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Shailene Woodley Doesn't Like Labels to Define Her

Shailene Woodley Doesn't Like Labels to Define Her

Shailene Woodley bares her midriff on the cover of Nylon magazine’s April 2015 issue, out on newsstands on March 31!

Here’s what the 23-year-old actress had to share:

On her career path: “Two years ago it was very easy for me to understand and also emotionally tell the story of a 16-year-old, and now, I feel like I could not tell that story as truthfully because I just can’t empathize with it. I’m not there on an emotional level anymore.”

On her character Tris in the Divergent series: “When fear comes knocking on her door, she doesn’t run away”she stands up to it… And I thought that was a really beautiful message to be sending out to young women. Tris was not born a superhero, but what I love about her is that you can watch her progression into a strong young woman. Whenever I go back to playing Tris, I feel like, yes, I’m going back to Tris, but I am also going back to Shai and who Shai was in 2012, and who she was in 2014. If I hadn’t changed, it would be easier…but the last two years have been very powerful for me. I’m starting to empower myself.”

On feminism: “The reason why I don’t like to say that I am a feminist or I am not a feminist is because to me it’s still a label. I do not want to be defined by one thing. Why do we have to have that label to divide us? We should all be able to embrace one another regardless of our belief system and regardless of the labels that we have put upon ourselves.”

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  • james white

    Can Hollywood stop putting her in movies? Shes not even that good of an actress, okay performance in tfios and her performance is awful in divergent and I don’t even want to watch the rest of her movies., shes not that hot plus she seems so up herself and thinks shes better than everyone.. Shes already ruined her career because of all the hate that she has got about feminism on twitter. I think shes so overrated.

  • Agatha

    And after a year she doesn’t know what mean feminism yet

  • Revengefan0101

    I don’t get the appeal of this actress at all. She’s not likeable and she can’t act.

  • Jean Morel

    at least she doesn’t seem to think it’s about hating men anymore?

  • Lola

    So so so dumb

  • Janis Tanner

    Wow, a year later and she still doesn’t get it. This isn’t Divergent. Feminism isn’t a faction, you moron. She’s hopeless…

  • Sandy McFarlane

    Why can’t she just take 30 seconds out of her fucking day to google what feminism is omg………… She is an idiot

  • Abbey Everdeen

    She probably doesn’t own a computer…she’s all for natural and organic stuff, grows her own food and medicine and probably shits in a hole in the ground too haha