Shailene’s film ‘breaking female lead paradigms’

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley thinks The Fault in Our Stars breaks “the paradigm for female leads”.

The 22-year-old actress stars in the forthcoming drama directed by Josh Boone, which is based on the fourth novel by John Green.

The plot centers on a young girl with an oxygen tank named Hazel, played by Shailene, who falls in love with an athlete after meeting at a cancer support group.

“It’s such an important movie: It’s a big studio movie where their lead female has a cannula [oxygen tube] in, in every scene, and on the f***in’ poster my face has no makeup on it and an oxygen tube,” Entertainment Weekly quotes the Divergent star as saying during a talk at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

“That is groundbreaking and it’s completely rewriting the paradigm for how female leads exist. I saw [Fox’s chairman and chief executive] Jim Gianopolus, and I said, ‘Thank you so much for having the guts and the balls to make a movie like this, to put out a movie like this.’ People making indie movies don’t even make movies like this. It’s so cool.”

Novelist John wrote the screenplay along with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

Shailene is deeply moved by the strength of her character Hazel and she thinks the writers did an excellent job.

“People ask me in interviews all the time, ‘How did it feel to play a cancer patient?’ I didn’t play a cancer patient. I played a girl who happened to be leading this life and happened to have ‘a touch of cancer,’” she said, referencing a line from John’s tome.

“This book — and movie — they don’t victimize death, they empower life. That should be the tagline.”

The Fault in Our Stars will be released in theaters June 6.

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