Shailene Woodley Was “Very, Very Sick” During ‘Divergent’ Movies

Shailene Woodley opened up about her health in a recent New York Times interview discussing her role in the upcoming movie “Endings, Beginnings.” Woodley is the face of numerous book-to-screen adaptations, including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and Big Little Lies. But success for Woodley didn’t come as easily as you might think; in her New York Times interview, she discusses a health scare that nearly ended her career. While she doesn’t go into detail about what she was suffering from, Woodley talks about the negative impact being sick had on her career. I haven’t spoken much about this …

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Shailene Woodley opened up about her health in a recent New York Times interview discussing her role in the upcoming movie “Endings, Beginnings.”

Woodley is the face of numerous book-to-screen adaptations, including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and Big Little Lies. But success for Woodley didn’t come as easily as you might think; in her New York Times interview, she discusses a health scare that nearly ended her career. While she doesn’t go into detail about what she was suffering from, Woodley talks about the negative impact being sick had on her career.

I haven’t spoken much about this yet publicly, and I will one day, but I was very, very sick in my early 20s. While I was doing the ‘Divergent’ movies and working hard, I also was struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation. Because of that, I said no to a lot of opportunities because I needed to get better, and those jobs ended up going to peers of mine who I love.

At the age of just twenty-one, Woodley began filming the Divergent movies, which spanned from 2013 through 2015. The last Divergent book, Allegiant, was originally set to be split into two films. But after the amateur success of Allegiant, the final movie, Ascendent, was slated to air as a TV-movie instead.

 

In a 2016 interview with Screen Rant, Woodley said she hadn’t signed up to be in a television movie and wasn’t “necessarily interested in doing a television show.” Her castmates echoed similar sentiments and, in the end, the producers never went forward with the idea.

While Woodley feels that, when sick, she “was in a place where [she] had no choice but to just surrender and let go of [her] career,” she ends the NYT interview on a positive note.

 

Now I’m on the other side of it, thank God. A lot of the last few years has been about focusing on mental health for me, and it’s a slow process. But because of that work, I feel very grounded and rooted in who I am and very clear about everything in my life, whether it’s my career or my relationships or my own internal worth. I feel very grateful to have walked that line of fire, because now I know what I don’t want to ever go back to.

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