A Minute With: Shailene Woodley on teen sex, violence and Marvel

Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:21pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For actress Shailene Woodley, transitioning from her teen years into adulthood in Hollywood was an emotional experience.

"When I saw 'Fault in Our Stars' for the first time, I started crying," Woodley said of her hit coming-of-age cancer film earlier this summer.

"I recognized that this is such a bittersweet moment, because this is the last young adult film I'd ever do, because I can no longer empathize with the teenage process."

Woodley, 22, has carved out a career playing teen heroines, from Tris in the "Divergent" film adaptations and cancer patient Hazel in "Fault in Our Stars," to Kat Connor in "White Bird in a Blizzard," out in U.S. theaters on Friday.

In "White Bird," Woodley plays a complex young girl who has to come to terms with her beautiful but troubled mother Eve (Eva Green) suddenly going missing.

Sprawled out on the floor of a Los Angeles hotel room, Woodley talked to Reuters about portraying teen sexuality, violence in young adult films and whether she'd ever enter the Marvel universe.

Q: There's been a lot of attention on your sex scenes and nudity in "White Bird." Do you think that distracts attention from the rest of the film?   Continued...

 
Actress Shailene Woodley poses for a portrait while promoting the upcoming movie "White Bird in a Blizzard" in Los Angeles, California October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni