Shailene Woodley: Life is fleeting

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley is grateful for every moment of her life.

The young actress is making waves in Hollywood thanks to starring roles in Divergent and The Descendants. Far from reveling in her new showbiz status and red-carpet appearances, 22-year-old Shailene doesn’t ever take her A-list life for granted.

“You have to be grateful for every moment, every breath. All we’re granted in life is moments,” Shailene told Total Film magazine.

Part of the reason Shailene rejoices in the present moment is because of the role she takes on in new movie The Fault in Our Stars. Based on the bestselling John Green novel, the sad tale tells the story of two young people struggling with both falling in love and living with cancer.

“This movie teaches you life isn’t fair. There’s no reason why Ansel [Elgort, co-star] and I are at the Four Seasons Hotel talking to you and why there are kids our age in hospitals, still going though what they were going through when we met them months ago,” she sighed.

“It [the movie] took away my fear of death, almost all fear actually. Once you realize life is so fleeting, fear doesn’t have any room to occupy your mind.”

For Ansel the process of filming the heartbreaking movie didn’t take away his fear of death, but it did alter the way he looked at it.

“I’m still scared of dying, but not in the same way. I’m scared of dying because I don’t want to let down the people in my life…I felt like I became more of a man and less of a boy,” Ansel confessed.

This isn’t the first time the two actors have joined forces on screen. In Divergent they play siblings Tris and Caleb in the dystopian adventure and are looking forward to the next installment of the franchise, Insurgent, to hit cinemas next year.

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