Shailene Woodley is offering up rare insight into her personal life.
Sitting down for an interview with the NET-A-PORTER.com‘s digital magazine The EDIT, the 24-year-old opens up about how her nontraditional upbringing shaped the person she’s become for the better.
The California native — who was raised by her psychologist father and counselor mother — explains that although she had a peculiar childhood, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“My family is super-f*cked up in many ways, but they are also my everything. They would do anything for me, and I would do anything for them. That’s a lot more than most people can say about their families. I’m grateful for the sh*t that happened.”
Without going into too much detail (per usual), the Divergent star remembers a time when her and her younger brother were forced to stand on the lawn and hug it out for hours on end after an argument:
“The whole time you’re just seething, you’re disliking this person with so much energy, but if you let go you have to stay there for an extra hour. That was the manipulative psychology my parents were into!”
And that same parenting pushed Shailene to put herself in other people’s shoes in any situation:
“There were times in school, when someone said something really mean, it would hurt my feelings and my parents weren’t on my side,. They would be like, ‘I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way, but what do you think that person was feeling?’ Oh, I hated it. Now, of course, I understand it; it’s enabled me to recognize that no one’s evil, they’re probably hurting and can’t express themselves, get no love at home, so it’s repeated. It gave me a broader outlook: just put yourself in another person’s shoes.”
This ability to relate to others is a problem she thinks many of her colleagues in Hollywood have trouble with, especially when it comes to politics:
“I have a hard time having political conversations in Hollywood. Most people there are so privileged, they don’t see the 99-percent of America, because they don’t have to. It’s hard for people like that to see another perspective.”
You can read Miz Woodley’s full interview HERE.
[Image via Net-A-Porter.]