Best known as troubled high-schooler Amy Juergens on the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Shailene Woodley began her career as a child model in her native California. Within a few years, she was making appearances on episodes of popular TV shows like Crossing Jordan and Without a Trace, soon landing a recurring role on the night-time soap The O.C. in 2003. The 14 year-old found subsequent success starring in the TV movies Felicity: An American Girl Adventure and Final Approach, before she was cast on Secret Life in 2008. Woodley moved to the big screen in a big way, starring as George Clooney's troubled daughter in 2011's The Descendants and garnering an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress in the process.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Began her career as a child model, then was signed by an agent and started acting at age 5.
- Like Amy Juergens, her character on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, her parents got divorced when she was a freshman in high school.
- Was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 15 and had to wear a brace on her back for almost 18 months (she took the brace off while working).
- Was named as one of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Breakout Stars of 2008.
- Describes herself as more outgoing than her Secret Life character.
- Says she and her family enjoy camping.
- Her nickname is Shai.