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Shailene Woodley: I'd be happy in Hawaii

Shailene Woodley has discussed the alternative career paths she would have picked had she not ended up in acting.

The 21-year-old has appeared in TV shows such as My Name Is Earl and The Secret Life of the American Teenager and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in The Descendants alongside George Clooney.

While she's made a name for herself in the industry, Shailene can imagine a different kind of life.

"If I didn't have acting, I would be just as happy," she told the latest US edition of Marie Claire.

"I would probably be an herbalist, or maybe I would open a fruit stand on a Hawaiian island."

Shailene has been acting since she was eight and is already confirmed for the lead role in upcoming drama The Fault in Our Stars.

However, she hasn't ever let fame get to her head.

"I don't use [the word 'celebrity'] to describe myself. In high school, a lot of my friends didn't know I was an actor because I didn't talk about it," she assured the magazine.

"They would come to school and be like, 'Wait, were you on My Name Is Earl last night?' It was something I kept under wraps because I did it for myself and not for anybody else."

In a released picture from her shoot with the publication, the star looks gorgeous in a colourful flowing dress.

Despite mixing with the rich and famous, Shailene tries her best to stay grounded.

"I struggle in real life trying to balance my natural connection to the earth and the somewhat materialistic side of the industry I'm in," she admitted.

"Anything over a certain amount of money freaks me out."

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