Shailene Woodley wants to be “the best version” of herself every single day.
The actress has a new outlook on life after spending time with terminally ill teenagers in preparation for her role in the big-screen adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel, The Fault in our Stars. For the 22-year-old, meeting such inspirational people helped her gain some perspective on life.
“I want to wake up every single day and be the best version of me. A lot of that has to do with Fault and meeting these 16 or 18-year-olds who had a week to live or passed away while we were filming,” she told People magazine. “Doing that film taught me that there is no room for fear. Zero.”
In the film, Shailene plays cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster. But working alongside real-life cancer patients left the Divergent actress with a lot of guilt.
“There is just no way to justify life,” she said. “Why am I here making this couple-million-dollar movie and eating a nice meal with [my costar] Laura Dern, and at the table right next to us is a 16-year-old boy with a tumor growing out of his head?”
However, being reminded on a daily basis just how short life can be has inspired the actress to feel positive rather than melancholy.
“Are we going to spend life wallowing, or are we going to be stoked and laugh? We have no idea [when we will die], so it is just about living life to the fullest,” she added. “Laughing feels so good. I tell you, all my older friends laugh a lot and have no wrinkles. That is the secret to good skin, I swear. Everyone has this big thing about chemicals and facials, but it is just laughter.”
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