Shailene Diann Woodley was born on November 15, 1991 in the United States. Born in San Bernardino, California, Woodley was raised in Simi Valley. She began her modelling career at the age of four and made her professional acting debut a year later in a few tiny television roles. The role of Amy Juergens in the ABC Family drama series The Secret Life of the American Teenager brought her to widespread fame (2008–2013).
In the years that followed, she made her film debut in The Descendants (2011), for which she was awarded the Cannes Trophée Chopard and nominated for the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The Sundance Picture Festival-winning coming-of-age film The Spectacular Now stars her (2013).
Early Shailene Woodley Life
California’s Simi Valley is where Woodley spent his early years. Her mother, Lori (née Victor), and father, Lonnie Woodley, are both school administrators. Both of her parents are teachers. She has a sibling who is younger than her.
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At the age of 15, she was fitted with a chest-to-hip plastic brace to prevent further curvature of her spine due to scoliosis. Woodley attended Simi Valley High School for his secondary studies and studied acting with Anthony Meindl.
Shailene Woodley’s Profession
Woodley made her acting debut in the 1999 television film Replacing Dad. She subsequently starred on television in a variety of supporting roles, including The District and Crossing Jordan (where she played a young Jill Hennessy in the latter). After that, she portrayed California Ford in the A Place Called Home television film (2004). She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Movie, Miniseries, or Special.
In addition, she portrayed young Kaitlin Cooper in the pilot episode of The O.C. and Felicity Merriman in the television film Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005). This performance earned her a second Young Artist Award nomination, this time for Best Performance in a Television Movie, Miniseries, or Special (Comedy or Drama). Woodley then appeared as a guest star on a variety of other television programmes, including Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name Is Earl, CSI: NY, Close to Home, and Cold Case.
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Woodley portrayed Amy Juergens in the 2008-2013 ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in which a 15-year-old girl discovers she is pregnant. The show explores how her pregnancy has affected her relationships with her family and friends, as well as the students at Grant High School. According to Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly, her work “spruces up a well-intentioned, fairly audacious, but shaky production.” Throughout its five-season, 121-episode run on ABC Family, the sitcom was a ratings hit.
What Illness Does Shailene Suffer From?
In an April 2020 interview with The New York Times, Shailene detailed her harrowingly protracted health battle. “Although I was ill in my early twenties, I haven’t spoken much publicly about it, and I will one day. At the same time as I was working hard on the Divergent films, I was dealing with a serious personal health issue.
The actress has now spoken on how she is nearing the conclusion of her health battle. “I’m nearing the finish line, which is exciting, but it’s a novel sensation to have something physically rule your life as so many people examine your every move, word, and appearance. That first threw me for a loop.” Shailene said that she felt “isolated and alone.”
Shailene pointed to the fact that her sickness was unseen to the human eye as a source of difficulties, as no one could see that she was in pain. She noted that people find it difficult to empathise with a person’s pain unless they see a physical manifestation, such as a broken arm or leg.
Although many have believed that Shailene has been battling cancer (perhaps due to her role as a girl with cancer in The Fault in Our Stars), it appears that she is not yet prepared to reveal her struggles. At least one positive result of her illness was that she had time to disconnect from her phone and social media, as she stated in the interview.
During her defence, she stated, “My body and mind were recovering more slowly the more I allowed external distractions to divert my attention.” I was preoccupied with developing a mental representation of myself based on others’ reactions.” Shailene appears to have conquered her inner conflict now that she has had time to recuperate without internet distractions.