Nov. 15th, 1991
Simi Valley, California, USA
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Shailene Diann Woodley (born November 15, 1991) is an American actress. Woodley is best known for portraying Amy Juergens in the ABC Family series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Born in Simi Valley, California to Lori, a middle school counselor, and Loni, a school principal. She also has a younger brother, Tanner. Although her parents are divorced, she claims they still spend the holidays together.
Woodley had her first audition at the age of five, when her model cousin brought her to a talent-call audition. "My mom was like, 'Hey, you want to act today?' and I was like, 'Sure!' And it just kind of happened. I was never forced to do it, and I never forced them to take me to auditions", explained Woodley.
She attended Simi Valley High School. When she was 15 and a freshman, her parents divorced and she was also diagnosed with scoliosis. "We were getting ready to go swimming and I was in a bikini", her best friend then said, "Shai, your spine is weird." She went to the doctors and was told 2% of the population has it, but not all cases require surgery. She was instead put in a chest-to-hips plastic brace to straighten her spine.
In 2002, she appeared in small television roles on Without a Trace and The District.
In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award (YAA) in the Category: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special—Leading Young Actress for her role in A Place Called Home as California Ford. She appeared as Felicity Merriman, in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure for which she received a Young Artists award nomination in the Category: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama). This is one of two TV specials that Woodley appeared in with 'John Schneider'. She appeared on Crossing Jordan as a young Jordan, as well as other television series including, Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name is Earl, CSI: NY, and Close to Home.
In 2007, Woodley appeared in Cold Case as Sarah Gunden, the murder victim's younger Amish sister, who originally brought the case to the investigators' attention. Woodley currently stars in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Amy Juergens, a 15 year old who discovers she is pregnant. The show explores the effects of her pregnancy on her family and friends as well as life at Ulysses S. Grant High School in California. The series debuted on July 1, 2008.
- Suffers from scoliosis.
- Was forced to wear a brace for nearly 18 months to straighten out her lower spine. The only time she didn't wear it was on the Secret Life set.