Shailene Woodley on Twilight Franchise: It's "About a Very Unhealthy, Toxic Relationship"

Celebrity News Mar. 12, 2014 AT 2:00PM
Shailene Woodley attends an event on December 2, 2013 in New York City Divergent star Shailene Woodley slams the Twilight franchise in a new interview: It's "about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship" Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty

You hear that Kristen Stewart? Shailene Woodley is clearly not a fan of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. The Divergent star recently talked about the Twilight franchise in the April 2014 issue of Teen Vogue.

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"Twilight, I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship," Woodley, 22, said. "She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve."

The Descendants standout may not be a fan of Stephenie Meyers' vampire romance, but she has joined a tiny sorority of young actresses that includes Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence: Like Stewart and Lawrence before her, Woodley headlines the would-be blockbuster film adaptation of a bestselling YA series. Woodley is currently promoting the film Divergent, based on the first book from Veronica Roth's trilogy. In fact, before taking on the lead role, she asked Lawrence, 23, for advice via email.

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Shailene Woodley's Teen Vogue cover
Shailene Woodley's Teen Vogue cover
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"I asked Jennifer Lawrence, 'Are you happy with your choice to take on The Hunger Games?' And she said she wouldn't change it for the world," Woodley recalled the Oscar winner saying in the March 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

"'You must do it. You will not regret it for a second,'" Lawrence continued. "'Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this.'" 

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Woodley added that Lawrence had words of caution, too: "She told me, 'There are some things -- don't make a sex tape, don't do drugs, don't do things in public -- that you wouldn't want other people judging you for. But this is the best decision you'll ever make.'"

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