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Shailene Woodley “Couch Surfed” For Two Months After Divergent Wrapped

Simple Shailene! Shailene Woodley could have bought a house with her Divergent paycheck, but instead the actress gave away all her belongings! Woodley admitted during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers Thursday, March 21, that she lived a simpler life after filming wrapped. Click here to see more photos of the Divergent stars.

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“I cruised and I hung out with my friends and family. I got rid of everything I owned,” Woodley, 22, told the NBC host. “I got rid of my cell phone, and I fit my life into a carry-on suitcase and I just couch surfed for two months. It was awesome.”

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“I explored so many couches that I didn’t know existed in my friends’ homes,” she continued. “You know what’s fun about that, though, is living in L.A, obviously, it’s so spread out. I got to learn different areas that I didn’t know about before.” (According to The Hollywood Reporter, Woodley will reportedly earn $250,000 to $500,000 for her role in Divergent.)

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Shailene Woodley during an interview with host Seth Meyers on March 20, 2014

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Woodley decided to make the change after working for seven years straight. But even while shooting the project, based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA novel, she also learned how to better her survival skills. “I’ve studied indigenous cultures for a long time and got really into wilderness skills, but I realized that as much as I knew how to make fire and build shelter, I live in Los Angeles,” she said. “I’m surrounded by buildings. Fire’s not going to do me any good. So I started learning how to survive and thrive in the city.”

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