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Shailene Woodley was on the verge of quitting acting before landing 'Big Little Lies'

Shailene Woodley was about to quit acting and almost turned down her role on "Big Little Lies," but she eventually said yes.


emily Treadgold


Shailene Woodley almost quit acting.

 

The 26-year-old began her career at the young age of 10, and has had a slew of television roles. Most notably, she was on ABC Family's hit show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Later she starred in movies The Descendants, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars.

 

"When I was 7, I said, 'The day I'm on the cover of a magazine I'm going to quit,' because I never wanted this industry to get in the way of my life," she told PorterEdit.

 

The young actress also revealed that after the Divergent series, she had a hard time, and needed to reflect on her experience to "fall in love with acting again."

 

The project that did that for her was Big Little Lies.

I called my agents and said, 'Please don't send me any more scripts; I need to explore other avenues.' They respected me and didn't send me anything for almost a year until Big Little Lies.

"There was a point in my life, right before Big Little Lies, where I had hit a wall with acting. I felt it was time to do something different," Woodley explained. "I called my agents and said, 'Please don't send me any more scripts; I need to explore other avenues.' They respected me and didn't send me anything for almost a year until Big Little Lies. I didn't know what it was or who was involved; I just said, 'Thanks, I'm still not interested.' "

 

Her agent kept pushing the project until she eventually said yes. Woodley, who is averse to the spotlight, said, "The idea of magazines, press lines, red carpets and fashionall of that was so overwhelming that I stayed away from it all. I can't half-ass anything, so when it came to me having to look a certain way or speak a certain way for this image I was meant to create, it turned me off."

 

"When I wasn't filming I would work on a farm somewhere, because that's what I could hold onto that felt real," added Woodley.

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