She may be one the biggest Hollywood stars around, but Shailene Woodley is happiest when at one with the earth…
If you thought all Hollywood A-listers were always in the gym and had all the latest lotions and potions on tap, then 24-year-old Shailene Woodley is here to bust that myth. The star of The Fault In Our Stars and the Divergent series lives her life as free from stress and artificial ingredients as possible. Not only does she bottle her own water (from a spring in the mountains) but she makes her own beauty products too! This is a girl living her life exactly the way she wants to.
Since becoming an environmentalist at high school, the actress avidly learnt about how foods were made and crops were grown. She started studying lifestyles of many indigenous cultures and researching herbalism. “That empowered me to make my own beauty products – I thought: ‘How could I make a lotion with medicinal properties?’ Take, clay for example – it’s one of the best things you can put in your body. I’ve discovered that it’s great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it. And it also helps clean heavy metals out of your system,” she says. As well as caring what goes in her body, she also makes some of her own make-up products. “Beets are my go-to for lip colour. Roast one for 30 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees. When cool, rub it on your lips,” she explains. “To add colour on the eyes, try a green powder such as spirulina [algae]. I source mine from Longevity Warehouse. When wet, it works as a liner.”
Shailene may not be a fan of the gym, but she does love to exercise, citing hiking, biking and swimming as some of her fave things to do alongside yoga and meditation to relax. “I don’t really go to the gym. I do what feels good for my body that day and I practice lots of yoga. My lifestyle is pretty active and I’m constantly moving, which lends naturally to fitness – I call it ‘functional fitness’. It’s important to keep moving, as human cultures that live the longest have proven. If I’m in the city for a long time, I’ll do toning exercises, maybe push-ups or squats. When I take classes, they’re fitness classes including yoga, 5Rhythms dance or aerial silks [aerial acrobatics performed while hanging from special fabric],” says Shailene.
When filming The Descendants in Hawaii alongside George Clooney, Shailene fell in love with the island referring to it as her home from home. “It was the first time I’d been surrounded by that much nature,” she reminisces. “It really raised the stakes for the life I wanted to live.” When she left the island she really got into reconnecting with the ecosystem, eating organically, spending more time outdoors, and most importantly being happy. “I wake up every morning and I sing: ‘Good morning, good morning!’ It’s a good way to start the day, you know? Life is about fun, laughter and being the best person you could possibly be. It’s too short, it’s too fleeting, nothing matters. To take anything too seriously takes its toll. My happiest friends have no wrinkles because they smile all the time. I really think laughter is the key to longevity. Obviously it’s important to eat healthy and have a healthy lifestyle, but laughter, kindness, happiness — those are the keys right there, man,” she says.
Although she is a successful actress, she can still get run-down like the rest of us, but drinking a concoction of echinacea, Golden Seal and St John’s Wort works to keep her immune system going. But while her herbal remedies often come to the rescue, she knows that sometimes not everything can be cured naturally, admitting: “I’m a fan of western medicine as well, because if you have something that could be life-threatening, antibiotics save lives every day.”
She may have been acting since the age of five, but Shailene has an alternative career plan. “If I wasn’t an actress, I’d probably do something with food. Finding seeds, planting seeds, watching them grow, harvesting and cooking the fruit, eating them, seeing how my body reacts. I’m fascinated with the entire process. I would open a place and have an elixir bar where people could come in and say: ‘My tooth aches,’ or: ‘I have a sinus infection,’ and I would be able to help them,” she says.
Shailene’s new film Snowden is out
in cinemas soon