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Shailene Woodley Slams 'Twilight' to 'Teen Vogue': It's About An Unhealthy, Toxic Relationship

Shailene Woodley Slams 'Twilight' to 'Teen Vogue': It's About An Unhealthy, Toxic Relationship

Shailene Woodley is ready for her close up on the cover of Teen Vogue magazine’s April 2014 issue.

Here’s what the 22-year-old Divergent actress had to share with the mag:

On the Twilight series: “Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.”

On hooking up with co-stars: “I haven’t had time to think about a relationship! I literally have not had a boyfriend in almost five years. I’ve never even hooked up with anybody I’ve worked on a movie with…[After filming ends,] well, that might have happened on something.”

On not changing herself: “I was once told by a studio that I needed to make my look more cosmopolitan, that I needed to create a persona. I looked at them and said, ‘You just told me I wasn’t good enough to be myself. And that is not OK.”

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Also pictured inside: Shailene and Theo James promoting Divergent on the Todayshow on Wednesday (March 12) in New York City.

FYI: Shailene is wearing an AllSaints jacket for her Today show appearance.

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  • Lauren

    Why do people attack Twilight? This comment from Shailene was unnecessary.
    I’ve never seen Twilight actors badmouthing other films and actors.

    Who says … unfortunate

  • Domino

    Hahaha, I’ve only heard of her recently but I already like her.

  • Mary

    If I’m ever parent to a girl, I hope she grows up like the king of girl Shailene is. She’s so grounded and well spoken and smart about bullshit, you need not to worry about her.

  • Lara

    @Lauren: That would be because Twilight is a piece of sh*t, hun.

  • Kat

    I know people give her a hard time, but I really like her. She speaks her mind, is honest, and has a healthy attitude about who she is and what she does. I wish more young women were like this.

  • Oli

    She was probably asked about it. You know, the way interviews usually go…
    And her answer was smart, she didn’t slam it just for the sake of it but she also gave a reason for opinion. That’s the way intelligente people speak !

  • Kat

    @Lauren: That’s because they’re too busy badmouthing their OWN film. Go watch any of Rob’s interviews. Entertaining as hell.

    Twilight is fiction and I get that fiction isn’t always going to be a good “to do” list of how to live life, but seriously… it is trash that really GLORIFIES Bella’s behaviour. It’s one thing to discuss destructive behaviour like that, but it’s really making it seem romantic and sweet instead of what it really is: destructive and creepy.

  • Olivia

    I love Shailene and I love that she keeps it real. She should have gotten that Oscar nomination for the Descendants. She out shined George Clooney.

  • Shannon

    Rob Pattinson himself hates Twilight. No one would do it if it were not for the paycheck. You go Shailene. Speak the truth for all the sensible people in the world.


    The most toxic thing about today’s pop culture relationships is that they are mostly based upon the false non Biblical doctrines of monogamy. Like at the end of that iconic 1980s relationship movie entitled, About Last Night. Wherein Demi Moore asks herself, ‘Why are we doing this?’.

  • sabrina

    @Lauren: She didn’t bad mouth the film or the actors. She badmouthed the type of relationship it was presenting. I read the first book and saw the first two movies. Bella whines through the movies and her life is over if Edwin doesn’t love her yada yada yada. GET REAL. this isn’t real or true love.

  • leah

    I don’t really know her … i love the divergent saga , but I don’t know there is something about her that I don’t like – I guess I’ll have to wait for the movie to come out . Plus she is not the kinda of actress I would have imagined to play tris :/ …

  • Cara

    LEARN THE DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Caprice

    Nobody hates Twilight as much as Robert Pattinson. He pretty much admitted he just did it for the money and fame.

  • http://elo_sandra Alexandra

    Shailene completely agree with you.

  • Sayer

    She’s becoming as annoying as Anne Hathaway. She needs to stop talking. Divergent won’t be nearly as big as Twilight.

  • Nate

    Her comment about Twilight same you can say about Romeo and Juliet but both this stories not do any harm to anyone but this action movies where teenagers kill each other yes this is unhealthy     

  • Cindy


    they kill because the adults and the government make them do it. the teenagers didn’t choose it to be that way. Same with the hunger games.

    do not compare that twilight shit to a masterpiece like romeo and juliet.

  • sweetpea

    I’ve read the saga multiple times and I know Bella was NOT trying to kill herself after Edward left.
    Geez – maybe she should read those books or watch the (awful) movies BEFORE stating the opinion?

  • Nate

    @Cindy: Lol it doesn’t matter why they kill each other in fact this movies has violence and kids killings and Twilight is about forbidden love like Romeo and Juliet   

  • Jenna

    I agree with her 150%. Not to mention that it was about a relationship where the guy stalked her half of the time. I love that girls like her and Lena Dunham are coming to the forefront!

  • Ha

    What she said about Twilight is THE TRUTH, people. Get over it!

  • Lala

    Already like her! She’s smart and have a great personality.

  • Jane

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love this girl more she just keeps impressing me. Agree with her 10000%

  • Isabel

    She’s a smart girl who’s comfortable in her own skin. Good for her.

  • Tyla

    I think it’s interesting that she portrays herself in interviews to be this mature, opinionated, strong-willed woman. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it’s a great thing. BUT Shailene is not like that in real life at all. Girl has had a lot of issues with herself. But if this is the real her now, then good for her.

  • Caroline

    “BUT Shailene is not like that in real life at all. Girl has had a lot of issues with herself”

    did you pull that shit out of your ass? you don’t know her. she’s extremely private.

  • ANON R

    @sweetpea: ”

    Uh.. she threw herself off a cliff. Just to see a hallucination of him.

  • DanaJ

    Oh dear – I had no idea – this girl is so annoying and preachy. It’s sad, she’s way too young for it. Better go out with boys. have some fun. maybe some sex.

  • Caroline

    ” Better go out with boys. have some fun. maybe some sex.”
    isn’t that what Kristen did in a car with her married director?
    you Twilight fans are pathetic

  • Grating

    She’s already getting a little grating…

  • hi

    Says the girl who worked on a show where the solution to everyone’s problems were sex and pregnancy. Because that is definitely going to help us evolve

  • Liz

    What she said about Twilight is so true and it’s actually sad that it was not an issue more talked about when the films came out. The films could be better if Bella wasn’t so weak and pathetic.

  • Jen

    I love Shailene. Grabbing all the young desired female roles. Divergent, The Spectacular Now, and The Fault In Our Stars. And if she is MJ in spiderman 3 she will be the most famous young actress. Plus she’s got the acting skills to nail all those parts.

  • Dan

    Does she know what FICTION is?!!! She needs to understand the industry she is in. I hope she doesn’t think Divergent is real. A vampire movie is not real. So sad. Where are her parents? She really tries to hard.


    Another Ann Hathaway. FULL OF HERSELF!!!!!!

  • Living in a box

    The reason why she slams Twilight because she doesn’t want people compared Divergent and Twilight. After Twilight there is no successful film based on young adults.

  • Frannie

    @living in a box

    your name fits you perfectly.
    ever heard of a little series called The Hunger Games?

  • Fercat

    Lacks charisma.

  • Black-Dahlia

    She does lack charisma and most definetely is trying too hard to be ‘the honest one’.

  • Sim

    @Caroline: Another crazy fans rob earth and kristen kissing man in the car, this is what people see you when I’m dreaming now myslite doing there, you were there and exploitation of’ll eat what did pathetic

  • SS

    esta ciega o no vive en este mundo hoy no hay peliculas que no fomente violencia drogas, sexo incluso son dominadas al oscar de que mensaje habla entonces donde los jovenes piensan que es normal ya que son premiadas los juegos de hambre la pelicula hay violencia ……o esta llamando la atencion para que compre la revista incluso sus peliculas nada buenas … bueno cada quien con sus gusto…..TWILIGHT tiene miles de fans en todo el mundo y con eso no se puede

  • Isabella

    Neither will you, sweetie. Or your awful roles. At “evolving the world”, I mean.

  • Clarissa

    Tris from Divergent is really brave and intelligent and she ‘do things’. Unlike Bella. I get that she’s meant to be portrayed as brave, but she doesn’t really project it. And sometimes, she’s sentimental and can’t seem to gain control of her problems.

  • marvel

    She thinks she is going to be the next Jennifer Lawrence. Sorry Shailene, you don’t have mass appeal.

  • Colbert

    Love her comment on twilight (because it’s true)

  • Zoë

    I agree with Shailene. I’m not saying that everybody is going to die for their boy or girlfriend now, but it’s quite influential. There are a lot of people out there that see Twilight as their favorite movie and adore it so much it seems they would’ve wanted it to be real. I don’t believe that it’s that harmful though, it’s just a entertaining unrealistic movie. But teenage films are always like that. Though I like Hunger Games a lot more than Twilight, they’re the same genre just like Divergent.
    They’re all kind of the same, although the stories are completely different.
    And I also like Shailene.

  • Zoë

    Interviews always go like this though

  • Saab

    I really like Shailene Woodley. She is herself and she speaks what’s on her mind. Of course there are lots of people who like Twilight – so let it be. She’s kinda right about what she says about Twilight. But it’s not like Divergent is a totally different movie – there both in the same street.

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