Shailene Woodley: Nude Scenes in White Bird in a Blizzard Were “Very Truthful”

Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley told reporters at the junket for White Bird in a Blizzard that her nude scenes in the film were rather "truthful" and generally not "exploitative." Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Bare and she don't care! Shailene Woodley told reporters at the Monday, Oct. 20 junket for her upcoming movie White Bird in a Blizzard that going nude was not a big deal.

"I felt like it was very truthful," Woodley, 22, said of her multiple nude scenes in White Bird. "I feel like it lent itself to this movie. It wasn't exploitative. There's nothing that bothers me about seeing people have intimate scenes in films. The woman has clothes on, has full makeup, and the man has boxers — that's just not how it works."

The Divergent star added that the movie's plot is a realistic depiction of growing up. "My opinion is that intimacy is a natural part of being a human being," she said at the Hollywood event. "Especially when you're young, you're exploring that part of yourself for the first time. I think that a lot of films that have young people in them don't often explore that factor for various reasons. But I do love Gregg [Araki]'s films in that way. Because they are truthful and they're daring. Especially this one."

In the indie movie, Woodley plays a 17-year-old whose mother disappears as the teen grapples with her own sexual exploration. Interestingly enough, the drama was shot and produced before Woodley landed her starring roles in Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.

As for her real-life years as a teen? "I definitely went through my own version of teenage angst," Woodley mused. "I think we all do. Mine was a very angry year. I think that's just part of the growing process."

This rebellious streak allowed Woodley to identify with her precocious character. "That was something I really loved about this role," she revealed. "Even though she is adolescent, she is extremely mature and strong and confident in a way that you don't see often see in coming-of-age films… As we evolve and grow, the things that you suppress always sort of sneak up on you. I thought it was interesting, the juxtaposition of her as a teenager having so much anger and disrespect for her parents in a way."

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