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Shailene Woodley’s Dream Food Career

Shailene Woodley’s Dream Food Career

'The Descendants' star would be just as happy surrounded by produce as by cameras

Who wouldn't mind a career like this?

Who would guess that Shailene Woodley, the Oscar-nominated star of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, is just as food-obsessed as the rest of us. According to US magazine, Woodley would be just as happy on a beach selling fruit and tending to an herb garden as pursuing she is a career in acting. "If I didn’t have acting, I would probably be an herbalist, or maybe open a fruit stand on a Hawaiian island," Woodley said in an interview with Marie Claire. A career surrounded by fruit, sun, and surf? Who could blame her?

The actress also told Marie Claire about her hopes to stay true to herself and trying to balance her "natural connection to the Earth with the somewhat materialistic side of the industry." Well, she seems to have found a steady balance so far, and we are eager to see where this star’s career goes.

A Closer Look at Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley's Whirlwind Engagement

The Jeopardy! guest host and Fault in Our Stars actress confirmed the big news this winter.

Surprising pretty much everyone on the planet, Green Bay Packers quarterback and Jeopardy! guest host Aaron Rodgers announced this past February that he was engaged during the 10th annual CBS "NFL Honors" show.

"Twenty-twenty was definitely a crazy year, filled with lots of change, growth, some amazing memorable moments, 180 straight days of having my nose hairs scraped, playing for very little fans," Aaron said during his speech. "I got engaged and I played some of the best football of my career."

Eventually, reporters and fans connected the dots that his fiancée was none other than Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Shailene Woodley. Weeks later, Shailene confirmed the news herself while promoting her movie The Mauritanian on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

"Yes, we are engaged. But for us, it's not new news, you know? So it's kind of funny everybody right now is freaking out over it. And we're like, 'Yeah, we've been engaged for a while.'" she told Jimmy, later joking that she never imagined marrying someone who "threw balls for a living."

Given that the couple had kept their relationship on the down low, many didn't even realize they were dating in the first place. After all, it wasn't until April of 2020 that Shailene confirmed to Bustle that she had broken up with rugby star Ben Volavola. What's more, the world didn't learn that Aaron and his ex-girlfriend of two years, former race car driver Danica Patrick, had split until July of 2020.

Sarah Michelle Gellar's Favorite Holiday Recipes Will Make You Drool

We already know Sarah Michelle Gellar is quite the chef!

Not only is the 39-year-old constantly sharing recipes and foodie pics on her social media accounts, but she even has her own line of baking kits and recipes called Foodstirs.

In fact, with Thanksgiving right around the corner and the holiday season following quickly after that, Gellar is getting us in the festive spirit but giving us her two favorite holiday recipes: a pumpkin streusel coffee cake perfect for Thanksgiving and a candy cane cake the kids will love in December! Check out how to make them below:

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 1 hour
Yields: 12 large slices


2 packages Foodstirs Organic Vanilla Cupcake mix

1 cup butter (16 tablespoons), softened

1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups pecans, finely chopped

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 9 x 13 Le Creuset baking dish, set aside. In a medium sized bowl, prepare the streusel topping by combining the brown sugar, flour, pecans, spices and salt. Cut in the cold butter using a fork or a pastry blender. Blend together until the butter is evenly distributed and the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

For the cake, combine the Foodstirs cupcake mixes, brown sugar and spices in the bowl of a standing mixer. Using the paddle attachment on low speed, add pieces of the butter using your fingers until the entire amount has been added. Increase the speed of the mixer and blend until the butter is evenly distributed in the dry mix.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, honey, buttermilk and egg. With the mixer on low, add half of the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Increase the speed to medium/high and blend for one minute, or until the batter is light and fluffy. Add the remaining liquid and mix until combined. Pour batter into prepared baking dish, spread to make an even surface.

Sprinkle half of the streusel topping evenly on top and slightly swirl to incorporate it into the batter. Add the remainder of the topping evenly, then gently press it down into the batter.

Bake the cake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If the cake is getting too dark too quickly, cover with foil for the last 15 of baking time. Allow the cake to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Yields: 16 servings


2 packages Foodstirs Simply Sweet Vanilla Cake Mix

2 packages Foodstirs Organic Vanilla Frosting Mix

1 cup + 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Wash your hands. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray two 8" round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Whisk eggs in a large bowl, then add 10 tablespoons of melted butter and stir until mixture thickens. Next, add the peppermint extract and continue whisking.

Add 1/3 of the vanilla cake mix to the egg/butter mixture and whisk gently until blended. Gently whisk ½ of the yogurt into the batter, followed by another 1/3 of the dry mix. Add the remaining yogurt and dry mix, and whisk until smooth.

Evenly distribute batter into the cake pans and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the top of the cakes are golden. Allow cakes to cool before removing from pans.

While the cakes are in the oven, use a rolling pin (or some other heavy tool) to crush the candy canes into small pieces.

Use an electric hand mixer to cream the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter and 4 tablespoons of yogurt in a large bowl. Slowly add the vanilla frosting mix and continue whisking at medium speed until frosting is smooth and all lumps are gone.

To assemble the cake, place the first layer on a cake stand and spread a thin layer of frosting over the entire surface. Top with the second layer of cake. Spread frosting all over the top and sides of the cake. Apply crushed candy canes to the sides of the cake until you can no longer see the frosting. Garnish the top with a few more sprinkles of crushed candy.

Which recipe do you think you'll try? Sound off in the comments below!

Ask Her: Shailene Woodley

Oy … I have been here. And to be quite honest, it has happened more than once in my life. Listen, I hope for all our sakes that we have had the kind of sex that leaves us fucking hungry and full all at once. Where the beginning has no end, and the end has no beginning. Where every. single. primal. instinct. had its way … how it wanted it, where it wanted it, when it wanted it. Because that shit is the real magic. It’s an alchemy our minds cannot create. And it is … everything.

Until you wake up, and realize that that person doesn’t make you feel safe, or seen, or heard. Until you realize that there is only so much water one can give, when there is nothing to replenish the well. So you leave and you wander until you find yourself in love. They fit the bill, top to bottom—on almost everything, except for sex.

No matter how hard you try, or they try, no matter what physical, mental, or emotional gymnastics you attempt, nothing replicates the chemical explosion you know is possible. And you can’t help but feel underwhelmed and exhausted. Not to mention, insecurities are now flying through the roof. Sex becomes a clinical trial in a petri dish: if we try this, maybe it’ll work? if we listen to this podcast, if we read this book, if we try this game … maybe, just maybe, something will click?

All I can say is, from my perspective as a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to say it, honesty and transparency are everything. If you don’t feel safe in communication with your partner, then chances are, you may never be able to cultivate a truly connective sex life. And, if you do feel safe, then talk about your needs. Whether they are being met or not. Ask your partner about theirs.

“Bad sex”, in my opinion, is simply two people who haven’t quite found the language that speaks to their unique lives together yet. Or, two people who dont know how to be deeply vulnerable with one another. That shit can take time. And although you occasionally and very rarely do meet someone whom you spontaneously sexually combust with—most of the time, sex is a lesson in true intimacy.

In the united states, we are conditioned to be uber sexual, and sensuality has lost its cause. If your relationship is THRIVING, and you are in-sync with a lover in most ways apart from your sexual connection … try exploring and experimenting with sensuality. Try sleeping with their mind, their heart, their senses … before you sleep with their bodies. Try the ‘slow is fast train’, and see where it takes you.

Wanting to call a good thing off simply because your sexual connection isn’t a 10 yet is perhaps the greatest path to growth… perhaps it is an invitation to reach into the underbelly of what you are both afraid to dive into. To explore the roots of emotions, feelings, attachments—and to play in the world of sensually exploring your partner.

Don’t be afraid to say what you really want. The most turned on I have ever been has been when lovers told me exactly what they wanted me to do, or what their needs were. So don’t be shy. Chances are, that dirty little mind of yours in there is just as naughty as the mind of your partners … but maybe neither of you have ever felt like you’ve known how to share those intimacies with one another. The more surrendered we can be to the discoveries we make with a lover, the better and more delicious our physical connection becomes.

You never know what demons and ghosts are lurking in the shadows of our pasts, and sex can be a brilliant way to unearth them and heal them—both in ourselves, and in our lovers.

If you are looking to enhance your relationship and feel the desire to connect deeper with your babe, then use your sexual discord as a portal to expanding your love, versus running away from it.

Shailene Woodley Finally Knows What She Wants Again

After experiencing blockbuster success and personal struggles, including a health scare, the “Endings, Beginnings” actress has found clarity.

Shailene Woodley isn’t used to being at home. Since she began acting at 5 years old, she’s spent much of her life on set in TV shows (“The O.C.” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), movies (the “Divergent” franchise and “The Descendants”) and more recently, two seasons of the HBO hit “Big Little Lies,” in which she played the troubled single mother Jane.

But now that the coronavirus has upended everything, the 28-year-old Woodley has sheltered at home for the last few weeks, social distancing with no company besides her dog. It’s the longest she’s lived in her own home since she was 17.

And to be honest? She’s kind of loving it.

“I’m an introvert’s introvert,” Woodley told me this week by phone, “so this feels like heaven in a lot of ways because I don’t have to talk to people, I don’t have to deal with people, I don’t even have to look at people. I can play the game of being an extrovert when I need to — it’s a big part of my job — but my happy place is honestly being alone.”

Normally, Woodley would be gearing up for a press tour to promote her new film, “Endings, Beginnings,” but with theaters closed down, the movie will now debut April 17 on digital and on demand May 1. In the romantic drama, directed by Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy”), Woodley plays Daphne, a young woman torn between dating two best friends: Jack (Jamie Dornan), a nice guy offering stability and comfort, and Frank (Sebastian Stan), who’s wilder, harder to pin down and better in bed.

Much of the film is improvised, which posed a unique challenge for Woodley and her co-stars. “You understand the elements that create that particular person, and you create borders for that,” she said, “but the thing about a Drake Doremus movie is that you don’t really establish a character: You kind of go in as yourself.”

She also spoke about her new outlook on her career and health problems in her early 20s. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.

When you don’t know what lines are about to come out of your mouth, how does that change your relationship to who you’re playing?

For me, when I’m building a character, I’m only experiencing different shades and colors of who I personally am. Daphne is one color of me that I got to explore, but I was speaking as Shailene, from a place within my own heart. I think she’s a little bit of my alter ego.

When I was 18, I moved into a cabin in the middle of the woods with no cellphone, no Wi-Fi. I’m a loner, and in Daphne, I got to explore some of the more extroverted side of myself who could go out and be free and live with abandon. It was fun to put myself in the position to think, “If I wasn’t worried about the consequences of taking all these drugs and staying at a bar in Silver Lake until 2 a.m., what would that be like?” Because it’s just not something I would allow myself to do.

How do you approach a love scene differently when there’s a level of improvisation to it?

Luckily, our intimate scenes came toward the end of the shoot, so there was a great level of trust with the actors. In one scene, Sebastian picked me up and took me across the room as the camera followed us, and it was a completely different sex scene than what ended up in the movie. But we had to explore all different parts of these two people’s physical nature to really get down to the essence of what worked for this film thematically.

Was there an intimacy coordinator?

For me, intimacy coaches make me uncomfortable because it feels like another set of eyes that I don’t need. But I have no problem stopping production when I’m uncomfortable, and I don’t think that’s the case for a lot of people, so I think it’s wonderful that there’s a lifeline that people can lean on to know they’ll be protected. That being said, the best thing a director could do is ask an actor right off the bat: “What are you comfortable with? What are your boundaries?”

There’s always a tension to cinematic love triangles where you wonder who the lead character will end up with, but while I was watching “Endings, Beginnings,” I did think to myself, “What would be so wrong with Daphne just continuing to see both men, if that’s something that they can make work?”

Listen, I’m someone who has experienced both an open relationship and a deeply monogamous relationship in my life, and I think we’re in a day and age where there should be no rules except for the ones designed by two people in a partnership — or three people, whatever floats your boat! But there has to be a level of responsibility in any relationship dynamic, and that responsibility is simply honesty and communication and trust. Apart from that, it’s really none of our business what people choose to do with their lives.

And this situation is not necessarily about Daphne trying to figure out which guy she likes more. It’s about them offering different versions of herself she could be, too.

Absolutely. We’re societally conditioned to assume that one person can be our end-all, be-all. This is a concept I’ve been thinking about often right now, because I’m very much single [after being in a relationship for years with the rugby player Ben Volavola], and I’ve chosen to be single for a while. The idea of being with someone … is it only because you’ve fallen in love with that person, or because there’s a newness to understanding yourself because of what that person can offer you?

Daphne spends much of the movie trying to unpack her past. You’re 28 now, nearing the end of your 20s. When you think back to what you were like 10 years ago, how different were you?

In my late teens, I had a strong idea of my identity and the meaning of my life, but then I went through an abusive relationship. That combined with, honestly, the commercial success I had in this industry began to wear on my strength. My 20s felt a little bit like being in a washing machine, where you’re being thrown all over the place.

As a teenager and as a child, I always thought acting was a hobby, and I never wanted the idea of making it into a career to take away my passion for it. But in my 20s, there was a huge chunk of time where fear and anxiety and competition were definitely at the forefront of my mind and my ego in a way they weren’t when I was younger.

The real reason Shailene Woodley doesn’t wear makeup

Add Shailene Woodley and Kim Kardashian to the list of celebrities who don’t like to wear makeup all the time. Seriously!

It’s hard not to love it when celebrities step out in public &mdash or onto Instagram &mdash with a makeup-free face. However, few are willing to step on the red carpet without some powder or blush.

Not Shailene Woodley: The actress &mdash who was recently cut out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 &mdash recently revealed that she doesn’t like to wear makeup.

Her reasoning is pretty rad, too.

“It’s important because I saw somebody &mdash what I thought was me &mdash in a magazine once, and I had big red lips that definitely did not belong on my face. I had boobs about three times the size they are in real life. My stomach was completely flat. My skin was also flawless,” Woodley told pal Emma Stone in the new issue of Interview magazine. “But the reality is that I do not have those lips and my skin is not flawless and I do have a little bit of a stomach. It was not a proper representation of who I am.”

The 22-year-old actress realized that her young fans see those photos and get the wrong idea of what beauty should be like. So, she’s doing her part to change it.

“I realized that, growing up and looking at magazines, I was comparing myself to images like that &mdash and most of it isn’t real. So (a) I don’t really wear makeup that much anyway, so part of it is just a selfish, lazy thing, and (b) I want to be me,” she added.

“I do think it’s fun sometimes to dress up for the Oscars or for certain events &mdash I get to be like a five-year-old again, wearing my Cinderella dress,” she continued.

Woodley isn’t the only celebrity who admits that a face full of makeup isn’t everything.

And, we’ll admit, we didn’t see this one coming. New mom Kim Kardashian recently told that she’s going fresh-faced for the sake of boyfriend Kanye West.

“He loves the dress-up aspect, but he also likes me without makeup on,” she told the website.

But Kardashian probably won’t ever give up her favorite makeup item from her new Khroma makeup line: Intimate Spotlight Illuminate.

“It’s all about light and shadow highlight your brow bones with a luminizer and very lightly enhance cheekbones with non-glittery bronzer,” she said of her best makeup tip.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star demonstrated the proper “chocolate first” technique with a video on her YouTube channel, and it’s a little freaky.

“I would never even dream to eat a Kit-Kat and just like bite into it,” Kourtney says in the video. “I guarantee if you do [this] once, you will never eat a Kit-Kat any other way.”

Kardashian also approaches peanut butter cups with the same strategy (you can find the video here!).

Watching someone tear apart chocolate candy with their teeth is a little… gross, but since it is Queen Kourt, we will “give her a break.” We do admire her signature Kardashian confidence and enthusiasm for chocolate snacks.

Shailene Woodley Reveals That She&rsquos Been in an Open Relationship

Quarantine has been a super weird time for celebs, and while some have taken to becoming unhinged on their Instagrams or doing about 30,424 Instagram Lives, Shailene Woodley is out here giving interviews to the New York Times.

Shailene spoke to the outlet about her new romantic drama Endings, Beginnings and ended up opening up about her own love life. She shared:

And seriously&mdashpreach! It&rsquos great that Shailene is open to sharing about her personal experiences and helping normalize non-conventional romantic arrangements (and like she said, as long as there&rsquos consent, people should be able to do whatever they want.)

Oh, and if you&rsquore wondering about Shailene's relationship status at the moment, she shared that she&rsquos not seeing anyone, saying, &ldquoI&rsquom very much single [after being in a relationship for years with the rugby player Ben Volavola], and I&rsquove chosen to be single for a while.&rdquo

Kiss Me, You Fool

Laura Dern and Steve Carell play a couple on a first date, sitting on a park bench. Director’s Note: ‘‘Neither of these people has dated in a long time, so it’s awkward. The question is: What’s going to happen at the end of the night.’’

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

Jenny Slate and Rosario Dawson play a couple on New Year’s Eve. Director’s Note: ‘‘There’s nothing like a midnight kiss with an exciting new love. We wanted something playful and emotional.’’

Best performances in 2014: Slate, “Obvious Child.” Dawson, “Top Five.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

Jack O’Connell plays Shailene Woodley’s personal trainer, as they work out in a local park. Director’s Note: ‘‘The relationship is purely professional, but there’s something underneath.’’

Best performances in 2014: O’Connell, “Starred Up,” “Unbroken.” Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars,” “White Bird in a Blizzard.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon play lovers in an illicit rendezvous outside a costume party. Director’s Note: ‘‘This one is about the reveal. The moment she pulls off his disguise, we know there’s a clandestine affair happening.’’

Best performances in 2014: Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game.” Witherspoon, “The Good Lie,” “Inherent Vice,” “Wild.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall play colleagues drinking and arm-wrestling in a pub, way past last call. Director’s Note: ‘‘They’ve been at it all night long, but the sly old dog has one more trick up his sleeve.’’

Best performances in 2014: Oyelowo, “A Most Violent Year,” “Selma.” Spall, “Mr. Turner.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

Jason Schwartzman and Patricia Arquette play strangers who cross paths in a park. Director’s Note: ‘‘Her hat blows off. He picks it up very chivalrously. Then it all gets a bit odd.’’

Best performances in 2014: Schwartzman, “Listen Up Philip.” Arquette, “Boyhood.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

Kristen Stewart plays a fan who bum-rushes the stage in the middle of Chadwick Boseman’s set. Director’s Note: ‘‘She’s not a groupie. She’s someone who is going to be brave and do something she really wants to do — and she does.’’

Best performances in 2014: Stewart, “Camp X-Ray,” ”Still Alice.” Boseman, “Get On Up.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

John Lithgow and Julianne Moore play a pair of strangers at a discothèque. Director’s Note: ‘‘She’s bothered by his advances, giving lots of dirty looks. But then she kind of turns it around on him.’’

Best performances in 2014: Lithgow, “Interstellar,” “Love Is Strange.” Moore, “Still Alice.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays a bride, and Miles Teller her ambiguous partner they escape the festivities for a quiet encounter. Director’s Note: ‘‘Something unforgivable went on between these two. He could be the groom, he could be her jilted lover, or he could be one of the couple’s close friends.’’

Best performances in 2014: Mbatha-Raw, “Belle,” “Beyond the Lights.” Teller, “Whiplash.”

Credit. Elaine Constantine for The New York Times

In our annual gathering of the best film performers, our longstanding tradition has been to photograph the actors one at a time and (more recently) invite each to do a brief solo turn for the video camera. But though there has always been a place in the movies for solitary screen heroes, the real action — romance, rivalry, struggle and shtick — takes place when two people are in the frame. Once the camera is rolling, why not pucker up?

Shailene Woodley Dishes on Making Toothpaste, Foraging Food & More of Her "Alternative" Lifestyle Practices

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Forget five star restaurants!

Shailene Woodley is perfectly happy to find her next meal at the—wait for it—farm.

That's right, the Divergent star recently opened up to Flaunt magazine about her remarkably un-Hollywood approach to life, and we're pretty sure her all-natural lifestyle will have a few of you feeling guilty about your last meal.

"I think everything about my lifestyle is fairly alternative," Woodley revealed. "I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food."

And don't expect the 21-year-old to rely on a fancy chef to whip up her organic goods into a healthy meal for her. On the contrary, the Golden Globe-nominated actress is very hands-on when it comes to stocking her home with all the essentials.

"I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils. I could go on for hours," she says. "I make my own medicines I don't get those from doctors. I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants."

Normally, weɽ be surprised to learn that a star with so many projects and red carpet commitments would have that much time on her hands, but the low-key Woodley has been known to hit premieres with no makeup and wet hair.

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