Fun Facts

→ Was considered one of the “55 Faces of the Future” by Nylon Magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue.

→ She revealed on Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) that she is a huge fan of the young YouTube sensation Greyson Chance.

→ She was diagnosed with scoliosis (a severe curvature of the spine) at age 15 and had to wear a brace 18 hours a day for two years.

→ Her parents gave her three rules when she fell into the acting business: she had to stay the person she was, have fun, and do well in school.

→ In order to graduate with her high school class while starring on the hit ABC Family teenage soap opera The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008), her principal sent a teacher to her house once a week to give her school work which she would do, in-between takes, on set. Then, she was able to graduate with her class on time.

→ Her parents divorced when she was fifteen years old.

→ Appears in the deleted scenes of Not Another Teen Movie.

→ Both her parents are psychologists—her mother is a middle school counselor, and her father, a former school principal, is a family therapist. Though they are divorced, they all spend Christmas together with their respective partners.

→ Was working at American Apparel in New York City when she received the call that she was cast in The Descendants.

→ Was considered for the role of Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 film adaption of the book, The Hunger Games (2012), but Jennifer Lawrence was cast instead.

→ Her breakthrough role was when she starred, alongside George Clooney, as his troubled teenage daughter Alexandra King in the 2011 film adaption of the novel, The Descendants (2011).

→ She is best friends with her The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008) co-star, Megan Park.

→ Auditioned for the role of Cosette in the 2012 film adaption of the musical, Les Misérables (2012), but was beaten out by Amanda Seyfried.

→ Dyed her hair red for her role of Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).

→ Was originally cast as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), but all her scenes were deleted from the final cut. She worked on the movie set for three days and shot about four short scenes.

→ Shailene’s father is of British Isles descent. Shailene’s mother is of Creole (African, French, Spanish, German, English, Swiss) ancestry.

→ She auditioned for the role of “Lucy” in I Am Sam (2001), but lost out to Dakota Fanning.

→ Lists Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent as some of her favorite actors.

→ Her favorite movies are Dirty Dancing (1987), Moulin Rouge (2001), Rent (2005), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

→ Turned down the role of Casey Newton in Tomorrowland (2015). Britt Robertson was later cast.

→ A fan of Anaïs Nin. When asked if she could track down her favorite author and ask one burning question, the way Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars (2014) does, she responded with: “Anaïs Nin! Will you marry me?”.

→ Considers “1984” by George Orwell and “Henry and June” by Anaïs Nin as the books that changed her life.

→ Turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). The role eventually went to Dakota Johnson.

→ Enjoys Disney movies for their messages and uplifting qualities.

→ Beauty and the Beast (1991) was the first movie that she saw.

→ Revealed she does yoga in the shower each morning.

→ Participated in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Pleaded not guilty to criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot. [October 10, 2016].

→ Her name originates from a car license plate reading ‘SHAI’ that her mom happened to see whilst sitting in traffic. She liked the name and began thinking of various endings for it.

→ Was voted ‘Most Likely to Surprise’ in MTV Movies: The New Class.

→ The first concert she attended was a Celine Dion show in Las Vegas with her mother.

→ Became an an avid environmentalist in high school, where grew frustrated at the amount of litter that was damaging the environment. Through this she learned about agriculture, the corruption within America’s food system, and the rise of GMOs.

→ In recent years has distanced herself from the soap The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008) which brought her an early breakthrough, stating that she did not agree with the show’s morals but was unable to leave because of her contract. She told Flaunt Magazine, “Towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren’t really aligned with my own integrity. So that was a bit hard to show up to work every day knowing that we were going to project all of these themes to thousands – millions – of young adults across the country, when in fact they weren’t what I would like to be sending out.”.

→ She was offered the title role in Carrie (2013) but turned it down. The part eventually went to Chloe Grace Moretz.

→ Hasn’t had a television since she moved out of her parents’ home at age 18, as she much prefers to read a good book.

→ Studied the lifestyles of indigenous cultures and herbalism. Shailene follows an alternative lifestyle and form of thinking based upon the Wise Woman Tradition, a New Age concept that is empowering to women. She now makes her own beauty products; including toothpastes, face oils, body lotions. In addition, she also forages for wild ingredients, collects spring water, and knows where all the fresh meat, eggs, and produce she buys originate from.

→ Is a keen follower of astrology.

→ Her favorite artists include Lana del Rey, Bon Iver and Foster the People.

→ Top Chef is one of her favorite television shows.

→ Enjoys being physically active and the outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, swimming, cooking for and with friends.

→ Admitted that she would love to work with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.

→ From a young age has vowed that if she ever lost her passion for acting or became uncomfortable with the idea of celebrity, she would quit. At least twice she has nearly walked away from her acting carer, until she fell in love with scripts that wooed her back. Those scripts were for The Spectacular Now (2013) and Big Little Lies (2017).