Shailene Woodley Bares Her Soul (and More) About Beauty in Hollywood

07/16/2013 at 01:02 PM ET

Shailene Woodley topless Patrick Demarchelier for Interview

With the Secret Life of the American Teenager coming to a close, it looks like star Shailene Woodley is ready to unveil a few secrets of her own.

The 21-year-old star gets real (and oh yeah, poses topless) in a candid conversation with Emma Stone (as Mary Jane, Woodley will succeed Stone’s Gwen Stacy as a Spider-Man love interest) in Interview‘s August issue.

And she’s dared to bare before: Woodley often walks red carpets without makeup, something virtually unheard of in Hollywood. She was inspired to do this after seeing a photo of herself in a magazine in which “I had big red lips … boobs about three times the size they are in real life,” she says. “My stomach was completely flat. My skin was also flawless.”

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“But the reality is that I do not have those lips and my skin is not flawless and I do have a little bit of a stomach,” she adds. “It was not a proper representation of who I am … I just want to be me.”

Part of that confidence comes from feeling insecure as a young teen. “I was afraid I was too skinny,” she tells Stone when asked what she’d tell herself at age 15. “I also didn’t have a lot of self-confidence. I projected a lot of confidence … But on the inside, I was very mean to myself … So I would definitely say to myself at that age, ‘You’re worthy. You’re beautiful.'”

For more from the star on facing those insecurities and the hilarious way she starts the day (plus plenty more dramatic photos) check out her insightful chat with Stone at and tell us: What do you think of Woodley’s photos and her commitment to makeup-free red carpets?

–Alex Apatoff

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holly on

Commenters, quit being idiots. 1. Even if she is skinny, she could still look like she had a big lunch (and she shouldn’t have to apologize to the overweight people). And 2. Take a random photo of yourself then convert it to black and; it might leave the impression that you were wearing makeup

Mar on

She was cut from the movie months ago. And Secret Life has already ended. That also ended about a month or so ago. Simple Goggle searches would’ve told the writer that. Way to go on researching and fact checking, People!

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