Shailene Woodley Questions her Talent

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Shailene Woodley was all set to play Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when her role was completely cut from the film after producers decided to take another direction with the plot. The decision left the Fault in Our Stars actress second-guessing her talent and place in Hollywood.

"For a few hours it was literally like, 'Oh, my God, was I awful? Why did they cut me? What are people going to think?'" Woodley said in Vanity Fair's July 2014 issue.

"I woke up the next morning and I was like, 'OK, it makes total sense.' I'm a pretty spiritual person, so I can just sit back and trust that everything happens for a reason, even if my ego doesn't like it," she said.

The young actress told Vanity Fair she's beginning to feel the pressure as her career blossoms.

"Somebody came to me and said, 'I can't wait to see what you do next.' I took that as pressure - that I had to live up to somebody else's expectations. There were a few months where I was like, 'I don't want to act anymore.' And then I got over it and realized it's none of my business what other people think of me," she said.

George Clooney, with whom she co-starred in The Descendants in 2011, had high praise for Woodley.

"Shailene can do whatever she wants. If she wants to be a movie star, she has it. If she wants to change the world, she will. Her talent and kindness go hand in hand," said the recently engaged Clooney. "We'll be talking about Shailene Woodley 40 years from now. I've never seen anyone so young that has so much together."

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