Shailene Woodley: Earth Angel

With four upcoming movies, including this month's The Spectacular Now, actress Shailene Woodley is poised for superstardom — whether she wants it or not.

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July 11, 2013 9:00 AM
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Earth Angel

But it's her role as Beatrice "Tris" Prior in next March's Divergent, starring Kate Winslet and based on Veronica Roth's best-selling young-adult trilogy about a future dystopian Chicago, that could propel her to supernova status. Critics say the part, which required nearly six weeks of training in knife throwing, has the potential to do for Woodley what The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen did for Jennifer Lawrence. "We are similar in many ways," says Woodley of Tris. "She constantly struggles between two worlds, the old and the new. I struggle in real life trying to balance my natural connection to the earth and the somewhat materialistic side of the industry I am in." So while she may show up in Valentino Haute Couture at the Oscars, the rest of the time she pretty much lives in T-shirts and Melodia leggings. ("Anything over a certain amount of money freaks me out.")

Jacket, $3,295, skirt, $1,305, Kenzo; top, from $35, Metropolis Vintage.