Shailene Woodley: 'Hollywood made me feel like a mannequin'

Shailene Woodley: 'Hollywood made me feel like a mannequin'

Shailene Woodley is rekindling her romance with fashion after years of disillusionment with the industry.

The Big Little Lies actress has been in the limelight since she was seven after shooting to fame with 1999 American television film Replacing Dad.

But the 26-year-old has admitted she was "turned off" by the world of Hollywood and high fashion after certain film studios tried to edit her look, leaving her feeling like a "mannequin".

"There’s always polarisation," she told PorterEdit digital magazine. "In high school I would shop at thrift stores to put together weird outfits. When I did The Descendants (with George Clooney), I had studios saying, ‘You need to dress more cosmopolitan’, which is such a funny word to use for an 18-year-old.

"I let go of so much of my desire to be creative in that space because I didn’t want to be a mannequin for someone to dress up and throw on a red carpet."

Such was her disenchantment, the Golden Globe nominee swerved star-studded Hollywood events for a slice of the quiet life, working on a rural farm when she wasn't filming and vowing to live a minimalist existence.

And she confessed that the idea of magazines, press lines, red carpets and fashion had felt "so overwhelming".

“I can’t half-a*s anything," she shared. "So when it came to me having to look a certain way or speak a certain way for this image I was meant to create, it turned me off. When I wasn’t filming I would work on a farm somewhere because that’s what I could hold onto that felt real.”

But the Fault in our Stars actress has confirmed she now feels excited by the industry again, citing age, wisdom and a new-found control over her body as key components in finding, and feeling comfortable with, her own style.

“Now I’m in a different place," she smiled. "The idea of fashion is exciting (again) because I can now curate a look that’s authentically myself. I suppose it really just comes down to control.”

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