other roles include playing the lead character on the hit ABC Family series
The Secret Life of the American Teenager for five years; the lead in the popular
WB movie Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, which was produced by Elaine
Goldsmith-Thomas and Julia Roberts; and recurring roles on Crossing Jordan (as a
young Jill Hennessy), The O.C. and Jack & Bobby. She also had a lead role
opposite Ann-Margret and Matthew Settle in the TV movie A Place Called Home.
When she is not on set, Woodley spends as much time as possible outdoors,
thinking of ways she can help keep the environment beautiful and healthy for
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