In the midst of filming her anticipated film “Divergent,” Shailene Woodley scored a featured spot in the August 2013 issue of Interview magazine.
While showing some skin for the Patrick Demarchelier-shot spread, the 21-year-old actress opened her love for herbalism and winning awards at this year”s Sundance Festival.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Woodley”s interview below. For more, be sure to visit Interview!
On her healthy organic lifestyle:
“I was an environmentalist in high school – or, I guess, a self-proclaimed environmentalist – and I started reading about the food system in America and how it”s owned by all of these corporations. I was on a quest to find out what “healthy” really mean because people were saying veganism was healthy or that the Paleo diet was healthy, but I really had no idea. So I started researching indigenous people and what their lifestyles were like because I was fascinated by the fact that they could still run in their eighties and still had amazing muscular and nervous systems, whereas in America now, by the time we get to our thirties, it”s really hard for us to lose and maintain a healthy body and composition. So I just started adapting my lifestyle to that of indigenous creatures on this planet. The whole concept of re-wilding came about through some really good friends of mine, and it”s basically about adapting to your current situation. If you”re in the city, then you can”t go back to hunter-and-gatherer times, so you have to adapt to the lifestyle that”s out there. Herbalism is part of that, and knowing how to heal our bodies naturally and knowing about organic farming. It”s so important and essential to the Earth, to Gaia. We want to continue to live on this planet, and I think we need to break down the associations that we have that we”re different from naturethat we need to protect the Earth and save the Earthwhen we are, in fact, part of the Earth. So it all starts with us. If we want to save the planet, then I think we need to start saving ourselves in order to do that. I believe that organic farming, among many other practices, can really start that shift.”
On her time away from nature:
“Sometimes it”s a struggle. But as I was saying, it”s all about balance. Right now I”m filming in Chicago, and I”m in an apartment building 35 stories up in the air, and I”ve never lived in a city where I have to be careful about walking around my house naked because the business office next door will be able to see me at 7 a.m. [both laugh] But I still have my crock pot of chaga mushroom tea brewing all the time.”
On her Sundance experience:
“With awards, I think, on one hand, it”s so deeply flattering and extremely humbling and you don”t really know what to say. But I don”t act for anyone elseI do it for myself. So when people recognize you for your work, it feels very awkward and intimidating. I remember after “The Descendants”, I won an Independent Spirit Awardwhich was amazing. But then it also led me to this moment of feeling a pressure that I”d never felt before. All of a sudden, people were saying, “I can”t wait to see what you do next!” and “You”re nominated for a Golden Globe!” I was like, “Shit, now I”ve got to be good because you”re going to be watching me” So there was a period after doing press for The Descendants where I was like, “I don”t want to act anymore because there”s too much pressure.” But one of my best friends and my mom both reminded me, “Shai, you”ve never acted for anyone else. You”ve just got to ignore all the other stuff and do it for yourself”and the second I was reminded of that, I realized that I just need to do what I do and what I love.”