American actress Shailene Diann Woodley was born on November 15, 1991. Woodley was born in San Bernardino, California, but she grew up in Simi Valley. She began her modeling career when she was four years old, making her professional acting debut in a few minor television appearances a year later. She originally came to widespread attention for her part as Amy Juergens in the ABC Family drama series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2013).
In the years that followed, she made her cinematic debut in The Descendants (2011), for which she received a Cannes Trophée Chopard, as well as nominations for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. She starred in the Sundance Picture Festival award-winning coming-of-age film The Spectacular Now (2013).
Shailene Woodley Early Life
Woodley spent his childhood in Simi Valley, which is located in California. Her mother, Lori (née Victor), is a school counselor, and her father, Lonnie Woodley, is a school principal. Both of her parents work in education. There is a sibling that is younger than she is.
She was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 15, and at that time, she was fitted with a chest-to-hip plastic brace to prevent future curvature of her spine. Woodley had his high school education at Simi Valley High School, and he also studied acting with Anthony Meindl.
Shailene Woodley’s Career
In 1999, Woodley made her acting debut in the TV movie Replacing Dad. She then appeared on TV in supporting roles in shows including The District and Crossing Jordan (where she played a young Jill Hennessy in the latter). Afterward, she played the lead part of California Ford in the TV movie A Place Called Home (2004). She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special.
She also played young Kaitlin Cooper in the pilot episode of The O.C. and starred as Felicity Merriman in the television movie Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005). A second Young Artist Award nomination was bestowed to her for this performance, this time in the Best Performance in a Television Movie, Miniseries, or Special (Comedy or Drama). After that, Woodley appeared as a guest star on various other shows, such as Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name Is Earl, CSI: NY, Close to Home, and Cold Case.
Then, Woodley played the lead role of Amy Juergens in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013), in which a 15-year-old girl discovers she is pregnant. The show delves into how her pregnancy has altered her relationships with her loved ones and the people she knows at Grant High School. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly says her work “lifts a well-meaning, quite bold, but rickety production a notch.” Throughout its five-season, 121-episode run, the sitcom was a rating success for ABC Family.
What Disease Does Shailene Have?
In April 2020, Shailene gave an interview to The New York Times in which she discussed her harrowingly protracted health fight. “Even though I was unwell in my early twenties, I haven’t said much about it publicly, and I will take it one day. I was dealing with a personal and severe bodily problem at the same time I was working hard on the Divergent movies.”
The actress has now gone into greater detail about how she is nearing the end of her health struggle. “I’m towards the end, which is thrilling, but it’s a unique experience to have something physically dominate your life as so many people scrutinize your every move, word, and appearance. For a while, that threw me for a loop.” To that, Shailene added, she felt “separated and alone.”
Shailene alluded that her ailment was invisible to the naked eye as a source of difficulty, as it meant that no one could see that she was in pain. She explained that people have difficulty empathizing with their suffering until they see a physical manifestation, such as a broken limb or leg.
Although many people have assumed that Shailene has been battling cancer (perhaps because of her part as a girl with cancer in The Fault in Our Stars), it seems that she is not yet ready to discuss what she has been going through. At least one good thing came out of her illness; she said in the interview: that she had time to unplug from her phone and social media.
During her defense, she stated, “My body and mind were taking longer to recover the more I let outside distractions take my attention away from them. I was occupied with constructing a mental portrait of myself based on the reactions of others around me.” Shailene seems to have overcome her internal struggle now that she has had time to recover without distractions from the internet.
For more information like this, do visit lakecountyfloridanews.com