Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley Uncomfortable with Jennifer Lawrence Comparison

04 Jun 2014

Starlet feels the media can heighten insecurities

You can see why they are constantly compared to each other; Shailene Woodley and Jennifer Lawrence are starlets just a year apart in age, they both front major franchise blockbusters set in the dystopian future, they’re both outspoken with a keen sense of red-carpet style – and a huge hit with fans.

But Shailene Woodley, who can next be seen in the big-screen adaptation of The Fault Is In Our Stars has revealed that she isn’t happy with the constant comparisons to fellow actress Jennifer Lawrence, insisting that the media constantly pitting the young female stars against one another "creates distress".

The Descendants star is a big fan of 23 year-old JLaw and even turned to The Hunger Games beauty for advice about taking on a big franchise before signing on for the Divergent series, but insists she isn't trying to follow her friend's career steps and is urging reporters and fans to quit comparing female celebrities - because criticism can cause them serious insecurities.

Shailene reveals she was particularly hurt following a pre-taped appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in March, when she was actually booed by the studio audience for refusing to accept the comparisons.

The segment, during which she told host Fallon that "comparisons always lead to despair", was edited out of the TV broadcast, but she said, "It bothered me, because it's human nature to feel bad if you are booed by an entire audience."

The 22 year-old continues, "As women, we are constantly told that we need to compare ourselves to a girl in school, to our co-workers, to the images in a magazine. How is the world going to advance if we're always comparing ourselves to others?

"I admire Jennifer Lawrence, but she's everyone's favourite person to compare me to. Is it because we both have short hair and (are women)? I see us as separate individuals. And that's important. As women, our insecurities are based on all these comparisons. And that creates distress."