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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B on

Didn’t they already announce that they are cutting all of Mary Jane’s scenes? And that she won’t be in the 3rd movie? Or did they reconsider?

B on

*She being Shailene Woodley, not the character of Mary Jane.

@B on

They cut her scenes from the 2nd movie. That’s the one they’re currently working on. As far as I’ve heard, they’re waiting to introduce her character until the 3rd movie as to give something that happens in the 2nd movie the focus, and not to take away from it.

a on


Not watching the next spidermans for sure then.

bkable on

I really hate when super skinny celebrities talk about how they “have a bit of a stomach”
ummmm I don’t see it and you’re naked. I don’t hate the fact that she’s super skinny, I hate the fact she’s trying to be more relatable by saying she’s not.

Lauren Kaminski on

She isn’t super skinny! Shailene looks heathly.

The truth on

She looks horrible!

Tammy on

“What do you think of Woodley’s photos and her commitment to makeup-free red carpets?”…Here is my answer to that question…WHY is she wearing a lot of makeup in these photos?? And why does her hair look like it hasn’t been washed in days?? If his young lady is so committed to being real…why doesn’t she look ‘real’ in these photos?

E on

Of course they’re cutting Gwen Stacy from the movie. She dies. Read the comic it’s no secret.

Jenni on

She looks like the girl from The Ring in these photos!

A on

Not a fan of the pictures, but I appreciate her commitment to being true to herself and being honest about who she is.

Morgan on

Her face looks unhealthy.

Mike on

Heroin… Does a body good

Cady Bryant on

Well, I liked her with clothes on. :/

Ruby on

I understand trying to promote body love, but posing in the nude doesn’t really seem to be the most fitting when they airbrush and photoshop the heck out of you.

I hope they choose someone else to play Mary Jane in Spider Man 3. She just looks to young compared to Emma Stone. Almost childlike. I do not mean any of this as a hateful or rude comment, just my two cents, which these forums are for. :)

Josh on

Yikes, that’s a horrible photoshoot. Not because she isnt a beautiful girl(she is) but because those pictures make her look like she’s some skinny, drug addict(when she’s a very healthy looking girl normally)

Eric Olalekan on

Cool she looks nice

Guest on

I thought the exact same thing!

MJ on

I really think she is a lovely young woman, however I am not a fan of the pictures. She is so talented, I don’t get the pressure Hollywood puts on young actresses. And I thought I read her part was cut from Spiderman, which I didn’t understand because seems perfect for the role.

Julia Emry on

really? i dont get why going topless if good for anyone, doesnt make sense to me.

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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