Shailene Woodley: I Was "So Self-Conscious About Being Skinny"

Celebrity News Mar. 17, 2014 AT 1:30PM
Shailene Woodley poses for Marie Claire magazine Divergent actress Shailene Woodley tells Marie Claire that she was "so self-conscious about being skinny" her whole life, but recently doesn't care anymore. Credit: Marie Claire/Jan Welters

Even Shailene Woodley has some insecurities! In the April issue of Marie Claire, the Divergent actress opens about how she recently overcame being self-conscious about her body, and is putting her teenage years in the past.

"My whole life I've been so self-conscious about being skinny. And just recently I don't care anymore," Woodley told the magazine. "All insecurities are projected because of what you think others are saying about you, but they don't really matter at all. My only real insecurities in high school were having such long legs and thick hair -- things I'm so very grateful for now."

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager star is also a little self-conscious about the age she was when she shared her first kiss. "I was the latest bloomer there ever was. I was still playing with Barbies at 14 and didn't have my first kiss until 15-and-a-half," she revealed. "He had big, beautiful lips, and I was like, 'I don't know what I'm going to do with those.'"

Shailene Woodley covers the April 2014 issue of Marie Claire magazine.
Shailene Woodley covers the April 2014 issue of Marie Claire magazine.
Credit: Marie Claire/Jan Welters

Now, the 22-year-old actress feels like she is coming into her own. "For the first time, I feel like I'm entering my womanhood," Woodley said. "I've decided to take a few months off, just to see who I am as that woman in the world, because I've never been able to experience it outside of this industry."

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While on her journey of self-discovery, Woodley seems content to stay single. "I just haven't met anyone where I was like, 'Wow I could definitely see myself spending a season of my life with you,'" she explained. "I don't even know if humans are genetically made to be with one person forever." 

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But there is one man in her life that wouldn't mind spending time with: George Clooney.

"He's still one of my favorite human beings," Woodley said of the 52-year-old actor who played her father in 2011's The Descendants. "The things he talks about in the press, like going to Africa, are about one-thirtieth of the things he does. My mom and George are probably the only two people I've ever met who are truly genuine givers."

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