Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shailene Woodley Stars in a Love Story Based on John Green Novel

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shailene Woodley Stars in a Love Story Based on John Green Novel

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Shailene Woodley has gone from impressive newcomer to star at rocket-sled speed.

She earned rave reviews for her film debut at 15 as George Clooney's bad-tempered daughter in "The Descendants." She won an acting prize at Sundance for her turn as a touchingly vulnerable smart girl in the indie hit "The Spectacular Now." She took the reins of a high-profile Hollywood franchise in "Divergent," based on the hit series of dystopian young-adult books by Veronica Roth.

Her next project, opening Friday, puts the full weight of a serious studio film on her shoulders. She stars as Hazel, a teen with cancer who experiences first love with a similarly ill boy in the adaptation of John Green's bestseller "The Fault in Our Stars."

Against all odds, the 22-year-old Californian seems to be keeping her head on straight. Her recent appearance on David Letterman's show became an extended teasing session as he grilled her about her high regard for organic living and herbalism, which includes eating clay. "Haven't you heard of Metamucil?" he asked. Blogs have poked fun at her wearing Vibram FiveFinger shoes to the Golden Globes, and setting the mood every morning by screaming "Exciting day! Exciting day!" Miles Teller, her co-star in "The Spectacular Now" and "Divergent," has told interviewers he's "pretty sure she lives in a tree."

While she's acquired the image of being America's Favorite Moonbeam, Ms. Woodley has remained authentic and serenely good- humored through it all.

"I don't say the things I say for others, I say them because it's my truth," she said recently by phone from New York City. "I try to live by two things. A, it's none of my business what other people think about me. And B, you do you, I'm gonna do me, each and every day.

"I'm not going to position myself as being in any place to tell someone how to live their life. But If someone asks me a question, I am completely open to speaking my truth, with what works for me."

It probably helps her grounded disposition and her acting that both her parents are psychologists, she said.

"Growing up it was always, 'How does this make you feel? If this person hurt your feelings, why were your feelings hurt? …

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