Is Shailene Woodley the new Jennifer Lawrence? Straight-talking, super-talented, the ultimate girl-next-door…
She’s already sick of the comparisons, but Shailene Woodley (22) is going to keep having to bat them off. “Is it because we both have short hair and a vagina?”, wonders Woodley. Hmmm. We doubt it.
With Lawrence working flat out on the X Men and Hunger Games franchises, never mind taking on all the choicest parts she can squeeze in between, there’s simply a hunger in Hollywood for another young actress who can stand and deliver class performances. Divergent isn’t packing them in quite like the Games but watch out for The Fault In Our Stars, out June 20 and thriller White Bird in a Blizzard, later in the year. The former is sure to be one of the summer’s runaway favourites – a three hankie love story about two spunky, terminally ill teenagers. We imagine it will join The Notebook as a trusted go-to for the next decade of girls’ nights in.
If you want to get the jump on everyone, read the bestseller it’s based on but make sure you can have a good run at it. You won’t want to put it down- there’s more to it than a tearjerker – it’s become a cult phenomenon and reached far beyond its original demographic. Witness the article on its author, John Green in the current Intelligent Life. You may also want to reserve a little room on your toolbar for a shortcut to co-star Ansel Elgort’s fan page. You heard it here first (and while we’re playing this game, is he the young Ryan Gosling?)
Shailene v J Law
Hails From: Northern California
Street Cred: The Descendants
Best Role: Hazel (The Fault In Our Stars)
Leading Man: Ansel Elgort
Boyfriend: Josh Hutcherson?
Hails From: Kentucky
Franchise: The Hunger Games
Street Cred: American Hustle
Best Role: Tiffany (Silver Linings Playbook)
Leading Man: Liam Hemsworth
Boyfriend: Nicholas Hoult
The Fault In Our Stars hits Irish cinemas June 20th.
Laura George @lgeorge353