Shailene Woodley: True Love Is When “You’re My Lighthouse,” and More Memorable Quotes

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Shailene Woodley called herself "all-loving" in the April issue of Elle. Michael Thompson for ELLE

No wonder she’s a Dauntless! Insurgent star Shailene Woodley covered Elle’s April issue in a black Balmain bodysuit and bralette. The earthy tomboy, 23, had some of her signature sage words for the magazine about her upbringing, life, and love. 

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“I’m all-loving,” she told Elle. “I fall in love with people based on who they are. Heart centered, like, ‘This is who I am! And I love you if you love me for who this person is. And if not, I’ll still love you, but I ain’t fallin’ in love with you!’”

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The currently single star, who rarely comments on her private life, described what true love means to her. 

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Shailene Woodley covers the April 2015 issue of Elle. Michael Thompson for ELLE

“When you’re truly in love, for me, it’s…you’re my lighthouse! You’re somebody who holds me high, keeps me safe, you’ve got my f—kin’ back,” she explained. “You also love me whole, wild, and free. You let me do me, and I’m gonna let you do you! And I’ll be the home that you return to.”

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In the past few years, letting Woodley “do me” has included starring in blockbuster hits like 2014’s The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent. She is also reprising her role as Tris Prior in the YA franchise’s final three films — Insurgent and Allegiant: Parts 1 and 2

In the books she belongs to the Dauntless faction, which is known for their bravery. 

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“I was born into a family of warriors, really strong people,” Woodley said of her real life growing up with her younger brother Tanner in Simi Valley, Calif. “It doesn’t mean that it was an easy childhood and we didn’t have our s—t, because every family does behind closed doors. But even though my parents are divorced, they get along. I have a family who every day strives to do the right thing.”

One of her idols: her grandmother. 

“My Grams is the most banging 69-year-old I’ve ever met in my life,” Woodley declared. “She’s so fit. She’s so rad!” 

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