Shailene Woodley was first seen in the 1999 television film ‘Replacing Dad’ where she played the role of a little girl. Shailene continued to star in television series such as ‘The District’ (2001-2003), ‘Crossing Jordan’ (2001-2004), and ‘Without a Trace’ (2003). In 2003, Shailene starred as ‘Kaitlin Cooper’ in the teen drama television series ‘The O.C.’ She remained a part of the show till 2004. In the year, Woodley made an appearance in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and ‘Jack & Bobby.’ That same year, she also starred in the television film ‘A Place Called Home’ where she played the role of ‘California "Cali" Ford.’
Shailene made her big-screen debut in 2005 with the family drama film ‘Felicity: An American Girl Adventure.’ The film received mixed reviews from critics. The following year, she starred as ‘Young Gwen’ in the Episode: "BB" of the television sitcom series ‘My Name Is Earl.’ The year 2011 saw the release of Alexander Payne-directed comedy-drama film ‘The Descendants’ where Shailene played the role of ‘Alexandra "Alex" King.’ The film was both a critical and commercial success.
In the year 2014, Shailene starred as ‘Beatrice "Tris" Prior’ in the science fiction action film ‘Divergent.’ While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it still managed to earn big numbers at the box office. That same year, she also appeared in Josh Boone-directed coming-of-age romance film ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ She played the role of ‘Hazel Grace Lancaster’ and earned a lot of praise for her performance.
In 2015, she reprised her role as Beatrice "Tris" Prior in the ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent.’ The following year, she again returned to play the role of Beatrice in ‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant.’ Shailene continued to star in films like ‘Snowden’ (2016), ‘Adrift’ (2018), and ‘Endings, Beginnings’ (2019).
In 2021, Shailene Woodley starred in ‘The Mauritanian,’ ‘The Fallout,’ and ‘The Last Letter from Your Lover’ where she was also the executive producer. She will be next seen in the upcoming thriller film ‘Misanthrope’ directed by Damián Szifron.