Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Love in ‘Elle’ Magazine
Shailene Woodley is a lover of all things: the earth, herself, her family and love itself.
The Insurgent actress covers the April 2015 issue of Elle magazine, looking absolutely amazing in a Balmain bodysuit for the cover and a Mugler skirt and crop top ensemble inside. She opens up in her interview for the magazine about love and relationships and how her family helped her to become the caring, down-to-earth woman she is today.
“I am all loving,” she shares. “I fall in love with people based on who they are.”
In fact, Woodley — who is known for hugging anyone and everyone she meets — says she interacts with people with open arms. “I never want to love like this,” the brunette beauty says, holding her arms outstretched. “I always want to love like this.” She thrusts her arms behind her back and presses her chest forward. “Heart centered, like, ‘This is who I am! And I love you if you love me for who this person is. And if not, I’ll still love you, but I ain’t fallin’ in love with you!'”
Though she wouldn’t admit whether or not she’s currently in love, she does explain, “When you’re truly in love, for me, it’s…you’re my lighthouse! You’re somebody who holds me high, keeps me safe, you’ve got my f–kin’ back…You also love me whole, wild, and free. You let me do me, and I’m gonna let you do you! And I’ll be the home that you return to.”
Woodley credits her upbringing for being so open about love and having a positive attitude toward other people. “I was born into a family of warriors, really strong people,” she explains. “It doesn’t mean that it was an easy childhood and we didn’t have our s–t, because every family does behind closed doors,” she says. “But even though my parents are divorced, they get along. I have a family who every day strives to do the right thing.”
But the actress’ parents aren’t her only mentors. She also looks up to her grandmother for advice on life.
“One day I was having one of my teenage crises, when you think everything’s falling apart—your estrogen and progesterone are freaking out. And she said, ‘Shai, the most important thing in life is self-love. You’ve gotta take care of yourself. You’ve got to take care of yourself, and you gotta live from your deep heart.’ For some reason, her saying the words deep heart just always stuck with me. And I was like, ‘Well, what is a deep heart? What does it actually mean?'” Woodley recalls, continuing, “What I’ve come to determine in my life is that my deep heart is my — it’s my compassion, empathy and intuition. Because your intuition never wants to be mean to somebody. You intuitively know that another human being on this planet is hurting just as badly as you may be. The way that they express themselves could be rude or seen as douchey or whatnot. But maybe they’re scared, or had no one there to support them.”
Catch her full article in Elle on stands March 24.