Shailene Woodley’s name has been popping up all over Hollywood lately. Maybe it has something to do with starring alongside George Clooney in “The Descendants,” or maybe it’s because she has a deep respect for the environment.
The 20-year-old actress, best known for her role on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” recently spoke with Coco Eco, a magazine that reports on sustainable culture and lifestyles, about her passion for the planet.
“I’ve always had a thing for trees; I think they are just so profound, so when I was 15 and in high school, I was watching the trees and the leaves blowing in the wind. The juxtaposition of the wind blowing, and the leaves and the trash from the school lunch in the air, made me so mad,” she revealed.
Woodley went on to explain that protecting the environment requires more than just recycling.
“Ever since then I have just had this really intense passion for educating myself and other people, on the environment and what we’re doing to the planet…It’s more than just recycling or picking up a piece of trash, or turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth. It’s about treating everything with compassion and love, including humanity.”
The actress is also committed to helping the less fortunate when it comes to consuming organic, healthy meals.
“Our population is so large, and there hasn’t been a company or an organization that has stepped up and provided organic food to people on a lower income level. So one of my goals in life is to start a giant organic, biodynamic farm and have it fun like a community, but sell the produce for less than conventional prices. I think the education is an important element for me too.”
In another interview with Vanity Fair, Woodley also delved in her future plans.
“I definitely want to go to college, but right now I feel like I’m taking my life lessons backpacking and gardening and learning how to make tables. I’m really interested in woodworking. I want to maybe start a furniture business one day.”
For someone so young and who was just nominated for a Golden Globe, Woodley doesn’t seem to be caught up in the glam of celebrity life, but has set large goals for herself and the environment.