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Woodley, Sidibe live up 80s vibe

Shailene Woodley has revealed that she had a blast with the 80s vibe on her new film White Bird In A Blizzard.

The Golden Globe-nominated actress stars in Gregg Araki's big-screen adaptation of Laura Kasischke's novel, alongside Gabourey Sidibe and Eva Green.

"This wasn't a lot of weight on my shoulders, it was just fun. We got to dress up in 80s-90s grunge, punk, goth attire and listen to really fun music," she said at the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Gabourey added: "Every day was hilarious. One day we shot in a record store. When was the last time you picked up a record? It was hilarious seeing Shailene walk around with a Walkman - I've not touched a Walkman since I was 11."

Shailene said she chose not to read the novel before filming, so she could focus on Gregg's vision. Like the book, the film focuses on a young woman whose life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.

"I had not read the book because I was really keen on creating Araki's film... I really love that it's truthful, authentic and genuine. It's dark, really twisted and that's pretty daring. You don't really see really dark and twisted coming-of-age films," she said.

The 22-year-old actress, who next stars in sci-fi blockbuster Divergent, revealed she loves indie films in their own right.

"Divergent is its own world - that's so exciting and so beautiful in itself - but indie films are where my heart is at most of the time," she said.

"You have to fight so hard to get them made, and every person there is working really long hours, not getting paid a lot of money. There's no vanity involved, so you're really there for the art of filmmaking."

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