Shailene Woodley reveals she turned down roles due to a health condition

Samantha David|July 19, 2021
Shailene Woodley reveals she turned down roles due to a health condition

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Shailene Woodley opened up about a health condition because of which she had to turn down roles.

The 29-year-old shared, “"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. 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."

She stated, "I'm on the tail end of it, which is very exciting, but it's an interesting thing, going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, what you look like. It spun me out for a while. You feel so incredibly isolated and alone."

The Big Little Lies actor added, “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."

Woodley further discussed about the lessons she learned from the health condition, “It made me learn the incredibly difficult life task of not caring what people think about you very quickly. The more I paid attention to the noise that was surrounding me, the longer it was taking my body and my mind to heal because I wasn't focused on myself, I was focused on an image of myself via the lens of everyone around us.”

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