In one of the most real, raw and candid interviews yet, Shailene Woodley opens up about her family and the way her parents decided to her raise her. It's shocking and eye-opening yet the actress reveals that without their parenting, she would never be the person she is today.
Shailene chatted with the digital magazine, The EDIT, and said, "My family is super-f--ked up in many ways, but they are also my everything. They would do anything for me, and I would do anything for them. That's a lot more than most people can say about their families. I'm grateful for the s--t that happened."
She confessed that when her and her brother would fight, her parents would make them hug each other for hours on the front lawn for everyone in the neighborhood to see.
She said, "The whole time you're just seething, you're disliking this person with so much energy, but if you let go you have to stay there for an extra hour. That was the manipulative psychology my parents were into!" OMG.
Not only that, but her parents practiced tough love on her even when she would have trouble in school. She admitted, "There were times in school, when someone said something really mean, it would hurt my feelings and my parents weren't on my side. They would be like, 'I'm so sorry you're feeling this way, but what do you think that person was feeling?' Oh, I hated it."
Shailene went on to say, "Now, of course, I understand it; it's enabled me to recognize that no one's evil, they're probably hurting and can't express themselves, get no love at home, so it's repeated. It gave me a broader outlook: just put yourself in another person's shoes."
Wow! Fans had no idea that this was all in her past. Even though this may seem harsh, it sounds like she is eternally grateful. At the time, it may have seemed like the worst thing in the world but now she knows it was all to make her the best version of herself that she could possibly be.
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