From Runt to Towering: Shailene Woodley Embraces Growth Spurt After Being “Super Short”

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Shailene Woodley, an American actress, was born in San Bernardino, California, on November 15, 1991. She is 5ft 7 ¾ inches (172.1 cm) tall and significantly taller than the average American woman

She wears a US size nine shoe; the equivalent sizes in other systems are approximately UK size 7, EU size 39-40, and 25.1 cm.

At the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscars party in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, March 12, Shailene Woodley stood at 5ft 7 ¾ (172.1 cm) and dazzled in a Del Core dress, Swarovski jewelry, a Tyler Ellis bag, and Stuart Weitzman shoesAt the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscars party in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, March 12, Shailene Woodley stood at 5ft 7 ¾ (172.1 cm) and dazzled in a Del Core dress, Swarovski jewelry, a Tyler Ellis bag, and Stuart Weitzman shoes (Credit: PA Images / INSTARimages)

Struggle With Self-Acceptance

In a 2009 interview with Seventeen Magazine, Shailene Woodley spoke about her struggles with self-acceptance, emphasizing the importance of self-love and the difficulties of dealing with body image issues, particularly her feelings about being naturally skinny and her growth spurt.

Yeah! I’ve always been like super skinny and not tall. I grew now but I was like super-short growing up. I was always the runt and now I’m like towering over everyone. But my family – we all just have like fast metabolisms, so we’re all lanky. I’m always like “I’m too skinny, I can’t gain weight, even when I try.” I’d like to try to not let that get to me.

Shailene Woodley turned heads in a Stella McCartney bird crest print satin wrap mini skirt at the Stella McCartney X Adidas PartyShailene Woodley turned heads in a Stella McCartney bird crest print satin wrap mini skirt at the Stella McCartney X Adidas Party at Henson Recording Studio on February 2, 2023, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: BauerGriffin / INSTARimages)

Acting Career and Environmental Activism

Woodley began her career in modeling at five and transitioned into acting, gaining prominence from roles in shows and movies like “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “The Descendants,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” and “The Divergent Series.”

Beyond acting, she is dedicated to environmental activism, serving as a Greenpeace Oceans Ambassador and engaging in multiple organizations and initiatives that promote sustainability and youth development.

Financial Success and Recognition

Best known for her supporting role in ‘The Descendants,’ her portrayal of Tris Prior in the dystopian ‘Divergent’ film series, and her role as Jane Chapman in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies,’ she has a net worth of $12 million as of 2024.

In addition to earning Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nominations for her performance in Big Little Lies, she earned $1.7 million (about $250,000 per episode) for Season One of the American drama television series based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty (available on Amazon).

Shailene Woodley displays her feet in Ferragamo sandals at the 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsShailene Woodley displays her feet in Ferragamo sandals at the 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards held at InterContinental Hotel on January 13, 2012, in Century City, California (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

It was reported that Shailene received a significant salary increase for Season Two of the show, which premiered on June 9, 2019. Her pay per episode is believed to have been between $300,000 and $500,000.

Shailene Woodley: Facts, Rumors, and Everything in Between

Net Worth:Shailene Woodley has an estimated net worth reported to be in the range of $12 million as of 2024.
Full Name:Shailene Diann Woodley
Born:Shailene Woodley, whose full birth name is Shailene Diann Woodley, was born on November 15, 1991, in San Bernardino, California, United States.
Dating/Husband:Shailene Woodley was engaged to Aaron Rodgers from 2020 to 2022. Before that, she had a relationship with Ben Volavola between 2017 and 2020.

Over the years, she has also been linked with several other personalities, including Ezra Miller in 2016, Nahko Bear from 2014 to 2016, Theo James in 2014, and Elliot Page.
Kids:Shailene Woodley does not have any children.
Weight:Shailene Woodley's weight is not publicly known. However, she is approximately 5'8" tall and has a slim build. Based on her height and build, it is likely that she weighs between 120 and 130 pounds.
Shoe Size:Shailene Woodley wears a US size 9 shoe. Shoe size can vary among individuals regardless of their height, but a US size 9 is fairly average for women of her height.
Is Shailene Woodley tall or short?Shailene Woodley stands at 5 feet 7¾ inches (172.1 cm) tall. While height is relative and what might be considered tall or short varies by region and culture, in many contexts, this would be considered above average height for a woman. So, Shailene Woodley is relatively tall.
Nationality:Shailene Woodley is an American citizen.
Source of Wealth:Shailene Woodley has earned her wealth through her successful acting career, which has included roles in films such as The Fault in Our Stars, The Divergent Series, and Big Little Lies. She has also starred in several television series, including The Secret Life of the American Teenager and The Descendants.
Ethnicity/Race:Shailene Woodley's father is of English descent, while her mother has a rich ethnic background that includes African-American, Louisiana Creole (with roots tracing back to African, French, Spanish, and German ancestry), English, and Swiss-German.

Shailene Woodley’s Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Quotes

“I think the most important thing in life is self-love, because if you don’t have self-love, and respect for everything about your own body, your own soul, your own capsule, then how can you have an authentic relationship with anyone else?” – Shailene Woodley

“My favorite movies are movies that I go in and I leave deeply affected. Whether I laugh really hard or whether I cry really hard, I just want to feel really affected in that moment.” – Shailene Woodley

Actress Shailene Woodley displays her feet and legs in Pierre Hardy heels on the red carpet Actress Shailene Woodley displays her feet and legs in Pierre Hardy heels on the red carpet before the Virtuosos Award Tribute at the Arlington Theatre on February 3, 2012, in Santa Barbara, California (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

“For me, acting is about the art of it and it’s about being on a film set and doing your thing, painting a blank canvas.” – Shailene Woodley

“I was always the frugal kid growing up because I was saving for college. Or I was always that kid that was like, ‘I’m going to save my babysitting money so I can eat an expensive dinner when I go to Europe.'” – Shailene Woodley

“I feel like a turtleneck dress that’s long-sleeved and covers your entire body but is tight fitting is so much sexier than boobs spilling out, you know? So I guess I’m more into being classy sexy versus apparent sexy.” – Shailene Woodley

Actress Shailene Woodley displays her feet in black heels at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards Press Room at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, CaliforniaActress Shailene Woodley displays her feet in black heels at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards Press Room at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

“I think there is a point in every teenager’s life where they are forced to come into themselves.” – Shailene Woodley

“Alcohol is a big part of high school. I went through my little phase. I don’t know one high schooler that doesn’t.” – Shailene Woodley

“You forget that you do choose your life and there are so many things to be grateful for and I feel like society has gotten to that point where we’re always looking for the next and the better and we lose sight of what’s actually in front of us.” – Shailene Woodley

“Acting is fun and I refuse to get involved in the semantics and the politics of strategy and breaking out of something or doing something because you need to do something else. For me it’s all about what fuels my soul and if I’m passionate about a screenplay then that’s what I’ll do next.” – Shailene Woodley

“I would love to act for the rest of my life, but I also know that it could be taken away in a day. It’s something I’ve always loved, but it’s nothing I’ve ever revolved my entire life around. I have many other passions as well.” – Shailene Woodley

“I’m always like ‘I’m too skinny, I can’t gain weight, even when I try.’ I’d like to try to not let that get to me.” – Shailene Woodley

“When I started acting, my parents gave me three rules: I had to stay good in school, stay the kid they always knew I was, and I had to have fun. If I wasn’t doing those three things, then I couldn’t do acting anymore.” – Shailene Woodley

“There aren’t a lot of films about adolescents or quote-unquote coming-of-age films that are realistic nowadays.” – Shailene Woodley

“Every family is dysfunctional, whether you want to admit it or not.” – Shailene Woodley

“Every single journey that I’ve embarked on, I’ve learned something new.” – Shailene Woodley

“I’m already the most fortunate girl in the world, so I have zero expectations for what the future will bring.” – Shailene Woodley

“When I read a script or I see a character, I don’t necessarily see the arc of her, that by the end she is this person, she’s different from she was in the beginning. I guess it’s more a subconscious understanding of that arc.” – Shailene Woodley

“I think there’s a lot of work to be done with our societies. My biggest passions are the environment and health. And when I say ‘health’ I mean the secrets behind health and our food system.” – Shailene Woodley

“I really respond to human scripts, scripts that are raw and real and risky. I love playing scary characters – not horror film scary, but vulnerable scary.” – Shailene Woodley

“I’m not really fond of the trails left in the sky and a lot of chemicals that are being pumped through factories and even in the clothes we wear.” – Shailene Woodley

“To be honest, I never went to school for acting, and I never learned to break down a script. I took acting classes my whole life, but they never taught me anything about acting. They just taught me about myself.” – Shailene Woodley

“Everyone today is like, ‘Shailene, you’re getting so much buzz. How does the feel?’ It’s the most odd question because it’s like asking a kid who got into Cornell how it feels to be the top of your class at one of the Ivy League schools. How do you answer that? You just go, ‘I don’t know.'” – Shailene Woodley

“I like to think of myself as a fairly educated human being, but I’m a very uneducated actor when it comes to movies, directors, producers, actors for that matter.” – Shailene Woodley

“For me acting is a passion and an art, and always will only be that. I don’t have any rules when it comes to acting. I’ll do anything. But it depends on the script. Either I’ll have passion for the project or I won’t. It’s got to fuel me.” – Shailene Woodley

“For me, my rule in this industry is I’ve got to listen to my butterflies. So if I got butterflies, then those are the scripts I go after.” – Shailene Woodley

“A quarter of my life has been spent on ‘Secret Life.’ I’m 20 and I’ve been doing it for five years, so I think the best moments have been when all the cast members get to work together and we get to collaborate and share experiences. We all grew up together.” – Shailene Woodley

“George Clooney sort of lost his ‘George Clooney-ness’ the first day I met him. He’s not George Clooney in my eyes – he’s George from Kentucky with an awesome, awesome heart.” – Shailene Woodley

“I would like to do something dark or small. I love independent films. I love emotional scenes. I love people who are struggling with something. I think it’s just the juxtaposition to my incredibly happy, positive demeanor.” – Shailene Woodley

“I’d like to be like a hummingbird. You see them every now and then. You don’t see them everywhere.” – Shailene Woodley

“I think every teenager goes through their angst. People who are like, ‘No, I had a perfect adolescence,’ make me wonder how that is possible.” – Shailene Woodley

“There’s been times when I’ve had heartbreaking moments and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe you said that,’ or ‘I can’t believe you did that’. And it hurts, it still hurts, and it’ll always hurt, but I’ve never had somebody that I truly cared about just walk out on me, whether it was a boyfriend, or an aunt, mom or dad.” – Shailene Woodley

“So often, I read scripts and am like, ‘This would never happen in real life. It’s not trying to be funny. It’s trying to be serious.'” – Shailene Woodley

“I think you get the most honest performances when an actor shows up to set with their lines memorized. That’s a very important thing that a lot of people seem to forget. You have a pre-conceived notion of what you want the scene to be, but once you get there, that goes out the window and it turns out to be a way that you never imagined.” – Shailene Woodley

“I love arguing. I always say that I’ll never win a physical battle, but I can always win a mental battle. I mean, not really, because I never really argue with anyone.” – Shailene Woodley

“When it comes down to it, I’m just a girl who wears those five-finger weird toe shoes.” – Shailene Woodley

“I went to public school my whole life, graduated high school with my class. Growing up, I’d go to an audition, my friends would go to soccer practice and we’d all reconvene and hang out in our neighborhood. When I would book something, I would never tell my friends. Acting was just fun. I was a kid, I wasn’t jaded.” – Shailene Woodley

“George Clooney is a super-human, he’s just such an amazing human being, he taught me how to be a better person and a better actor!” – Shailene Woodley

“I had never been to Hawaii, and now I say that my body is from L.A. but my heart is from Hawaii, because I’m in love with it and it’s home on every level, from a spiritual, soulful place.” – Shailene Woodley

Fashion Highlight: The Spectacular Now Screening

When you’re an up-and-coming actress, you might as well pull out all the stops when making a fashion statement on the red carpet, right? That’s what Shailene Woodley did at a screening of her film, The Spectacular Now, in July 2013.

Shailene Woodley completed her look with a simple ponytail at a screening for her film, The Spectacular Now, at the Vista TheaterShailene Woodley completed her look with a simple ponytail at a screening for her film, The Spectacular Now, at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles on July 30, 2013 (Credit: Ryan / FayesVision / WENN)

“I fought for three years to get this movie made. I wouldn’t give it up, even when I knew other people had the offer. I was still like, ‘B—h, I want to be in this movie.’ Even if I’m an extra, I believe in it so much,” she explained to Huffington Post how much she wanted a role in The Spectacular Now.

The then-21-year-old actress posed in a black Proenza Schouler skirt and a crop top with a high neck, which she paired with funky black sandals from the label’s Resort 2014 collection.

She continued the quirky vibe with a large H.O.W.L. dream catcher necklace and characteristic rings.

Shailene Woodley rocked a Proenza Schouler Resort 2014 outfit featuring a black turtleneck crop top and a draped calf-length skirtShailene Woodley rocked a Proenza Schouler Resort 2014 outfit featuring a black turtleneck crop top and a draped calf-length skirt (Credit: Ryan / FayesVision / WENN)

Shailene, who was also starring in The Secret Life of an American Teenager, had started taking more risks with her style choices, and we applauded her efforts!

Shailene Woodley showed off her feet in black double-buckle shoes from Proenza SchoulerShailene Woodley showed off her feet in black double-buckle shoes from Proenza Schouler (Credit: Ryan / FayesVision / WENN)

What do you think of Shailene’s high-fashion look? Proenza Schouler is known for bold, modern designs, and Shailene’s sandals are no different.

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