Kat Graham puts on a leggy display in thigh-split purple mini dress

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Daily Mail 16 July, 2021 - 09:35am 4 views

By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline

She's been bringing the glamour to the Cannes Film Festival this year.

And Kat Graham looked incredible yet again as she stepped out in the South of France on Friday wearing a purple mini dress. 

The Vampire Diaries star, 31, looked every inch the style queen putting on a leggy display in the thigh-split number.

Wow! Kat Graham looked incredible yet again as she stepped out in the South of France on Friday wearing a purple mini dress

She silk shirt dress featured buttons down the front and showed off her stunning figure.

Kat completed the look with pastel green high heels and carried a large nude leather bag with her full of all the essentials.

The beauty wore her brunette tresses in a slicked back style and opted for typically glamorous makeup while donning statement gold earrings. 

Beauty: The Vampire Diaries star, 31, looked every inch the style queen putting on a leggy display in the thigh-split number

Work it: She silk shirt dress featured buttons down the front and showed off her incredible figure

The 74th Cannes Film Festival is well underway and we've already been treated to a smorgasbord of outfit inspiration. From Bella Hadid in Schiaparelli to Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann, the style alone has been a box office smash as far as we're concerned.

Today Kat Graham made an appearance in an off-duty look that has got us seeing hearts! The Vampire Diaries star stunned in a satin shirt dress by The Attico, teamed with green strappy sandals, a statement bag and gold earrings.

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While Kat has been wearing her hair straight in Cannes, she said earlier this year that she has 'finally learned to accept' her natural curly tresses.

'I've really learned to accept my curls, my 'fro and my African roots,' she told Du Jour magazine.

She explained that as a child, her white mother didn't know how to handle her textured hair and recalled being dropped off alone to a black-run hair salon by her desperate mother when she was only six. 

Lovely: Kat completed the look with pastel green high heels and carried a large nude leather bag with her full of all the essentials

Glowing: The beauty wore her brunette tresses in a slicked back style and opted for typically glamorous makeup while donning statement gold earrings

All smiles: Kat looked sensational as she beamed for the camera while wearing her purple outfit 

The beauty shop visits left a lasting impression on the actress, who felt 'rejected' in a way. 

'My mum would just drop me off at the salon. Emotionally, it felt like I was being rejected because my parent couldn't really handle it,' she explained.

She began to value more 'manageable' locks, associating them with success in her personal and professional life. But now she's come to embrace her natural beauty.

'Whether you're black or not, we all struggle with self-acceptance,' she said, 'and we all have our own individual journeys.'

Curly girly: While Kat has been wearing her hair straight in Cannes, she said earlier this year that she has 'finally learned to accept' her natural curly tresses

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Shailene Woodley Explained Why She And Aaron Rodgers Kept Their Engagement A Secret For "Months And Months"

BuzzFeed 16 July, 2021 - 12:30pm

My love life has been an unmitigated disaster during the pandemic, but then again, I am not a celebrity. 

Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers hid engagement for ‘months and months’

Page Six 16 July, 2021 - 12:04pm

July 16, 2021 | 1:04pm

Shailene Woodley enjoyed keeping her engagement to Aaron Rodgers a secret “for months and months.”

The “Big Little Lies” star, 29, admitted in a new interview that she and the Green Bay Packers quarterback, 37, kept the news between the two of them for as long as possible.

“When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn’t want someone else to do it before we did,” Woodley told the Hollywood Reporter in her cover story published Friday.

“And we didn’t do it for months and months after we had become engaged, but the reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, ‘Let’s just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble.'”

The couple first sparked dating rumors in July 2020, but Rodgers did not announce their engagement until February. Even then, he did not name Woodley as his fiancée.

Last month, the actress told Shape that she and the NFL player moved in together pretty quickly and “jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early.”

While Woodley’s engagement news is now out there, she told the Hollywood Reporter she has a “pretty debilitating” health condition that she is content keeping a private matter.

“I’m on the tail end of it, which is very exciting, but it’s an interesting thing, going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, what you look like,” she said. “It spun me out for a while. You feel so incredibly isolated and alone. Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm or a broken leg, it’s really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you’re experiencing when it’s a silent, quiet and invisible pain.”

Shailene Woodley Reveals the Agreement She and Aaron Rodgers Made After Getting Engaged

Yahoo Entertainment 16 July, 2021 - 11:53am

Of course, the defense saw right through that one. As reports about their romance spread, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and the actress knew they'd have to go public with their relationship sooner rather than later. So, Rodgers announced his engagement during his MVP acceptance speech at the NFL Honors in February, and Woodley confirmed the news in a Tonight Show interview a few weeks later.

"When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn't want someone else to do it before we did," she explained in The Hollywood Reporter's latest cover story. "And we didn't do it for months and months after we had become engaged, but the reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, ‘Let's just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble.'"

According to the magazine, the two were introduced through mutual friends, both musicians, and grew their bond during the pandemic, moving in together within a few months and traveling back and forth between California and Wisconsin.

"You could travel, but you had masks on," Woodley recalled. "There was a sense of anonymity that otherwise I don't think we would have had. We were really able to get to know one another the way we wanted to get to know one another and not have any noise or chaos around us."

This is basically a page straight out of Rodgers' playbook. The longtime QB has been known to be pretty private, even keeping the sports world in suspense as rumors about his NFL future continue to make headlines. And though fans have gotten a glimpse into their world—the pair were spotted vacationing in Hawaii and Disney World and the Big Little Lies alum showed her support during Rodgers' Jeopardy! hosting gig—neither he nor Woodley has ever seemed super fond of the attention that comes with living in the public eye.

"I didn't want fame," she explained. "I didn't have in my head, 'I want to be at the Oscars one day.' In school, I never told people I was an actor. Kids would be like, ‘I saw you on My Name Is Earl last night,' and it was like a taunting, a way of making me feel insecure at the time."

She even took two years off from acting to backpack around the world after starring in the 2011 movie The Descendants and later had to turn down work because of a health condition. "It was pretty debilitating," she shared. "I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to but because I physically couldn't participate in them. And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn't take care of myself. The self-inflicted pressure of not wanting to be helped or taken care of created more physical unrest throughout those years."

Now, she she's "on the tail end of it," she explained, and has tried to find the silver lining. "It made me learn the incredibly difficult life task of not caring what people think about you very quickly," The Fault in Our Stars alum said. "The more I paid attention to the noise that was surrounding me, the longer it was taking my body and my mind to heal because I wasn't focused on myself, I was focused on an image of myself via the lens of everyone around us."

And she tries to keep this lesson in mind as she continues to live in the spotlight. "It's just easier, in my opinion, to be open," Woodley said. "I really don't feel there's any need to put on a face or be anything other than who you are because otherwise it's exhausting. You always f--king remember the truth.…It's really hard to keep up with the lies or the fabrications or the masks that we put on out of self-preservation. The only person that ends up coming back to haunt is ourselves."

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Yahoo Lifestyle 16 July, 2021 - 11:42am

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, July 16, Woodley revealed that she and Rodgers met through mutual friends who are musicians and moved in together within a few months of their first introductions. The couple traveled between Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Rodgers plays for the Green Bay Packers, and Los Angeles, where Woodley, lives for the first few months of their relationship. “There was a sense of anonymity that otherwise I don’t think we would have had. We were really able to get to know one another the way we wanted to get to know one another and not have any noise or chaos around us,” she said.

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Shailene Woodley Says She and Aaron Rodgers Chose to 'Stay in Our Little Bubble' After Engagement

Yahoo Entertainment 16 July, 2021 - 10:54am

While chatting with The Hollywood Reporter for their latest cover story, the 29-year-old actress opened up about her romance with the quarterback, 37, and why the pair didn't initially share their engagement news with the world.

"When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn't want someone else to do it before we did," Woodley said. "And we didn't do it for months and months after we had become engaged."

"But the reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, 'Let's just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble,'" the Big Little Lies star added.

Woodley and Rodgers were first romantically linked back in February. At the time, PEOPLE confirmed their relationship with a source sharing that Rodgers was very happy with Woodley.

Getty (2) Aaron Rodgers, Shailene Woodley

Then days later, the football star announced their surprise engagement in his acceptance speech when he was named the league's MVP during the NFL Honors broadcast on Feb. 6.

Later in February, Woodley also confirmed their engagement, telling late-night host Jimmy Fallon: "Yes, we are engaged. But for us, it's not new news, you know, so it's kind of funny. Everyone right now is freaking out over it and we're like, 'Yeah, we've been engaged for a while.'"

Rodgers has also raved about his wife-to-be and their relationship during an Instagram Live in March. "I'm recently engaged, so been enjoying that part of my life," he said at the time. "Obviously that's the best thing that's happened to me in the last year."

The NFL player previously dated race car driver Danica Patrick from January 2018 to July 2020. Woodley was last romantically linked to rugby player Ben Volavola, whom she met in January 2018 while filming Adrift, before revealing their split in an April 2020 interview with The New York Times.

While recently chatting with Shape for a cover interview for their July/August issue, Woodley also described her romance with her husband-to-be as nothing short of destiny.

"I have the perspective that I would have met Aaron in any context, any space in time, because I feel we were meant to be together," she said of their whirlwind romance. "Starting a relationship where you immediately move in with someone — because it's a pandemic and you can't just get on a plane and go back and forth on weekends — taught us a lot about each other very quickly."

"We jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early," Woodley added.

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Entertainment Tonight 16 July, 2021 - 10:36am

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 29-year-old actress gets candid about an illness she's been struggling with privately, telling the outlet, "It was pretty debilitating."

"I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to, but because I physically couldn't participate in them," she explains. "And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn't take care of myself. The self-inflicted pressure of not wanting to be helped or taken care of created more physical unrest throughout those years."

Woodley says that her health is improving now, but experiencing it all is something she'll never forget.

"I'm on the tail end of it, which is very exciting, but it's an interesting thing, going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, what you look like," she says. "It spun me out for a while. You feel so incredibly isolated and alone."

"Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm or a broken leg, it's really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you’re experiencing when it’s a silent, quiet and invisible pain," she adds.

Woodley also admits that struggling with a health battle has taught her a lot, like "the incredibly difficult life task of not caring what people think about you."

"The more I paid attention to the noise that was surrounding me, the longer it was taking my body and my mind to heal," she explains. "Because I wasn't focused on myself, I was focused on an image of myself via the lens of everyone around us."

The Big Little Lies star first spoke about her condition in an interview with The New York Times in April 2020.

"I haven't spoken much about this yet publicly, and I will one day, but I was very, very sick in my early 20s. While I was doing the Divergent movies and working hard, I also was struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation," she said at the time. "Because of that, I said no to a lot of opportunities because I needed to get better, and those jobs ended up going to peers of mine who I love. They went on to a lot of success."

Woodley told the outlet that she remembered thinking, "Am I going to survive what I'm going through right now, and ever be healthy? Or even have the opportunity to work on projects I'm passionate about again because of the situation I'm in?"

"I was in a place where I had no choice but to just surrender and let go of my career, and it brought out this negative voice in my mind that kept spinning for years and years afterward," she admitted. "Now I'm on the other side of it, thank God."

"A lot of the last few years has been about focusing on mental health for me, and it's a slow process. But because of that work, I feel very grounded and rooted in who I am and very clear about everything in my life, whether it's my career or my relationships or my own internal worth," she continued. "I feel very grateful to have walked that line of fire, because now I know what I don't want to ever go back to."

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Shailene Woodley Discusses the Reaction to Her Engagement to Aaron Rodgers

Us Weekly 16 July, 2021 - 10:26am

“When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn’t want someone else to do it before we did,” Woodley, 29, explained to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, July 16. “And we didn’t do it for months and months after we had become engaged, but the reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, ‘Let’s just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble.’”

The Big Little Lies alum and Rodgers, 37, first sparked romance rumors in July 2020. Us Weekly confirmed that the pair were dating in February.

“They started off as friends, but things have turned romantic,” a source told Us at the time.

Days later, the Green Bay Packers quarterback revealed that they had taken the next step in their relationship.

“I got engaged and played some of the best football of my career,” Rodgers said while accepting the AP Most Valuable Player Award for the 2020 NFL football season and later giving a shout-out to “my fiancée.”

At the time, the actress confirmed that she and the athlete have been quietly enjoying the new milestone for some time.

“It’s kind of funny. Everybody right now is freaking out over it and we’re like, ‘Yeah, we’ve been engaged for a while,’” Woodley clarified during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in February. “He’s, first off, just a wonderful, incredible human being. But I never thought I’d be engaged with somebody who threw balls for a living.”

The Divergent star discussed how the twosome met during the coronavirus pandemic and she’s never actually seen Rodgers at work.

“We met during this whacky, whacky time and all the stadiums were closed that he was playing in. I didn’t really grow up with sports, especially American sports. It was never really on my radar,” she noted. “When we met, also, I knew he was a football guy, but I didn’t know like what kind of a football guy he was. And I’m still constantly learning.”

Woodley has since opened up about the benefits of their romance progressing so quickly.

“Starting a relationship where you immediately move in with someone — because it’s a pandemic and you can’t just get on a plane and go back and forth on weekends — taught us a lot about each other very quickly,” the California native told Shape Magazine in June. “We jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early.”

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Shailene Woodley on Struggling with 'Debilitating' Health Condition: 'It Spun Me Out for a While'

Yahoo Entertainment 16 July, 2021 - 09:28am

Shailene Woodley is discussing a major health concern she has faced, one that forced her to turn down roles because she "physically couldn't participate in them." 

The Last Letter from Your Lover actress opens up to The Hollywood Reporter in a new cover story, getting candid about an illness she has struggled with but is now "on the tail end of." Woodley, 29, previously revealed she was "very, very sick in her early 20s," though she hasn't shared much about the condition.

"It was pretty debilitating. I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to but because I physically couldn't participate in them," Woodley recalled. "And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn't take care of myself. The self-inflicted pressure of not wanting to be helped or taken care of created more physical unrest throughout those years." 

"I'm on the tail end of it, which is very exciting, but it's an interesting thing, going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, what you look like. It spun me out for a while," she added. "You feel so incredibly isolated and alone."

The Big Little Lies star described what it's like suffering from a condition that isn't externally observable to others: "Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm or a broken leg, it's really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you're experiencing when it's a silent, quiet and invisible pain."

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Woodley also shared what she learned from the health battle.

"It made me learn the incredibly difficult life task of not caring what people think about you very quickly. The more I paid attention to the noise that was surrounding me, the longer it was taking my body and my mind to heal because I wasn't focused on myself, I was focused on an image of myself via the lens of everyone around us," she said.

Back in April 2020, Woodley told The New York Times about her health struggle, saying at the time, "I haven't spoken much about this yet publicly, and I will one day, but I was very, very sick in my early 20s. While I was doing the Divergent movies and working hard, I also was struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation."

"Because of that, I said no to a lot of opportunities because I needed to get better, and those jobs ended up going to peers of mine who I love," she added. "They went on to a lot of success."

Though Woodley continued to work, she worried whether she would ever be in a place again where her health wouldn't affect the projects she was able to take on.

" 'Am I going to survive what I'm going through right now and ever be healthy, or even have the opportunity to work on projects I'm passionate about again because of the situation I'm in?' " she remembered thinking. "I was in a place where I had no choice but to just surrender and let go of my career, and it brought out this negative voice in my mind that kept spinning for years and years afterward."

"Now I'm on the other side of it, thank God," said Woodley last year. "A lot of the last few years has been about focusing on mental health for me, and it's a slow process. But because of that work, I feel very grounded and rooted in who I am and very clear about everything in my life, whether it's my career or my relationships or my own internal worth. I feel very grateful to have walked that line of fire, because now I know what I don't want to ever go back to."

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Shailene Woodley on Why She Doesn’t “Live and Breathe Acting” and New Romances On and Off Screen: “I Love Love So Much!”

Hollywood Reporter 16 July, 2021 - 08:00am

The actress talks about battling a secret "physically dominating" illness, why she became closer to fiance Aaron Rodgers during the pandemic and her new Netflix adaptation 'The Last Letter From Your Lover.'

By Rebecca Keegan

A few years ago, Shailene Woodley found a journal she had kept while working as a child actor. “The day I’m on the cover of a magazine,” Woodley wrote when she was 7, “is the day I’m going to quit.”

“I didn’t want fame,” says Woodley, 29. “I didn’t have in my head, ‘I want to be at the Oscars one day.’ In school, I never told people I was an actor. Kids would be like, ‘I saw you on My Name Is Earl last night,’ and it was like a taunting, a way of making me feel insecure at the time.”

Woodley is sprawled on the floor in a house in L.A. in late June, scratching the ears of her 95-pound German shepherd rescue with her long red fingernails, the first manicure she can remember getting for fun instead of a role. “Normally when I’m not working, I don’t cut my hair, I don’t dye my hair, I don’t do anything to my body because I just like, wait until whatever’s next,” she says. “I’ve had nails for characters before, but I was like, ‘I’m going to do it for me.’ ”

This summer, Woodley plays a 1960s socialite whose seemingly perfect life is far more complicated than it looks in The Last Letter From Your Lover, a period romance due from Netflix on July 23. She also recently finished shooting a role as a talented but troubled police officer in the independent thriller Misanthrope, starred opposite Jodie Foster as an earnest young attorney in the STX legal drama The Mauritanian and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her part as a member of the cast of HBO’s soapy hit Big Little Lies.

Woodley’s recent roles represent a transition to playing fully grown-up characters — career women, lovers, a mother. And they come at a time when the actress is stepping into adulthood herself. She has a mortgage now, a dog to parent and a very well-known fiance, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

In a surprise to both of their fan bases, Rodgers announced that he was engaged in February during his NFL MVP acceptance speech, and two weeks later during an appearance on The Tonight Show, Woodley confirmed to Jimmy Fallon that she is to be the bride. “When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn’t want someone else to do it before we did,” Woodley says. “And we didn’t do it for months and months after we had become engaged, but the reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, ‘Let’s just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble.’ ”

Despite her youth, Woodley has lots of experience navigating the life of a public figure. In nearly 25 years as an actress, she has earned attention for inhabiting a range of gutsy-but-sensitive roles, as a sexual assault victim in Big Little Lies, a nonconformist teenager bent on saving the world in Summit Entertainment’s dystopian young-adult film trilogy Divergent and an adolescent cancer patient in Fox 2000’s The Fault in Our Stars. But she also has ducked out of the industry for long stretches — after breaking out and earning a Golden Globe nomination in Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants at age 18 in 2011, she took two years off. “All the opportunities that were coming to me were huge, huge blockbuster films that maybe to my lawyers looked like great opportunities but to me didn’t represent any creativity,” she says. In between jobs in her late teens and early 20s, she took months-long backpacking journeys in Europe and the U.S., some years earning just $15,000 and sleeping on friends’ sofas. At the time, Woodley was more focused on planning camping trips and studying outdoor survival skills than taking meetings or walking red carpets. “I look back on my 18-, 19-, 22-year-old self and I’m in awe of my ability to say no,” she says. “I had no responsibilities. I got rid of mostly everything I owned and lived out of a suitcase. I didn’t feel pressure to work to make money. It was a very simple life. Because I wasn’t surrounded by the rhetoric of this industry and of Hollywood, I don’t think I knew anything other than saying no.”

On one of her backpacking trips through Italy with a friend, when she was staying in hostels and sleeping on trains, she connected with her Descendants co-star George Clooney, who has a home near Lake Como. “We’re staying in some shitty hostel in the middle of Milan, and he was like, ‘Send me your address. I’ll send a car,’ ” Woodley says. “I was like, ‘No, we’ll just get a train.’ He was like, ‘Give me your fucking address.’ So I gave him the address and we come outside, it’s this beautiful Lincoln Town Car and these scraggly, dirty women with our backpacks. That was a sweet, funny moment in life where I got to experience so many different worlds from such a young age, the really big lives and the really small lives. I feel so fucking grateful that the perspectives that I’ve been given now as an adult have all come through my desire as a young person to not spend all of my time in L.A. trying to pursue a career or to be something that I wasn’t.”

On occasion, Woodley turned down work because of a health condition about which she has shared little publicly. “It was pretty debilitating,” she says. “I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to but because I physically couldn’t participate in them. And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn’t take care of myself. The self-inflicted pressure of not wanting to be helped or taken care of created more physical unrest throughout those years.” Woodley says her health is improving but that the experience left a lasting mark on her. “I’m on the tail end of it, which is very exciting, but it’s an interesting thing, going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, what you look like,” she says. “It spun me out for a while. You feel so incredibly isolated and alone. Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm or a broken leg, it’s really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you’re experiencing when it’s a silent, quiet and invisible pain.”

One impact of Woodley’s illness has been positive, however: It inoculated her against what she sees as a key sickness of the internet age. “It made me learn the incredibly difficult life task of not caring what people think about you very quickly,” Woodley says. “The more I paid attention to the noise that was surrounding me, the longer it was taking my body and my mind to heal because I wasn’t focused on myself, I was focused on an image of myself via the lens of everyone around us.” The disconnect of trying to project happiness when going through pain is one she sees plaguing her peers who are curating a perfect life on Instagram. “I have so much compassion for my generation, for the generation after me with what people struggle through when it comes to social media and the addictive qualities of validation and the self-destructive qualities that come from externalized validation that’s through a 2D screen.” Woodley’s Instagram account veers between the goofy and the sincere — conversations with her astrologer, boomerangs of her drinking wine, promotions for upcoming acting projects and action alerts about political causes.

Woodley grew up in Simi Valley, California, the daughter of two psychologists, and started acting at age 5 in small TV parts, first gaining some attention for her starring role in the ABC drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager. As a kid, Woodley says she viewed acting as “this secret hobby.” “I always had the vision that when I was an adult, I would have a different career,” she says. “Obviously, it is my career now. It’s what I spend most of my time doing, but I don’t live and breathe acting.”

Beginning in her teens, Woodley has devoted much of her life to activism, getting arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016, campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 and 2020 elections and becoming an ambassador for Greenpeace with a focus on the oceans. (A 20-year-old RV she lived in for months while caravanning for the Democratic National Committee in 2016 is parked in the driveway.)

Perhaps some of that can be traced to the empathic ethos that she says her parents “drilled into my brother and me as children,” she says. “When we were kids, if somebody was bullying us, the conversation was always, ‘I’m sorry that you got hurt, Shai,’ and also, ‘You can’t be upset with that person because you don’t know what’s going on at their home. How do you think they learned to bully? They were probably bullied at home or they probably saw someone else being bullied.’ It was this idea that we never know what’s behind the cover of something, and judgment or assumption really does nothing but poison ourselves.”

In December, at the height of the pandemic, she took a 20-hour trip comprising four flights, a car and a boat ride to get from Rodgers’ house in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the rain forest in Patagonia as part of a partnership with Karun, a company that makes eyeglass frames out of ocean plastics. “It’s very easy to go to a protest and snap a photo and hashtag it,” Woodley says. “Those are the sexy ways to participate in things. The uncomfortable, difficult ways are when you actually change legislation because that can be a 10-, 20-, 30-year process, or when you create whole new systems.”

Woodley traces her environmentalist streak to a surprising source: The Goonies, the 1985 adventure comedy directed by the recently deceased Richard Donner about a bunch of suburban kids searching for the long-lost treasure of One-Eyed Willy. “Watching these kids on this mad adventure through nature, they were underground, they weren’t in some factory, they weren’t in some building,” she says. “As a kid, watching that made me see nature around us as a playground. And because we grew up camping, my brother and I would be running for hours and hours and hours, doing make-believe, creating stories, playing different characters with one another. Nature became the source of true play and true freedom and unbridled adventure. As I got older and I saw the way that we treated nature around us, it was just so devastating to me.”

Coming of age as an actress amid the #MeToo movement, Woodley has seen positive changes in the industry but also a shift in women’s roles that feels limiting to her. “There’s so many stories out there right now about strong, empowered females,” Woodley says. “I laugh when I read these stories because maybe I know literally two strong, empowered females out of all of my friends and myself included. My hope is that more stories come out that explore the intricacies of what feminine energy looks like and not just this desire to represent females from a strong, empowered standpoint. Because there’s a lot underneath there that’s messy, jealous, conspiratorial, competitive, kind, mothering, generous, thoughtful. There are so many aspects to it that I hope continue to be explored deeper.”

Woodley was drawn to The Last Letter From Your Lover, an adaptation of the 2008 Jojo Moyes novel, by the interwoven romances at its center. A contemporary journalist played by Felicity Jones finds a trove of letters from 1965 detailing Woodley’s character’s secret romance. The romance genre has lost favor in Hollywood as studios have single-mindedly focused on spectacles that sell overseas, but Woodley’s Last Letter From Your Lover director, Augustine Frizzell, sees cultural reasons for the dearth of love stories as well, as women from the Girlboss generation have been encouraged to downplay their amorous urgings. “For many years, women have gotten a bum rap as just love-hungry — that all they care about is finding a man or a partner,” Frizzell says. “Women are like, ‘That’s not all we’re about. Let’s focus on a strong career woman.’ Damn straight that’s not all we’re about. But there’s still room for the celebration of love.”

In Woodley, Frizzell found a like-minded romantic. “I love love so much,” Woodley says. “I love romance films, whether the old cheesy ones or the huge blockbuster ones or the super indie nuanced ones.” Her favorite films are romances of the type studios rarely make in the era of visual effects and intellectual property-driven franchises — Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge! “I hope that Last Letter is able to join that brigade, making people feel a yearning and a lust and a desire for life and a desire for emotion even when they’re on their couch at home.” Woodley is also an executive producer of Last Letter From Your Lover and was a uniquely dynamic presence on set, according to Frizzell. “Shailene is one of the only people I know who lives for the experience rather than the outcome,” Frizzell says. “She has no artifice. There’s just a brightness to her. A glow around her that follows her everywhere she goes.”

In 2020, Woodley appeared in another romantic drama, Drake Doremus’ largely improvised Endings, Beginnings, which Samuel Goldwyn released digitally during the early weeks of the pandemic. In the film, in which Woodley’s confused character is bouncing between two men, she has multiple passionate sex scenes. “I’ve never felt uncomfortable doing intimate scenes because I’m very vocal,” Woodley says. “I always sit down and talk with the director, the other actor. We always have conversations of, ‘How are you planning on shooting it? Is nudity necessary? Is it going to distract from the scene, add to the scene?’ We know exactly what the boundaries are. And I’ve never been in a situation where those things haven’t been honored.” She chooses realism over modesty. “Oftentimes in movies, you see two people having sex and the woman has her bra on, and in real life, I don’t think I ever did that, sex with a bra — or very, very rarely,” she says.

Doremus says Woodley’s directness and unselfconsciousness are rare among contemporary actors. “She’s not modern, she’s a throwback, like a French actress in the ’60s or something,” he says. “She owns her sexuality in a way that’s just so liberating and magical. She’s able to use her gut and her intuition a lot. She’s chill and easy and present and kind and thoughtful and humble. And just so not — I hate to say the word, but — actory.”

One of Woodley’s primary techniques as an actor is to think about what a character is trying not to reveal in a scene. “I’ve always been so fascinated with, ‘What is this person giving to me on the surface and what is behind their eyes?’ Because there are so many things that we don’t allow other people to see.” It’s a technique she applied to Jane, her character in Big Little Lies, a middle-class single mother who became pregnant from a sexual assault and is attempting to fit in among the residents of a wealthy, insular, status-conscious coastal California town. “From the very first scene I shared with Shailene, I was mesmerized by how natural her instincts were,” says Woodley’s Big Little Lies co-star Reese Witherspoon. “There’s a scene where Jane explains her assault to [her son] Ziggy that moves me to tears every time I see it.” Although the series, which has won eight Emmys and averaged 10 million viewers per episode, seemingly ended after its second season in 2019, Woodley says she and her castmates are eager to shoot a third season. “We all constantly say, ‘When are we doing season three? How do we make that happen?’ ” Woodley says. “I’d like to say, knock on wood, that it is happening. The biggest thing is everyone’s schedules and getting the scripts written and just making a commitment.”

Woodley’s schedule, like the rest of the world’s, was dramatically slowed by the pandemic. “I loved it at first,” she says. “I hadn’t been home that long since I was maybe 17. It was a blessing in so many ways even to just hang the pictures on the wall that I’ve never gotten around to hanging and spend time with myself uninterrupted and bond with this guy” — she gestures at her dog. “He was originally supposed to be a police dog, but he was too nice and he got kicked out of the police academy,” she says.
As the world now knows, Woodley also spent the pandemic getting close to Rodgers, whom she met through mutual friends who are musicians. Within months, they moved in together and shuttled between Green Bay and Los Angeles. “You could travel, but you had masks on,” Woodley says. “There was a sense of anonymity that otherwise I don’t think we would have had. We were really able to get to know one another the way we wanted to get to know one another and not have any noise or chaos around us.” She helped Rodgers prepare to host Jeopardy!, which he did in April, and they shared caring for their dog. Woodley, who had never seen a football game before dating Rodgers, was unprepared for the intense response to their partnership, as when a promotional video they shot at Disney World for Disney Parks in April with her wearing Mickey Mouse ears and Rodgers talking about their “cuddle time” went viral.

Woodley has industry friends, like her Spectacular Now and Divergent castmate Miles Teller, who traveled to Hawaii with his wife, Woodley and Rodgers in May. But most of her socializing, she says, is with people from her off-camera life, like two women she met on a train platform in Spain while backpacking. She has reached the age where most of her friends are getting married and having children, and she spent the morning of this interview planning a bachelorette party for a friend. “It’s a lot of trying to navigate experiences for others that you love so much, though you’ve never been through them yourself,” Woodley says. “To hold that space and know what to say and how to say it but also be completely transparent that I have zero idea what it’s like to push a baby out of myself.”

In August, Woodley will start shooting the independent comedy Robots, opposite British comedian Jack Whitehall, from Borat writer Anthony Hines. “I’ve never really done a comedy before,” Woodley says. “I definitely have a lot of — anxiety is not the right way to describe it, but … the terror that I’m feeling for it is also what makes me know that I’m over-the-moon excited about it.”

While she’s adjusting to the new attention brought by her engagement to Rodgers, Woodley is committed to holding on to the honesty that has taken her this far. “It’s just easier, in my opinion, to be open,” she says. “I really don’t feel there’s any need to put on a face or be anything other than who you are because otherwise it’s exhausting. You always fucking remember the truth. … It’s really hard to keep up with the lies or the fabrications or the masks that we put on out of self-preservation. The only person that ends up coming back to haunt is ourselves.”

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