Shailene Woodley: ‘There are more opportunities for actresses in romance movies’

Shailene Woodley has starred in so many romantic movies because that’s where the most opportunities are for actresses her age.The 28-year-old is known for starring in U.S. TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 2014 drama The Fault in Our St…

Shailene Woodley has starred in so many romantic movies because that’s where the most opportunities are for actresses her age.

The 28-year-old is known for starring in U.S. TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 2014 drama The Fault in Our Stars, alongside Ansel Elgort, and most recently Endings, Beginnings, with Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan.

And when quizzed on why she signs up to romantic dramas, Shailene was honest in her reply.

“Why am I in romance movies? I love love,” she told Wired. “Also, there’s just a lot of opportunities for women my age to be in romance movies and not a lot of opportunities to do other things.”

The Divergent star touched upon the lack of roles for women in Hollywood and stated that romantic movies were always readily available to actresses.

“I’d say that those are probably the number one most available projects to be a part of unless you just want to be like a girlfriend in the background or a flight stewardess. So that’s probably why I’ve done so many romance movies, but also because I love love,” she shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, she also discussed how she was let go from her role playing Mischa Barton’s onscreen younger sister Kaitlin Cooper in teen drama series The O.C. because she hadn’t hit puberty.

“They needed a girl who had a body that was different than mine,” she stated. “But you know what, I didn’t really take offence to it. I was a late bloomer, and it was fine.”

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Jamie Dornan was ‘terrified’ about shooting Endings, Beginnings

Jamie Dornan was so terrified about the improvised nature of Endings, Beginnings that he considered “running away” before shooting began.Drake Doremus’ latest movie follows Shailene Woodley’s character Daphne, who meets two friends at a party a…

Jamie Dornan was so terrified about the improvised nature of Endings, Beginnings that he considered “running away” before shooting began.

Drake Doremus’ latest movie follows Shailene Woodley’s character Daphne, who meets two friends at a party and is unable to decide which one she likes more. Sebastian Stan plays the free-spirited bad boy Frank, while Dornan portrays the intelligent and sensitive Jack.

The actors were given a skeleton script outlining the scene and their characters’ intentions but had to fill in the dialogue on the spot during filming, and the Fifty Shades of Grey actor found the prospect so daunting he considered an escape before his first scene.

“I genuinely wanted to run for the hills the first night. There was a night shoot in L.A., and I was like, ‘I’m so scared.’ I was actually thinking of running away, like legitimately running away,” he confessed to Variety. “I was terrified, because you’re so out of your comfort zone. The first scene I had was the first time Daphne and Jack meet. It’s a party scene. There’s a lot of extras there. There’s music so you have to raise your levels, talk loudly. I just felt so exposed, and I was like, ‘F**k!’ I sort of had no idea what was going to happen.”

The 38-year-old admitted that he stuck very closely to the threadbare script on his first take before Doremus encouraged him to let it all go and follow his instincts.

“Drake comes over and goes: ‘Hey, forget everything on the page. Do whatever you want here.’ And you’re even more terrified than you were the first time,” the star admitted. “But then, that gives way to … I don’t know, truth. You’re suddenly standing there just trying to tell the truth of these two characters and these two situations.”

Endings, Beginnings is now available on video-on-demand.

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Sebastian Stan felt ‘exposed’ improvising scenes for Endings, Beginnings

Sebastian Stan was daunted by the prospect of improvising scenes on the set on Endings, Beginnings.Directed by Drake Doremus, the romantic drama follows Daphne, as played by Shailene Woodley, as she becomes involved in relationships with two friends – …

Sebastian Stan was daunted by the prospect of improvising scenes on the set on Endings, Beginnings.

Directed by Drake Doremus, the romantic drama follows Daphne, as played by Shailene Woodley, as she becomes involved in relationships with two friends – Sebastian’s Frank and Jamie Dornan’s Jack. The film is semi-improvised and loosely based on a screenplay co-written by Jardine Libaire, with the Avengers: Endgame actor finding the experience much more challenging than other Hollywood films he has made.

“It’s a very exposing process. There are takes that we probably shot for 20 minutes straight without cutting and we would go all over the place. You go home and wonder if any of it is good,” he said in an interview with Variety. “But it’s kind of nice because it gets you out of your head; it gets you out of your comfort zone. You just show up tomorrow and all you’re trying to do is be as present as possible and available to any accidents that might happen.”

Sebastian went on to explain that he found comfort in the fact that he had spent a long time preparing for his scenes alongside Shailene and could take cues from Drake and his team.

“We had a direction. A lot of it comes from the dynamic you build in rehearsal,” the 37-year-old explained. “And being open with each other. Shailene, acting opposite her, it was total vulnerability, total honesty. It’s a lot easier when someone opposite you is giving their all.”

And Sebastian was full of praise for filmmaker Drake, who is perhaps best known for his work on movies such as Like Crazy and Newness, and his ability to blend all of the sequences cohesively.

“One of the things he’s such a master at is being able to take all these moments and piece it together into a performance. I have no idea how he edited it all together,” he gushed.

Due to cinemas closing as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Endings, Beginnings is now available to view on digital platforms.

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Zoe Kravitz didn’t enjoy making Divergent franchise

Zoe Kravitz didn’t enjoy making the Divergent film franchise because “nobody really knew what we were doing”.The 31-year-old played Christina alongside Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort in the action trilogy, based on the dys…

Zoe Kravitz didn’t enjoy making the Divergent film franchise because “nobody really knew what we were doing”.

The 31-year-old played Christina alongside Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort in the action trilogy, based on the dystopian book series of the same name by Veronica Roth.

But during an appearance on the Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard podcast on Monday, Zoe admitted that she doesn’t have fond memories of making those movies, which began with 2014’s Divergent.

“Those films, (with) all due respect, those weren’t my favourite films that I’ve made, and I think as we went on, the story really kinda got lost and nobody really knew what we were doing anymore, and that makes it really hard,” she confessed. “I’m happy to go wherever (in her acting), if I know what we’re making and why, but once you lose sight of that, it becomes really hard.”

Zoe shared that she disliked shooting in front of a green screen in the scorching heat of Atlanta, Georgia for three consecutive summers.

“I think it depends what it is too, like, when you’re running away from something and you’re like, ‘What? Why?!” the star continued. “And it’s a million degrees, you can’t see anything, it’s all CG (computer-generated).”

Although the films performed well at the global box office, the first instalment, directed by Neil Burger, received mixed reviews from critics, while the sequels, 2015’s Insurgent and 2016’s Allegiant, which were both helmed by Robert Schwentke, garnered negative reviews.

The poor reactions led to a planned fourth movie, inspired by the second half of the Allegiant novel, to be cancelled altogether.

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Shailene Woodley encouraged to improvise on Endings, Beginnings set

Shailene Woodley was thankful she filmed improvised sex scenes near the end of production on Endings, Beginnings because she had built up trust with her co-stars.In the romantic drama, directed by Like Crazy’s Drake Doremus, the Divergent star plays …

Shailene Woodley was thankful she filmed improvised sex scenes near the end of production on Endings, Beginnings because she had built up trust with her co-stars.

In the romantic drama, directed by Like Crazy’s Drake Doremus, the Divergent star plays Daphne, who is caught up in a love triangle with two best friends played by Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan.

The movie is semi-improvised, so Shailene was glad the sex scenes were shot towards the end of production because she had more trust with her colleagues.

“Luckily, our intimate scenes came toward the end of the shoot, so there was a great level of trust with the actors,” she told The New York Times. “In one scene, Sebastian picked me up and took me across the room as the camera followed us, and it was a completely different sex scene than what ended up in the movie. But we had to explore all different parts of these two people’s physical nature to really get down to the essence of what worked for this film thematically.”

The 28-year-old shared that they didn’t use an intimacy coach on set and she preferred it that way.

“For me, intimacy coaches make me uncomfortable because it feels like another set of eyes that I don’t need,” the actress continued. “But I have no problem stopping production when I’m uncomfortable, and I don’t think that’s the case for a lot of people, so I think it’s wonderful that there’s a lifeline that people can lean on to know they’ll be protected. That being said, the best thing a director could do is ask an actor right off the bat: ‘What are you comfortable with? What are your boundaries?’”

Woodley enjoyed the experience because she essentially played a version of herself.

“I got to explore some of the more extroverted side of myself who could go out and be free and live with abandon,” she shared. “Because it’s just not something I would allow myself to do.”

Endings, Beginnings, which was originally slated for a cinema release, is available on digital platforms now.

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Stella McCartney swaps models for animal mascots at fall 20 show

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly …

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.

The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials in all of her products.

On Monday, McCartney unveiled her fall/winter 2020 collection at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the presentation attracting the likes of Janelle Monae, Shailene Woodley, Caitriona Balfe, Ashley Benson, and Isabelle Huppert – though she stunned the crowd by having people dressed as cows, foxes, alligators, rabbits, and a horse walk the runway alongside the regular models.

“What we try to do here at Stella is to sugarcoat a powerful, meaningful message in a little bit of humour and fun, to make our point in a palatable and digestible way so that people listen,” the 48-year-old commented of the concept to The Guardian. “These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway. I wanted to make that point, but in a joyous way.”

Elsewhere, McCartney made efforts to reduce environmental impacts by reusing seating, sharing invites digitally, repurposing walls, and planting trees. As for the fashion, the designer took inspiration from the work of Russian-born French artist and illustrator Erte, with some of his archival works used for the first time as fashion prints.

“Erte’s artistic vision is translated into Stella’s aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring a compelling tension created by the feminisation of masculine clothing, sculptural silhouettes, and minimal embellishments are balanced with natural textures,” the show notes read. “True to Stella, the palette includes terrestrial tones of mineral, clay, sand, charcoal, walnut, and navy alongside punches of lilac and ginger.”

Highlights of the range included a dark dress with silver beading on the bodice, cosy coats, and oversized suiting.

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Renee Zellweger wows in baby blue gown at 2020 Golden Globes

Renee Zellweger stood out from the crowd in a baby blue gown at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.The actress collected the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s fi…

Renee Zellweger stood out from the crowd in a baby blue gown at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The actress collected the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s film Judy at the awards ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Renee made a rare red carpet appearance for the event and certainly turned heads in a strapless dress with crystal detailing on the bodice custom-made for her by the designers at Armani Prive. The 50-year-old’s ensemble was put together by Petra Flannery, with the stylist completing the look with shoes from Jimmy Choo and David Webb jewellery.

“Armani exemplifies Hollywood glamour, yet always adopts a modern approach to dressing,” Flannery told British Vogue of working with the team at the Italian fashion house. “The shapes are often sleek and statuesque. This dress in particular exudes these qualities with its column silhouette and half-moon curvature at the top. The polished and graceful details mirror Renee’s style.”

Among the other celebrities to wear blue on the night was Glenn Close, who sported a navy velvet outfit from Armani Prive along with Cartier earrings, Shailene Woodley, who wore a blue and black sequin Balmain gown, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who donned an electric blue Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo.

Meanwhile, the other major fashion trend for the bash was red outfits. Nicole Kidman wowed in a strapless crimson Atelier Versace gown, Scarlett Johansson chose a bright red dress with plunging neckline from Vera Wang, Olivia Coleman wore a red dress with dramatic sleeves from Emilia Wickstead, and Lauren Graham donned a fiery one-shoulder look from Azzi & Osta.

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Laura Dern: ‘Younger men find older women sexy’

Laura Dern wants older women to know that younger men still find them sexy.The Big Little Lies star has opened up on style and beauty in an interview with InStyle magazine and revealed that she’s still lusted after by the younger generation at the age …

Laura Dern wants older women to know that younger men still find them sexy.

The Big Little Lies star has opened up on style and beauty in an interview with InStyle magazine and revealed that she’s still lusted after by the younger generation at the age of 52.

“There is an American female myth that younger men don’t find older women sexy. That is a myth. Take it from me!” Dern laughed.

The actress is reportedly single after divorcing musician Ben Harper in 2013.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Dern said she and her Big Little Lies co-stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley, all share beauty tips and treatments while at work on the HBO show.

“We talked a lot about skin care. Reese and I even share a facialist. It’s a group of women working together for months, and we all want to take care of our skin and have tried different fads,” she explained. “Zoe turned me on to a face mist that was so beautiful. And I’m always looking for organic makeup and companies that are doing good things for the planet, which Shailene knows all about.”

And as for the vital piece of advice that she gave her co-stars? Take a bath.

“The one tip I bring to all of my friendships is that baths are the ultimate game changer,” the actress stated. “If I’m at a hotel and have eight minutes before I have to run somewhere, I’m in a warm bath with lavender. It’s my meditation and can totally change my energy.”

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Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley to star in romantic drama

Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley are teaming up for a new romantic drama.The duo will star in and produce The Last Letter from Your Lover, which is based on the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes, according to editors at Variety. Actress and director …

Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley are teaming up for a new romantic drama.

The duo will star in and produce The Last Letter from Your Lover, which is based on the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes, according to editors at Variety.

Actress and director Augustine Frizzell will helm the love story, which follows journalist Ellie, played by Jones, who uncovers a series of love letters that document the romance in the 1960s between two star-crossed lovers.

Woodley will play Jennifer Stirling, who writes about her affair with Anthony O’Hare, played by Callum Turner, in the letters.

Joe Alwyn, Nabhaan Rizwan, and Ncuti Gatwa will also appear in the movie, which will begin shooting in Mallorca, Spain on 14 October. Production will later move to the U.K.

Moyes’s novel was first published in 2010, and has sold more than three million copies, and been translated into 33 languages.

Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent, Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss are producing, with leading ladies Jones and Woodley serving as executive producers.

The 35-year-old will next be seen alongside Eddie Redmayne in historical drama The Aeronauts, and has landed a role in George Clooney’s sci-fi epic Good Morning, Midnight, set to be released next year.

Golden Globe-nominated actress Woodley recently finished a star turn in the second season of the hit HBO show, Big Little Lies.

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Jamie Dornan joins Kristen Wiig’s comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Jamie Dornan has signed on to star in Kristen Wiig’s upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.The new movie follows two best friends, Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, w…

Jamie Dornan has signed on to star in Kristen Wiig’s upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

The new movie follows two best friends, Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, where they quickly become inadvertently involved in a villain’s plot to kill everyone in the California town.

Wiig and her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo will play Barb and Star, while Dornan will portray Edgar, a lovelorn spy who gets caught between the forces of good and evil.

The leading ladies also wrote the script, and enlisted Josh Greenbaum as director, with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum serving as producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 37-year-old has yet to flex his comedy muscles, and is best known for his dark and moody characters, such as serial killer Paul Spector in BBC drama The Fall, brooding S&M enthusiast Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, and photographer Paul Conroy in war biopic A Private War.

Dornan will next be seen later this year alongside Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan in the untitled Drake Doremus project, and is set to star in sci-fi thriller Synchronic, opposite Anthony Mackie.

News of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was announced in April, and representatives for studio Lionsgate said they were “honoured” to be behind Wiig and Mumolo’s upcoming comedy.

“Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane said in a statement.

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