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!

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