SHAILENE WOODLEY [Beatrice “Tris” Prior] is best known for her award winning performance opposite George Clooney in Academy Award® nominated film The Descendants from writer/director Alexander Payne. Among the many accolades she received for her work in the film, were a 2012 Independent Spirit Award® for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® nomination and a Critics Choice award nomination. Variety said of her performance, “Woodley is a revelation in the role of Alex, displaying both the edge and the depth that the role demands.” A.O. Scott of the New York Times agreed saying Woodley gives, “one of the toughest, smartest, most credible adolescent performances in recent memory.”
Woodley recently starred in the dramatic film White Bird In A Blizzard for director Gregg Araki, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. Magnolia Pictures released the film on VOD on September 25th and then in theaters nationwide on October 24th. The film debuted internationally at the Deauville Film Festival in France.
Woodley further solidified her stature as a talented and versatile actress in the critically acclaimed film The Fault In Our Stars, the big screen adaption of John Green’s hugely popular novel. Woodley earned glowing reviews from the most respected critics in the country and it dominated the box office on opening weekend. The film has earned over $250 million worldwide thus far. Woodley has been acknowledged by The People’s Choice Awards, The Broadcast Film Critics Awards and The Teen Choice Awards for her performance. Just prior, Woodley starred in The Spectacular Now opposite Miles Teller. The co-stars shared the Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013; and Woodley was nominated for a Gotham Award and an Independent Spirit Award® for Best Actress.
Woodley’s star status was proven in the big screen version of Divergent for Summit Entertainment, based on the popular YA novel of the same name from best-selling author Veronica Roth.
Fans worldwide are also anticipating the return of Tris in the next installment of the Divergent series, entitled The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which will be in theaters all over the world in March 2015.
Woodley will soon begin production as the female lead opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt in the Oliver Stone directed film Snowden, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, the American computer specialist and former employee of the CIA who leaked classified information from the NSA about surveillance programs run by the US.
Woodley began her career at the age of 5 when an agent recognized her potential and signed her in an instant and she has been working ever since. She cut her teeth in commercials and then earned her first TV role in the 1999 TV Movie, Replacing Dad, which starred two time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell.
Other roles include playing the lead character in the hit ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager for five years; the lead in the popular WB movie Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, which was produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Julia Roberts; and recurring roles on Crossing Jordan (as a young Jill Hennessy), The O.C., and Jack & Bobby. She also had a lead role opposite Ann Margaret and Matthew Settle in the TV movie A Place Called Home.
When she is not on set, Woodley spends as much time outdoors as possible thinking of ways she can help keep the environment beautiful and healthy for future generations.
A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, OCTAVIA SPENCER [Johanna] has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork’s feature film The Help won her the 2012 Academy Award®, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe® Award, SAG Award® and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award, among numerous other honors.
Recently, Spencer co-starred in the action-adventure Snowpiercer opposite Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans; and in Tate Taylor’s Get on Up, a chronicle of musician James Brown’s rise to fame that also stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. She will next be seen in the drama Black or White alongside Kevin Costner; Fathers and Daughters with Quvenzhané Wallis, Diane Kruger, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul; and opposite Sophie Nelisse, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover in The Great Gilly Hopkins, the adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s young adult Newberry Honor novel.
Last year, Spencer was seen in the indie-drama Fruitvale Station, which follows the final hours of Oscar Grant’s life, a young man whose death sparked national outrage after video footage of his shooting was released to the public on New Year’s Eve 2009. Fruitvale Station won several prestigious awards including both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for US Dramatic films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the Un Certain Regard Award for Prix de l’avenir at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, was named one of AFI’s Films of the Year, and received nominations for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards® and NAACP Image Awards. Spencer was awarded Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review for her performance in the film and received an individual nomination from the NAACP Image Awards. She also served as a producer on the film.
In 2013, Spencer was also seen in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut Paradise alongside Russell Brand and Julianne Hough; and Smashed, an independent film which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that also starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul and Megan Mullally. She co-starred in Bryce Dallas Howard’s directed segment of Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, an anthology of five short films focused on various stories of mental illness. Produced by Jennifer Aniston, the Lifetime Original Movie Event also includes films directed by Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd, and Sharon Maguire.
Her acting career began with her big screen debut in 1995 in Joel Schumacher’s A Time To Kill, opposite Sandra Bullock. Since that time, Spencer has built a diverse and impressive resume and in 2009 was lauded by Entertainment Weekly.com for her comedic timing when she was named to their esteemed list of the “25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood.”
Spencer’s extensive feature film credits include Blues For Willadean, Fly Paper, Peep World, Dinner For Schmucks, Small Town Saturday Night, Herpes Boy, Halloween Ii, The Soloist, Drag Me To Hell, Seven Pounds, Pretty Ugly People, Coach Carter, Charm School, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, Bad Santa, Spiderman, Big Momma’s House, Being John Malkovich and Never Been Kissed. In 2009, Spencer directed and produced a short film entitled The Captain, which was a finalist for the coveted Poetry Foundation Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
On television, Spencer was recently seen guest starring in the CBS series Mom, a comedy that centers on a newly sober mom attempting to pull her life together. Additionally, she made a memorable guest appearance in the final season of 30 Rock; starred in the Comedy Central series Halfway Home; and appeared in a five-episode arc as the character Constance Grady on the hit series Ugly Betty. Spencer has been seen in guest-starring roles on shows including The Big Bang Theory, E.R., CSI, CSI: NY, Raising The Bar, Medium, and NYPD Blue.
Among her many other professional achievements, Spencer has co-authored an interactive mystery series for children called Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective. The first title in the series, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit was published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in Fall 2013.
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.