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Shailene Woodley fans voice support after Big Little Lies star reveals extent of debilitating health condition

“The Fault in Our Stars” actress Shailene Woodley is known for her jaw-dropping acting skills, being everyone’s favorite nature-lover, and for her commendable activism regarding crucial causes like protecting the Dakota Pipeline, and empowering students through her nonprofit All it Takes . In short, this two-time Golden Globe nominee is as fierce as they come, flying sky-high ever since her breakthrough performances in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “The Descendants” . But a new interview shows her rise to fame was actually much more difficult than anyone could have thought. I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to, but because I physically couldn’t participate in them,” Woodley shares. “Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm for a broken leg, it’s really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you’re experiencing when it’s a silent, quiet and invisible pain.”

But after therapy, time alone without her phone, and saying “no” more, the actress truly improved her wellbeing. That being said, her latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter is showing the physical element to her struggles, too. “And we didn’t do it for months and months after we had become engaged, but the reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, ‘Let’s just politely decline for a little while and live in our little bubble,’” she says. — Sasha Samsonova/THRShailene Woodley opens up about her engagement, how she’s been battling a secret illness and more in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

“It was pretty debilitating. I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to but because I physically couldn’t participate in them,” Woodley recalled. “And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn’t take care of myself. The self-inflicted pressure of not wanting to be helped or taken care of created more physical unrest throughout those years.” Woodley’s recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter is shedding light on some very-serious health struggles she’s endured, but the 29-year-old actress has previously spoken about her mental health issues. In May 2020, Woodley toldHarper’s Bazaar, “I never realized that I had anxiety until my physical body started breaking down.” While many fans already knew about Woodley’s struggles, they are just now finding out more about the actress’s physical ailments. I now understand that I had extreme social anxiety—I never felt safe, I never felt like I could trust people, I never felt like it was okay to not be in control, that there were other people who could take care of me.

“I got to a point in my life where my physical body started literally shutting down,” says Woodley. In order to heal, she pulled back from acting, let certain roles and opportunities go, slowed down. And to her surprise, it wasn’t just healing her physical pain that brought her peace, but grappling with mental and emotional pain she had been harboring for too long. She began the slow process of focusing on her mental health, which she credits with revealing how anxiety silently affected her life and giving her the tools to remain grounded and compassionate with herself. “I haven’t spoken much about this yet publicly, and I will one day, but I was very, very sick in my early 20s. While I was doing theDivergentmovies and working hard, I also was struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation,” she said at the time. “Because of that, I said no to a lot of opportunities because I needed to get better, and those jobs ended up going to peers of mine who I love. They went on to a lot of success.”

She portrayed a 16-year-old cancer patient who meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters , a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Green said via Twitter about Woodley; “There were so many amazing auditions for the role of Hazel, but Shailene’s love for the book and her understanding of Hazel blew me away.” The film was a blockbuster success, grossing over $307 million worldwide. On November 14, 2014, she received The Hollywood Film Award for Hollywood Breakout Performance – Actress for her depiction of Hazel. The Big Little Lies star suffers from a condition she has never publicly named and very rarely speaks about, but in a new interview she admitted battling the illness has impacted her mental health, as it has forced her to turn down projects she really wanted to take part in. In addition to the pain, she had to turn down quite a bit of acting work so that she could care for herself.

But there are people who can provide for us, there are people who can make us feel safe. It wasn’t until I started recognizing those habits and addressing them that I was able to change my perspective on mental health to a point where my physical ailments went away. I realized that most of my adult life, I didn’t sleep because my mind was continuously overwhelmed. I feel much more grounded and rooted in my body, and I show more compassion and kindness towards myself.

But at the end of the night, a lot of people like to have dinner, a lot of people like to talk, a lot of people want your attention, and if I can’t give it to them, then I don’t give it to them. I say no thank you, and I go to bed at the time I need to go to bed. In 2019, Woodley starred in the romantic drama Endings, Beginnings alongside Sebastian Stan, Jamie Dornan, and Matthew Gray Gubler. In 2021, she starred in the real-life celebrities from savannah ga Guantanamo Bay drama film The Mauritanian alongside Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim and Benedict Cumberbatch and also had a small supporting role in the critically acclaimed film The Fallout. She also starred in the romantic drama film The Last Letter from Your Lover alongside Felicity Jones, based on the bestselling book by Jojo Moyes. In October 2012, Woodley was offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Shailene Woodley with Sam Claflin in Adrift”Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm or a broken leg, it’s really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you’re experiencing when it’s a silent, quiet and invisible pain.” “I haven’t spoken much about this yet publicly, and I will one day, but I was very, very sick in my early 20s. While I was doing the ‘Divergent’ movies and working hard, I also was struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation.