Shailene Woodley

The Spectacular Now actress, who is featured in W’s 2014 Best Performances portfolio, opens up to W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg in her latest Screen Test.

Released on 1/6/2014

Credits

Starring: Shailene Woodley
Editor: Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

00:04
High school was fantastic for me.
00:05
I participated a lot in high school.
00:08
I threw pep rallies and was in choir
00:10
and did all those hard classes that
00:13
I probably didn't need to do but did anyways
00:17
and studied my ass off.
00:18
And I loved it, I loved the social scene,
00:21
I loved everything about high school.
00:23
I did go to prom, I went to two proms.
00:25
First year it was a mistake, my prom dress.
00:28
The second year, I rented it.
00:31
I didn't see any point, girl spend like 200,
00:33
300 dollars on these prom dresses
00:34
and then never wear them again.
00:36
So I rented this dress, it was like
00:39
60 bucks or something like that
00:41
and it was corseted and then poofed out
00:43
like a princess.
00:44
I felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast
00:45
and it was amazing.
00:47
It was a little, a little wedding like,
00:50
but I put straw in my hair and did some weird braid
00:53
to kind of hippie it up, so it was a fine balance.
00:56
I think we did wear corsages.
00:58
I remember pinning something on him
00:59
but I don't remember having,
01:00
I'm sure I had one.
01:02
Everybody sort of wants to fit in
01:04
which is, which is so boring,
01:06
I don't understand where that comes from
01:08
or what part of our society teaches us that
01:11
at such a young age.
01:12
But one of the important things about
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Aimee in The Spectacular Now is,
01:15
if you want her to be a nerd, quote unquote,
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if you want her to be a misfit or a wall flower,
01:19
do not hire me, because I do not think one person
01:21
is capable of being one thing ever,
01:23
that's just such a stereotype.
01:25
That was really important to me
01:26
because I've never met a nerd in my life
01:29
and I've never met a dork or a misfit.
01:34
The bikini thing in The Descendants was strange.
01:36
I was 18 when we filmed it and so trepidatious
01:39
about having to wear a bikini every day, that's,
01:41
especially in front of a crew, you know,
01:42
you're standing in front of a crew
01:44
of 200, 300 men, mostly.
01:46
Then you get to Hawaii and you realize that
01:48
everyone's wearing a bikini all day long everywhere,
01:52
and if you have clothes on you feel a little bit weird.
01:54
If we filmed that movie in Los Angeles,
01:56
I would have felt very uncomfortable wearing a bikini
01:59
but we were in Hawaii and that's what everyone does.
02:01
Mark Ruffalo can do no wrong.
02:03
Even that movie he did with Reese Witherspoon,
02:05
she like went into a coma and he was like
02:07
trying to find her body or something like that,
02:08
which is a movie that generally you wouldn't be like,
02:11
wow the acting in that film,
02:12
it's just like a feel good film.
02:14
He killed it.
02:15
He's amazing, he can do no wrong.
02:17
Titanic, Titanic was rated R, right?
02:19
I saw that and when Kate Winslet takes her robe off,
02:23
I had to turn my face.
02:25
My parents were, we were all sitting and watching the TV,
02:27
made me turn my face so that I didn't see her boobs.
02:30
We had a, like a close,
02:32
French doors to the back yard,
02:34
and through the French door reflection
02:36
I could see it.
02:37
I remember sitting there going, oh my god,
02:40
one day I'm gonna have those and it's so exciting.