Shailene Woodley Is All About The Lady Love

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Shailene Woodley Is All About The Lady Love

By Vivian Kane | Celebrities Are Better than You | March 14, 2014 | Comments ()


Shailene Woodley, of The Descendents and The Spectacular Now, is also at the start of the new YA mega-franchise, the Divergent trilogy. She’s being called “the next Jennifer Lawrence” because apparently we live in a world where there can only be one cool young action heroine. Well, Woodley isn’t having any of that. She’s all about the girl-on-girl respect and inclusion.

From The Daily Beast:

One of the biggest things I enjoy about it is the relationship between Zoe’s character (Christina) and my character. Oftentimes in films, even if you do have a really strong woman, there’s jealousy and envy among her sisters. So you’ll have this really empowered leader, who’s a chick, and then she has some sort of envious relationship with another woman in the movie. And in this movie, there’s no envy and no jealousy—no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that—of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.

This is such an incredible point of view for a 22 year old woman to have, especially one who lives and works in the soul-crushing environment of blockbuster Hollywood entertainment. Still I, personally, get really tired of the “women need to love each other before men will respect us” mentality. I call bullsh*t on that line of thinking because you know what? Women are never going to be one unified front. Men sure as hell aren’t. Yes, it would be great if gossipy frenemies weren’t a thing, but that shouldn’t stop us from getting equal pay and opportunities.

But what a refreshing break from the celebrities who refuse to identify as feminists. Woodley goes on to say that she hasn’t met Jennifer Lawrence yet, but she wrote her a letter before accepting her role in Divergent, and got an awesome response.

[Jennifer Lawrence] was like, “Small things will change, but if you stay who you are, nothing will change. The big picture won’t change. It’s only going to make your life greater and you’ll be so grateful for it. Don’t be stupid, don’t make a sex tape, don’t do drugs, don’t go to Whole Foods the day the movie opens, and you’ll be fine!” I thought, “I’m gonna love this chick when I meet her.”

Let’s hope this is the beginning of an era of a kickass young Hollywood elite. Can we be done with the Shias and the Lohans? If we have to put celebrities up on a pedestal, let’s at least pick decent people with healthy body images and a dearth of douchbaggery.

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  • She seems lovely and that's definitely a very Hepburn vibe she's throwing off, between the hair and the brows. Something about that pic is really bugging me, though. Is her front arm wrapped around her neck? If so, whose fingers is her other hand clasping? If NOT, what the hell is going on that cuts her hair off at such a blunt angle AND makes her able to hold her head at a completely perpendicular angle to her body? It looks like trick photography where she's actually coming up through a hole in the blankets and her body was posed in a separate shot. Again...LOVELY, but somehow slightly disconcerting.

  • Stu Rat

    Yeah. Now that you mention it that does look weird. She used to wear a back brace for scoliosis(?), maybe that's why her neck looks weird. Dunno.

  • TammaraDarrigo

    I think that she is want to be more and more Popular celebrity look like Jennifer lawrence.

  • HerringGull

    What's "Whole Foods"? Is it like a celebrity hangout?

  • It's a chain of "hippie" grocery stores where urban, vaguely-lefty twentysomethings can go and pay five dollars for an organic tomato and tell each other they're saving the planet.

  • Stu Rat

    Oh. I just now figured out that I've probably been confusing (conflating?) her with Shenae Grimes (90210), who I greatly dislike for a reason I no longer remember. But I'm sure it was a good reason; so I should trust myself and keep on hatin', right?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Such a gorgeous picture of her - she's giving an Audrey Hepburn vibe.

    It's true women aren't a united front, and that men aren't either. But there's a difference in the way the genders have historically interacted. And I think part of that will change as women have more and more options. Because whatever cattiness is/was expected of women, it came out of the sense that only one woman could have power - in a household, in a court, in society, what have you. So to claim the power, you had to take someone down. Whereas there were always multiple options available for men.

    It's nice to see the tide's turning, because now there are two YA action heroines, and nobody's elbowing anybody.

  • Sirilicious

    I don't see that. I think there were always tiers of power, if you will, in any environment for both sexes. Could you give me an example of what you mean?

    I believe that all of the women in a domain were below the men on 'their tier' because of the simple fact that they had labia. So that sucks. And the struggle may come from the fact a woman was only worth as much as the man she snagged, while a man could move up by his actions (war, politics, being a succesfull merchant). A woman didn't have that option, so there was only the fight over the aplha left.

  • poopnado

    Yeah, I resent being told that I have to agree with other ladies just because they're ladies. Ladies are people! We have different opinions. But Shailene does seem to "get it" a lot more than other women her age in Hollywood. So WOO for that!

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  • chanohack

    This makes me SO DAMN HAPPY. Hooray for Shailene! Hooray for lady love!

  • Women are never going to be one unified front. Men sure as hell aren’t.

    Want to know the trick? From the moment we hit puberty till the day we close our eyes, every guy is in eternal competition with every other guy around him. For position, attention, interest, etc. We all know it and recognize it. Ain't no brotherhood around for us to rally.

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  • Conor

    Go with your own creed and respect everyone equally.

    Aside from Terry Richardson. F' that asshole.

  • bastich

    "Don’t be stupid, don’t make a sex tape, don’t do drugs, don’t go to Whole Foods the day the movie opens, and you’ll be fine!”

    Dammit, it's like J-Law just dissed my entire itinerary for the weekend!

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