1:30 pm EDT, March 21, 2014

Fifteen fun facts about Shailene Woodley and Theo James

Sometimes it feels like you know pretty much everything about a movie star just by looking at them. We’re here to tell you that there’s more to Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James than meets the eye!

Sure, they’re both up and coming actors who landed the two main roles in one of the biggest movies this year. But what do you really know about them?

We’ve done the research and compiled a list of the 15 most interesting fun facts about the actors. From clay eating to tap dancing, we all have a lot to learn about Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

Shailene Woodley


Shailene Woodley is a giant hugger

She loves to hug everyone she comes into contact with because she believes it establishes more of a personal connection. Whether it’s her first time meeting someone or just a casual meeting with friends, she always greets everyone with a hug. Sure, it’s caused a few awkward situations (like Ansel Elgort not knowing what to do when she hugged him at their first meeting), but it mostly solidifies her sweetheart status.

She doesn’t own a cell phone

The star ditched her cell phone recently because she believes that technology is not only a threat to privacy but also to interpersonal relationships. She has said that she’s talking to people more now than she ever has, especially strangers, because she doesn’t have her cell phone as a crutch anymore. We couldn’t imagine keeping in touch with all of our friends who live far away without a cell phone, but, we have to admit that it sounds intriguing.

She was in ‘The O.C.’

One of Shailene Woodley’s first roles was actually on The O.C.. She played young Kaitlin Cooper during the popular show’s first season. Unfortunately, she was later replaced by Willa Holland (who now plays Thea Queen on Arrow). But that’s ok because it allowed her to move on to bigger and better things like playing Felicity Merriman in An American Girl Adventure. And her more recent projects of course.

She always carries a mason jar glass with her to drink from

Shailene Woodley brings a mason jar with her wherever she goes because she doesn’t like drinking (or eating) from plastic containers or cups. She believes that they affect what she ingests. In an interview with the L.A. Times, Miles Teller joked that “Shailene always has a mason jar with her, and 100% of the time it smells like crap,… Usually it’s, like, seaweed or something weird from the ocean.”

She’s a herbalist

Shailene loves herbal remedies and natural products (as you may have noticed from her most recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). She not only makes her own medicines, but also her own cheese and condiments. She eats clay, forages for her food, and collects natural spring water for drinking. She even uses coconut oil as a moisturizer, saying that it’s natural and makes her smell like a “yummy macaroon.”

When she was 15, Shailene Woodley was diagnosed with scoliosis

For those of you who have never encountered it, scoliosis is basically a severe curvature of the spine. Instead of looking like a straight line from the back, it looks like an “S.” Instead of letting her condition get her down, Woodley donned her back brace with a positive attitude, making jokes about needing a new wardrobe. Fortunately for her, her doctors allowed her to remove her brace after about two years.

She screams/sings when she wakes up

While most of us start the day by hitting the snooze button or groaning and pulling the covers over our faces, Shailene Woodley starts every day with a bang. As soon as she wakes up, she screams “Good morning! Good morning!” to the tune of the Singin’ in the Rain song at the top of her lungs. She believes it sets the tone for the rest of her day. It’s certainly something for the rest of us to try…

She was considered for the role of Katniss Everdeen

That’s right. Shailene Woodley could have potentially been the star of The Hunger Games instead of Jennifer Lawrence. How strange would that be? Would Woodley then have tried to convince Lawrence to take on the role of Tris, making her a rising star? The world will never know, but we’re ok with that. We think these two ladies are perfectly suited for their respective heroines.

Continue on to the next page to see what fun facts we dug up about Theo James!

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