Shailene Woodley Hates Twilight & There’s A Good Reason Why…

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Shailene Woodley is a bit of an anomaly in Hollywood…and that is exactly what makes her awesome! In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, ahead of the worldwide release of her new film ‘Divergent’ she spoke about her career, her thoughts on Hollywood and the effect it has on women.

First of all she gives credit to the one and only Jennifer Lawrence, who convinced her to take the lead role of Beatrice Prior in ‘Divergent’, which is the first installment in a trio of films based on the book of the same name by author Veronica Roth. Initially she turned down the role, because she was used to doing different types of film, and making the leap to a huge franchise wasn’t going to be an easy decision for this indie darling.

“I asked Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Are you happy with your choice to take on The Hunger Games?’ And she said she wouldn’t change it for the world. She told me, ‘There are some things—don’t make a sex tape, don’t do drugs, don’t do things in public—that you wouldn’t want other people judging you for. But this is the best decision you’ll ever make.'”

Thank you J-Law!

While it may seem the pixie-haired bohemian beauty is going from strength to strength in her film career, it hasn’t always been easy, especially being a young woman who has come up against the usual pressure put on females in that industry.

“I was once told by a studio that I needed to make my look more cosmopolitan, that I needed to create a persona,” she said. “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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For her to not only recognize what an awful thing it is for someone to tell another person to change, but to then speak against that is brave. Let’s face it, she works in an industry where men are still dominant in all areas, and saying that reply could’ve easily cost her her job. But look at her now!

She is hesitant about the big movie franchise thing for good reason. The example she used was the ‘Twilight’ series.

Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship,” says the actress. “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.”

Sure it’s not wrong to be in love, but that shouldn’t be the all-encompassing driving force in life for any individual. Relationships exist for two people to compliment each other, not complete one another.

Which brings us to the point of her being a totally outspoken badass and why we love her. In the past she has confessed to hating wearing make-up, preferring natural beauty over fakeness, which sends a very positive message to many young girls who look up to her. Just recently in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, when asked who would win a battle out of ‘The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and ‘Divergent’s’ Beatrice Prior, she had the best response ever:

“I don’t feel like they would actually battle. I feel like it’d be like ‘You’re a strong lady? I’m a strong lady too. Let’s combine forces and bring it together!’ ”

Thanks THR for reinforcing the ridiculous notion that girls need to battle each other, rather than be complimentary and supportive. Well done Shailene for shutting that s!@t down. All hope is NOT lost, thanks to positive young female role models in Hollywood doing their part to encourage female empowerment on screen. Thank goodness for women who choose to be different and stand apart from the rest of the crowd, in turn being the catalysts for change.

See The Hollywood Reporter interview below where she explains her role on Divergent and why Katniss and Beatrice would team up in real life.

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