Shailene Woodley recently gained notoriety after sharing details about her hippie-esque lifestyle, but according to new claims, the “Divergent” actress may not be as down-to-earth as she seems.
According to a report from Star Magazine, Woodley, 22, displayed major diva behavior at the “Divergent” film premiere in Los Angeles on March 18. Allegedly, the actress, who stars as lead Tris Prior in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling young adult trilogy, refused to talk to fans during the event. “She was walking to her area by her handlers and stayed there all night,” an eyewitness told the magazine, adding, “She didn’t mingle with fans, and bouncers even stopped them from trying to take pictures. The bodyguards were acting like a blockade!"
The report goes on the claim that not only did the actress refuse to associate with fans, but she also refused to socialized with her “Divergent” co-stars. It compared her actions to those of singer and known Hollywood diva Mariah Carey. “[She] set up her very own VIP section away from her co-stars in the official VIP area and refused to talk to anyone,” the report said.
While the rumored diva behavior coincides with the release of Woodley’s biggest blockbuster to date, the magazine claims that Woodley’s attitude isn't a new issue, and that her behavior stems from her anger over her parents' divorce when she was 15. “That’s about the time she took on a more negative, entitled attitude. The divorce was tough for Shailene,” an insider told the gossip magazine.
Despite claims of Woodley’s unfriendly antics, an insider close to the actress revealed to Gossip Cop on Wednesday that all reports of Woodley’s questionable actions are unfounded. “Woodley spoke to tons of people at the ‘Divergent’ film premiere party and took photos with anyone who asked,” a source said, adding that the actress’ seat at the premiere was “exactly where the studio put her.”
Woodley first starred in the hit series “The O.C.” at the age of 11 in 2003 before going on to star in several seasons of ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” In 2012, Woodley was nominated for a Golden Globe for her supporting role next to George Clooney in the film “The Descendants.” While the actress didn’t walk away with a win, she did earn critical acclaim for her work in the dramedy “The Spectacular Now” last fall before scoring her contract with Summit Entertainment for the “Divergent” franchise.
“Divergent” opened in U.S. theaters March 21. Woodley will next appear in the title role of Hazel Grace in the highly anticipated romance feature, “The Fault in Our Stars.” The film, based on the 2012 John Green YA novel, will debut in theaters on June 6.