Shailene Woodley is an American television and film actress. She is known best for her television role of Amy on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," as well as for her roles in films such as "The Descendants" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
Shailene Diann Woodley was born on November 15, 1991 in Simi Valley, California to parents Lori and Loni. She was thrown into the world of commercial modeling at age 4, and had progressed to acting by the time she was 5. Her first role was in the 1999 TV movie "Replacing Dad." From there her television career only continued to flourish.
Shailene's acting career was quite promising from the jump, but hit a rough patch when she was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 15, and had to wear a chest-to-hips plastic brace for almost two years. This, however, proved to be nothing more than a minor setback.
Those who watched it may remember that Shailene Woodley was the original little sister to Mischa Barton's character on the FOX series "The OC." She was replaced by actress Willa Holland in the show's second season when the character became a regular.
Since she was cast on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" while still in high school, she had to do homework between takes in order to graduate on time with the rest of her class.
Shailene lost out on roles in the immensely successful 2012 films "The Hunger Games" and "Les Misérables" to Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried respectively.
Shailene earned herself a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of Alexandra King in the Academy Award nominated film "The Descendents.