Shailene Woodley may only be 22 years old, but she has learned a thing or two about life and love already.
Woodley recently won the Hollywood Breakout Performance award for her performance in The Fault In Our Stars. She also talked about how the film and the role helped her think about what is important in life.
“At 16 years old, [my character] recognizes it’s not about how long a life we lead or the mark we leave on the world that matters,” Woodley said after receiving the award. “It’s about simple things like gratitude and not taking anything for granted.”
In the film, Woodley plays a teenage cancer patient who meets a boy who is also terminally ill. The two fall in love in spite of knowing that their time together will be short.
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Woodley talked more about what she learned from her role and the film.
“Every day we wake up and we’re breathing, we’re winning,” she continued. “We all already have victories on our plate the second we leave our pillows in the morning. [My character] reminded me of that, that simple truth.”
“She recognizes at a young age that regardless of the conditions we have in our lives – whether they’re spiritual, mental, physical, whatever – they don’t define us,” Woodley added. “We are not defined by exterior situations.”
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Woodley seems to have a pretty good head on her shoulders and will likely continue to do well with her career.
What did you think of her role in The Fault In Our Stars?