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Shailene Woodley Shuns Being Called a Feminist: ‘It’s Still a Label’ (photos!)

Shailene Woodley's latest movie 'Insurgent' debuts this weekend. Like her character, she doesn't like labels. (Photo by Hilary Walsh for Nylon)

Shailene Woodley’s latest movie ‘Insurgent’ debuts this weekend. Like her character, she doesn’t like labels. (Photo by Hilary Walsh for Nylon)

Shailene Woodley character, Tris, in her upcoming movie “Divergent: Insurgent” suffers because of labels, something the actress shuns in real life, even when someone calls her a feminist. “It’s still a label,” she says, and labels divide us.

Woodley’s movie debuts this Friday (Mar. 20) and early forecasts project that the movie could gross $57 million over the weekend.

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The story is about Tris, who lives in a future dystopian society where members are labeled and forced to declare themselves in one of five groups: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent).

Things start to go wrong when Tris is discovered to be “divergent;” she doesn’t fit into any group. That makes her special, but also dangerous as Erudite plots to take over in a coup.

Shailene Woodley Still Defying Labels
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In real life, Woodley tells Nylon magazine in its new issue that labels are often divisive.

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“The reason why I don’t like to say that I am a feminist or I am not a feminist is because to me it’s still a label,” she says. “I do not want to be defined by one thing.”

“Why do we have to have that label to divide us? We should all be able to embrace one another regardless of our belief system and regardless of the labels that we have put upon ourselves,” she adds.

She also relates to her character in another way. “Tris was not born a superhero, but what I love about her is that you can watch her progression into a strong young woman.”

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Tris also has another revealing trait: “When fear comes knocking on her door, she doesn’t run away—she stands up to it…. And I thought that was a really beautiful message to be sending out to young women.”

If the “Divergent” movies put her on the map, her indie projects, “The Fault in Our Stars,” “White Bird in a Blizzard” and her 2011 breakout role in George Clooney’s “The Descendants,” have helped define her.

“The last two years have been very powerful for me,” she says. “I’m starting to empower myself.”

She has a style that is refined yet eclectic, both feminine and tomboy, and she clearly charts her own course, from adding clay to her diet to her casual attitude about on-screen nudity.

For the magazine’s photo spread she posed for photographer Hilary Walsh in an androgynous look styled by Nylon fashion director J. Errico.

Check out her photos and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest celebrity news.

For more on the interview click over to Nylon online. The issue hits newsstands Mar. 31. The movie debuts this weekend.

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