Shailene Woodley Discusses the “Debilitating” Illness That “Spun Her Out”!

Shailene Woodley is speaking out about the emotional trauma that has plagued her for years and hindered her professional success and mental well-being. The Fault in Our Stars actor says in a new cover story for The Hollywood Reporter that her condition, about which she would not go into detail, “was pretty debilitating.”

Of the effect of her illness on her career, she says, “I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to but because I physically couldn’t participate in them,” adding, “And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn’t take care of myself. Physical discomfort was compounded over time by the person’s refusal to accept assistance or care.


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Although she is “on the tail end of it” at this point, the experience has left her shaken but wiser. Going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, and how you look is an interesting thing, she said. For a while, I was completely disoriented because of it.

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You’re completely and utterly alone in this world. It’s hard to get people to empathize with your suffering if your pain is internal and unspoken, as opposed to visible injuries like a broken bone.

Shailene Woodley has been open about her struggles with her health, revealing that she was “very, very sick” in her early 20s, specifically while filming the Divergent film series. Things are looking up, thank goodness.

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Woodley is currently engaged to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and her new Netflix film, Last Letter From Your Lover, in which she co-stars with Joe Alwyn, will be available to stream later this month.

There has been discussion of the third season of Big Little Lies. Everybody keeps asking, “When are we filming season three?” She said that she and her A-list co-stars had asked themselves, “How do we make that happen?” when asked by THR.

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Knock on wood, but I think it’s happening. The most difficult parts are working around everyone’s busy schedules, writing the scripts, and deciding to do it.