Golden Globes: Shailene Woodley's smooth transition from TV to film
Shailene Woodley, the 20-year-old best known as the star of the ABC Family show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” only has been to one big awards show before: the Teen Choice Awards. But when she heads to the Golden Globes come January, she won’t take home a surfboard if she wins the prize for supporting actress for her work opposite George Clooney in "The Descendants."
“It’ll definitely be a new experience,” Woodley said with a chuckle Wednesday morning. “Oh my gosh — I’m so excited and grateful and in that quasi-sleep mode.”
In “The Descendants,” Woodley plays the daughter of Clooney’s character — she's an angsty, rebellious teenager struggling to come to grips with her parents’ crumbling relationship. Although the movie marks her first serious turn on the big screen, Woodley said she’s found the transition from television to film to be surprisingly smooth.
“I don’t think a lot of filmmakers pay attention to whether or not you come from TV,” she said. “I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, this is my first film, I’ve only done TV before so I better change something.’ It was a seamless process.”
Working the awards circuit, however, has been a learning curve for the young actress. “There were definitely people telling me, ‘This is what this awards show is about, or this is what this event is about,’” she said. “Obviously, I had heard of the Golden Globes and the Oscars, but some of the others were new to me.”
— Amy Kaufman
Photo: Shailene Woodley stars in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight