Friday, November 25, 2011

Shailene Woodley: Breakout Star

If you saw The Descendants this weekend, you saw one hell of a performance by actress Shailene Woodley, who just turned 20 this past month.

USA Today profiled her.
At year's end, when studios launch their best hopes for Oscar attention, there usually is one or two Cinderellas poised to step into the lead or supporting-actress category.

It might be Woodley's turn, thanks to her knockout performance as Alex, a recovering addict whose profanity-laced resentment toward her distant dad gradually shifts to respect after her mother falls into a coma.

"She really elevates that role from a stereotype," Clooney says with paternal pride of his movie daughter, who has been acting on TV since she was 5. "You can write and direct it. But at the end of the day, someone has to play it." The scene that grabs 'em every time: Alex's breakdown in a pool after being told tragic news. "She cries underwater," marvels the actor.

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