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Woodley: Don’t label me!

Shailene Woodley has revealed why she doesn’t like to say if she’s a feminist or not.

The Insurgent actress opened up about her feelings towards feminism in the latest issue of Nylon magazine. The 23-year-old admitted that she prefers not to say where she stands either way on the issue because it would feel like her card had been marked forever if she did.

“The reason why I don’t like to say that I am a feminist or I am not a feminist is because to me it’s still a label. I do not want to be defined by one thing,” she explained to the publication. “Why do we have to have that label to divide us? We should all be able to embrace one another regardless of our belief system and regardless of the labels that we have put upon ourselves.”

Being earmarked because of a certain trait is a theme in her latest movie Insurgent, the second in the Divergent series. In the first film viewers saw a dystopian Chicago separated into five factions and Shailene’s character Tris realising that she doesn’t fit into any of them, something known as Divergent.

“When fear comes knocking on her door, she doesn’t run away—she stands up to it… And I thought that was a really beautiful message to be sending out to young women,” she continued. “Tris was not born a superhero, but what I love about her is that you can watch her progression into a strong young woman.”

The star loves returning to the role, but as well as getting to see how her character progresses, Shailene also sees how much she has grown from one instalment to the next.

“Whenever I go back to playing Tris, I feel like, yes, I’m going back to Tris, but I am also going back to Shai and who Shai was in 2012, and who she was in 2014,” she said. “If I hadn’t changed, it would be easier…but the last two years have been very powerful for me. I’m starting to empower myself.”

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