On Music: Shailene Woodley and Her Musical "Bible"

by Armando Gallo June 7, 2018
Actress Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley seemed to came out of nowhere when she got a Golden Globe nomination for her role as George Clooney’s daughter in director Alexander Payne's The Descendants. That started a chain of nominations and accolades, and her career further blossomed as part of the strong female cast of Big Little Lies.
 
This week she can be seen in her self-produced film Adrift, the true story of Tami Oldham, a 23-year-old Californian girl who went adrift in the Pacific Ocean for 42 days, after sailing into a hurricane. “There’s a sweet moment in the film,” we noted to the actress, “When you pick up the guitar and music seems to be a savior. Does that also happens in real life when acting needs a helping hand?”   
 
“Music is so important but it depends on the film. For this movie, I had earphones in almost every day. I’m sure you can relate, there are some songs and some melodies or beats that immediately take you to a place of either emotion, sadness, elation, excitement and for the emotional demands that were required to play this character, amidst the distractions of bobbing and weaving boats, my headphones and my soundtrack really became like a bible in a way to immediately ground me and remind me of the state that Tami had to be in.”