Shailene Woodley hit peak Shailene while gracing the cover of, of course, Natural Health magazine.
The actress — who tends to double as a One Woman 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution — couldn’t resist opening up to the magazine’s sympathetic audience about some of her quirkier habits that she’s quickly becoming known for in interviews (i.e: clay eating).
“There’s one defining moment that I’ll never forget: It was an incredibly windy day and I was walking through the quad of my public high school, which is surrounded by pine trees,” Woodley shared about where her interest in environmentalism began. “There were hundreds of pine needles swirling around in the air, and I looked down and scattered across this huge grassy expanse was all of the trash left over from lunch— plastic bags, soda cans, that kind of thing. And something just clicked when I saw the juxtaposition of the ignorance on the ground against the beauty and freedom in the sky.”
She even got philosophical: “The message [tends to be], ‘We’ve gotta save the Earth!’ when in reality, we are nature and we are the Earth. As human beings, we’re just another creature. But luckily, we’re gifted with consciousness and a mind that can manufacture change. If we plan to save the planet, we have to start with ourselves.”
The good news is Woodley is well-aware of how all of her environmental explanations sound sometimes. “[My friends and I] joke that our conversations sound like a Sh*t Wild People Say video,” she told the magazine. “We were foraging for wild leeks in Maine last year, and one of my friends said, ‘Does anyone want the rest of my rhizome?’ And we all cracked up, thinking that only here and with this group of people would someone ask that question.”
Well, she’s not wrong.