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Shailene Woodley
Born Shailene Diann Woodley
November 15, 1991 (1991-11-15) (age 18)
Simi Valley, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Shailene Diann Woodley (born November 15, 1991) is an American teen actress. Woodley is best known for portraying Amy Juergens in the ABC Family series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and also for portraying Kaitlin Cooper (the sister of Marissa Cooper) in 2003 during the first season of the Fox series, The OC.


Life & Career

Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California and attended Simi Valley High School. Her family includes her mother Lori, father Loni, and younger brother Tanner. Although her parents are divorced, she claims they still spend the holidays together.[1] Woodley had her first audition at the age of five, when her model cousin brought her to a talent-call audition. "My mom was like, 'Hey, you want to act today?' and I was like, 'Sure!' And it just kind of happened. I was never forced to do it, and I never forced them to take me to auditions," explained Woodley.[2] In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award (YAA) in the Category: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special—Leading Young Actress for her role in A Place Called Home as California Ford.[3] She appeared as Felicity Merriman, in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure for which she received a Young Artists award nomination in the Category: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama). This is one of two TV specials that Woodley appeared in with John Schneider. She appeared on Crossing Jordan as a young Jordan, as well as other television series including Without a Trace, Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name is Earl, CSI: NY, and Close to Home. In 2007, Woodley appeared in Cold Case as Sarah Gunden, the murder victim's younger Amish sister, who originally brought the case to the investigators' attention. Woodley currently stars in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Amy Juergens, a 15 year old who discovers she is pregnant. The show explores the effects of her pregnancy on her family and friends as well as life at Ulysses S. Grant High School in California. The series debuted on July 1, 2008.

Personal life

Shailene suffers from scoliosis and had to wear a back brace for 18 months to straighten out her spine. Woodley is good friends with her Secret Life Co-stars especially Megan Park and Francia Raisa. Park has taught Woodley how to play guitar. Woodley enjoys sewing, nature hiking, making crafts and spending time with friends. She also enjoys watching I Love Lucy episodes and she watches them in her trailer in between shooting scenes. Woodley graduated high school through correspondence.

Shailene has been very busy lately, she recently spent some time in New York City and then returned home to California to spend some time with her family. She is currently in Oahu filming her upcoming movie "The Descendants".

Shailene plans on attending New York University (NYU) upon completion of the show, majoring in interior design and psychology.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Replacing Dad Little Girl TV-movie
2001, 2002 The District Kristin Debreno Episodes: "Explicit Activities", "Cop Hunt"
2001-2004 Crossing Jordan Young Jordan Cavanaugh Episodes: "Deja Past", "Pandora's Trunk: Part 1",
"Blood Relatives", "Digger: Part 2"
2003 The OC Kaitlin Cooper
Without a Trace Young Sara Sears Episode: "Clare de Lune"
2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Snotty Girl #2 Episode: "Party Dress"
2004-2005 Jack & Bobby Chloe Benedict Episodes: "Running Scared", "Valentino"
2005 A Place Called Home Cali Movie
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure Felicity Merriman TV movie
Once Upon a Mattress Molly TV movie
2006 My Name Is Earl Young Gwen Waters Episode: "BB"
2007 Close to Home Gaby Tursi Episode: "Getting In"
CSI: NY Evie Pierpont Episode: "A Daze of Wine and Roaches"
Moola Ashley
Final Approach Maya Bende TV movie
Cold Case Sarah Gunden Episode: "Running Around"
2008-present The Secret Life of the American Teenager Amy Juergens


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2005 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special: Leading Actress A Place Called Home
2006 Nominated Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special

(Comedy or Drama): Leading Actress

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
2009 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama/ Choice Summer Female Star The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance (Comedy or Drama) Leading Actress
2010 Won Gracie Award Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series


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