About the nominee
Shailene Woodley is best known for her award winning performance opposite George Clooney in 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® for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® nomination and a Critics Choice award nomination. Variety said of her performance, “Woodley is a revelation in the role of Alex, displaying both the edge and the depth that the role demands.” A.O. Scott of the New York Times agreed saying Woodley gives, “one of the toughest, smartest, most credible adolescent performances in recent memory.”
Shailene most recently starred 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 the most respected critics in the country and it dominated the box office on opening weekend. The film has earned over $250 million worldwide thus far.
Shailene also cemented her status as a star in the big screen version of Divergent for Lionsgate, based on the popular young adult novel of the same name from best-selling author Veronica Roth.
Just prior to that, Shailene 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; and Shailene was nominated for a Gotham Award, and an Independent Spirit Award® for Best Actress.
Shailene next starred in the dramatic film White Bird in a Blizzard for director Gregg Araki, which premiered at Sundance in January 2014.
Fans worldwide are also anticipating the return of Tris in the next installment of the Divergent series, entitled Insurgent, which will be released all over the world in March 2015. Shailene’s character Tris will pick up where she left off as the newest member of the Dauntless faction.
Shailene began her career at the age of five when an agent recognised her potential and signed her in an instant, and she has been working ever since. She cut her teeth in commercials and then earned her first TV role in Replacing Dad, which starred two time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell.
Other roles include playing the lead character in the hit ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager for five years; the lead in the popular 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 Margaret and Matthew Settle in the TV movie A Place Called Home.
When she is not on set, Shailene spends as much time outdoors as possible thinking of ways she can help keep the environment beautiful and healthy for future generations.