Shailene WoodleyWith ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager heading towards a fifth season, it’s safe to say that the show’s star, Shailene Woodley, has made quite the name for herself. However, as much success as the actress has found in the television industry, she admits, “Features is where my heart is.” Well, turns out her heart is leading her in the right direction because not only is her first big screen effort an Alexander Payne film starring George Clooney, but Woodley is downright fantastic in it.

She plays Alexandra King, Matt King’s (Clooney) eldest daughter. While she’s away at school, her mother gets into a terrible jet skiing accident that leaves her in a coma. Complicating matters further, it turns out Alexandra didn’t leave home on the best terms. She caught her mother cheating and now, considering the state of affairs, she figures it’s time to tell her father the truth after which she, her younger sister Scottie (Amara Miller) and her boyfriend Sid (Nick Krause) join Matt on a hunt for his wife’s lover.

While promoting The Descendants at the New York Film Festival, Woodley took the time to sit down and talk about the degree of passion she had for the project, her experience shooting in Hawaii and learning about the culture, working with Payne and Clooney and much more. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and keep an eye out for The Descendants, which is due out in theaters on November 16th.

By Perri Nemiroff

By Perri Nemiroff

Film producer and director best known for her work in movies such as FaceTime, Trevor, and The Professor. She has worked as an online movie blogger and reporter for sites such as,, Shockya, and MTV's Movies Blog.

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