She also took some acting classes with Anthony Meindl. Career beginnings and The Secret Life[ edit ] Woodley in Woodley began her acting career in with minor television roles in The District and Crossing Jordan in the latter, she acted out the ten-year-old version of Jill Hennessy 's title character.
An American Girl Adventure The show explores the effects of her pregnancy on her family, friends and herself as well as life at Ulysses S. Grant High School in California. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly praised her performance stating that "Woodley's performance lifts a well-meaning, rather brave, but ramshackle show a notch.
Film debut and breakthrough[ edit ] Woodley in In , Woodley made her feature film debut in The Descendants , where she played Alex, the troubled elder daughter of Matt King played by George Clooney.
Her performance received positive reviews from critics. Director Marc Webb told The Hollywood Reporter that the cut was "a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship," and that everyone loved working with Woodley. Although filming took place in October , the film was not released until January 20, , at the Sundance Film Festival  and then on October 24, , to wider audiences, where it received mixed reviews.
In the film she plays teenager Katrina "Kat" Connors, whose life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears. Critic Moira MacDonald commended her by saying that "Woodley's depiction of Kat is low-key, natural and utterly unaffected; as she has in every role, she makes the character her own, with her scratchy little voice and level gaze. The film received mixed reviews, but Woodley's performance as Tris received a positive reception; Sam Allard from Orlando Weekly said that, "with her performance as Tris Prior in Divergent, Woodley rescues and then raises up a film that could have been an utter disaster.
She portrayed a year-old cancer patient who meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters played by Ansel Elgort and also her brother in the Divergent series , a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Green added via Twitter about Woodley; "There were so many amazing auditions for the role of Hazel, but Shailene's love for the book and her understanding of Hazel blew me away.
Insurgent , the second installment in The Divergent Series. Her performance once again received critical acclaim, with Daniel M. Kimmel of New England Movies Weekly writing, "Woodley does solid work here as she's done elsewhere, and continues to be someone to watch.
The film, however, was panned by critics  and a box office bomb. Filming began on February 16, , and Snowden was released on September 16, As the movie goes on, she makes Lindsay supportive and selfish, loving and stricken.
My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I don't know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don't seem to respect each other. All it Takes is a youth leadership program that aims to educate young people to practice empathy, compassion, responsibility, and purpose in hopes to foster sustainable, positive change for themselves, others and the environment.