Shailene Woodley on Coping with Fame after ‘Divergent’ and ‘Insurgent,’ Home Remedies and More

March 16, 2015

Shailene Woodley opens up on a variety of topics including how she is coping with fame, her views on medicine and alternative medicine, and more in a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian. The ‘Insurgent’ star is, as always, outspoken and unabashed when it comes to revealing, and indeed celebrating her individuality.

Shailene Woodley

The 23-year-old Shailene Woodley is back on the scene sharing her characteristically refreshing and unorthodox viewpoints in every print magazine interview. This time around it’s The Guardian in the UK. After the success of ‘Divergent’ which made her a star, she reprises her role as Beatrice “Tris” Prior in the sequel, ‘Insurgent.’ It’s the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling trilogy of YA dystopian novels.

The rise to fame has been sudden, and it’s among the topics she discussed with the newspaper. She spoke of her hesitancy to sign on to the ‘Divergent’ franchise, saying, “I had said, growing up as a child actor, that I’d never be a part of a big studio franchise, because I never wanted that sort of recognition around the globe. I liked doing smaller roles and I really just love acting because I like being on a movie set and that’s it. So I definitely had my doubts, but having said yes, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Now reflecting in the aftermath of the success of ‘Divergent’ she said, ““The fear was loss of anonymity in a way, but I really haven’t lost much of my anonymity. I can still live the life I’ve been living. I’m busier, but I would love to continue exploring and living this nomadic lifestyle.”

Woodley famously did not have a cell phone after appearing in ‘Divergent’ and she was asked about this, naturally. She told ‘The Guardian,’ “I just realised that a phone wasn’t necessary in my life at that time, so I didn’t have one for a bit. I feel like we place too much importance on ourselves and on people needing to get hold of us. There is a responsibility that you have no matter what job you do to show up for people and to not let people down. But the ways you get from A to B can all be different and varying.”

Woodley told the newspaper that she prepares her own home remedies and explained her thoughts on medicine and alternative medicine. She said, ““Yeah, absolutely. I’m a fan of western medicine as well, because if you have something that could be life-threatening, antibiotics save lives every day.”

She continued, saying, “But the thing with medicine nowadays is there’s this lack of understanding of our bodies on a deep personal level. If you have a headache or insomnia, it’s so much easier to take a pill for that than to deal with the core problem, which could be a very simple fix. I haven’t taken Advil since I was a kid. It’s probably been close to 10 years.”

You can see more excerpts from Shailene Woodley’s interview with The Guardian here. She speaks about the other movies that have brought her critical acclaim and notoriety including ‘White Birds in a Blizzard’ as well as her upcoming appearance in the Edward Snowden biopic directed by Oliver Stone in which she portrays Snowden’s girlfriend, the dancer Lindsay Mills. It’s a classic long read, and a must read for fans of Shailene Woodley.

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