Shailene Woodley Reveals Interest in Running for Congress

And, her new perspective on feminism.

Photo by Juergen Teller.

Shailene Woodley, currently nominated for an Emmy for her work as Jane on HBO’s series Big Little Lies, has changed her tune on feminism, and is even considering a run for congress. After insisting in 2015 that she wouldn’t use the F-word to describe herself because she doesn’t like “labels,” she told the New York Times this week:

“I would today consider myself a feminist. If females start working through the false narrative of jealousy and insecurity fed through a patriarchal society, then not only will we have more women feeling confident in themselves and supportive of one another, but we will start introducing a type of matriarchy, which is what this world needs. We need more softness and more silence and more pause through the chaos.”

Celebrities who formerly disavowed the word “feminist” and have reconsidered seems to be something of a trend right now. After all, former “humanist” Madonna is now a proud “feminist” as well.

In the same interview, Woodley, who campaigned for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries, said she’s “not going to rule…out” a run for congress in a few years. She’s a noted environmental activist who traveled to the Standing Rock reservation last year to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, even getting arrested for her protesting.

“Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young,” she added.

But for now, she has acting to do, playing “a young woman [who] sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves” in next year’s Adrift and voicing a character in 2019’s Arkie. After that…Woodley 2020?

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