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  • Began her career as a child model, then was signed by an agent and started acting at age 5.
  • Like Amy Juergens, her character on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, her parents got divorced when she was a freshman in high school.
  • Was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 15 and had to wear a brace on her back for almost 18 months (she took the brace off while working).
  • Was named as one of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Breakout Stars of 2008.
  • Describes herself as more outgoing than her Secret Life character.
  • Says she and her family enjoy camping.
  • Her nickname is Shai.


  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2013, Sundance Film Festival — U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Movie Duo: Winner
  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Young Actor/Actress: Nominee
  • 2012, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Winner
  • 2015, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Nominee
  • 2016, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Action Movie Actress: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress in an Action Movie: Nominee


  • Lori Woodley — Mother
  • Tanner Woodley — Brother
  • Loni Woodley — Father

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  • Birth Name: Shailene Diann Woodley
  • Birth Place: Simi Valley, CA
  • Profession: Actor

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