Shailene Woodley has won the lead role of Hazel Grace Lancaster in the upcoming film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars and she’s decided to cut off her hair and donate it in preparation for the film. If you haven’t read the book and don’t know the story, Hazel is a cancer patient – and miraculously, the book isn’t as depressing as it might seem because of it.
Her hair will go to Children with Hair Loss, a charity that provides wigs for kids who have conditions that have caused them to lose their hair. No one asked Shailene to do this – it wasn’t a requirement for the role or anything – but it’s inspired plenty of other fans to join in the cause and also donate their own hair to those less fortunate. Pretty awesome.
Here’s a bit of what Shailene wrote about her decision on her tumblr page (click through to read the whole thing, as it’s long and worth a browse):
as some of you may know, i will be cutting my hair off this coming weekend in order to help morph my physical body into that of the incredible Hazel Grace Lancaster—-and i couldn’t be more amped. not only do i have the opportunity to externally shift my current establishment of self, but i have the blessed gift of donating my long locks to a wonderful organization who will then create a wig for someone in need. WHAT AN HONOR.
john green (author of T.F.I.O.S.), wyck godfrey (producer of the ?lm), and i all decided that this could be a beautiful opportunity to rally the troops of mankind and ask for some warriors to help contribute to the cause. any of you have 8 inches of hair to spare? or maybe know a friend or family member that does? if so, consider JOINING THE #hairforhazel TEAM! i’ve already got my mom committed, and possibly a few friends as well. i know the thought of chopping off part of your image is frightening, which is why i want to share with you my personal relationship with my hair (woah, that was a lot of “with’s” and “my’s”)
And here’s a little of what John Green himself added to the convo:
When Shailene told me about this, I immediately thought there might be people in nerdfighteria who want to join her. (We already have one convert joining in: Shailene’s mom!) So if you have eight or more inches of spare hair, consider donating it to Children with Hair Loss.
And if you do, let me know via the tags hairforhazel or itgrowsback, so I can put together some pictures/reblog your beautiful faces.
I want to be clear that this was entirely Shai’s idea. (I don’t even think the studio knows about it.) I hope if you’re able, you’ll consider joining Shai in donating. Thanks!
I’ve had my hair cut short before but I could never donate as it’s chemically treated, and I believe that’s a stipulation for most places. Either way, this is a really cool thing to do and really took her up a few notches in my book (because, you know, that’s totally what she’s doing it for).
August 16, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Shailene Woodley – apparently beloved by all at Evil Beet – is in a new movie called The Spectacular Now in which she appears in a sex scene that’s apparently her favourite thing ever because of its ~authenticity~. Filmed with co-star Miles Teller, the scene is awesome because it’s “so real”, Shailene told the ladies of The View last week:
“It’s my favorite scene in the whole movie because it is so real. The audience does feel uncomfortable watching it, because it almost feels like you’re invading somebody’s privacy.
“There’s not fancy music playing and there’s not any exaggeration of what it’s like to be intimate with somebody for possibly the first time. It’s also just a minute-long shot of us making love.”
Welp, let it be known that there’s nothing I hate more than the world “lovemaking”. It sends shivers down my spine, and not in a good way. We’ve all done it, sure, and it may well be tender and romantic and all that (or the total opposite, depending on what you’re into), but the expression itself… no. Maybe that’s the immature part of me, but it rubs me the wrong way (no pun intended), on the level of “moist” and “panties”.
Can we go back to talking about Divergent?
July 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
I loved Divergent and the follow-up, Insurgent – it’s a great YA dystopian book series by Veronica Roth in the vein of The Hunger Games (and only successful because of it). So of course they’re making a movie of it, because when the consumer seems to like something, we have to be sold 5,000 versions of it no matter how poor they are, how overloaded we are or anything. People will pay for it, and money rules everything, blah blah.
In any case, I’m not against a Divergent movie – but I am absolutely against Shailene Woodley, the chick who was cut from Spider-Man and whose claim to fame is that ABC Family show about teen pregnancy, playing the lead character, Tris. Tris is written as a strong, bad-ass female who is fearless and whose strength and courage allow her to not only go against her family’s grain but to fight a much larger enemy. I know Jennifer Lawrence can’t star in two franchises, but I could see her as Tris, for sure. I cannot see Shailene Woodley as Tris, and yet… she is. Ugh.
The point of this story is obviously that Shailene counted on Jennifer for some advice when approaching her role, which Jennifer graciously gave. She told reporters at Comic-Con (via DS):
“Jennifer Lawrence actually helped me with Divergent. I asked her how her life has changed, going from small independent movies to something as big as Hunger Games, and she gave me really beautiful advice which I really appreciated.”
I gotta say, I particularly worry about Shailene in this role because she doesn’t seem to “get it”. She told reporters a while back that Tris is nothing like Katniss because Tris isn’t a “bad ass”. Uh, yes she is. She has to leave her entire family and go against her family’s traditional faction in order to be true to herself and then learn to fight, go against enemies… why am I talking about this? This movie will probably be shit, and that’s a shame.