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Farmin' Shailene Woodley: "I'm No Girlie Girl"

Posted Tuesday February 21, 2012 3:11 PM GMT

She's made quite the name for herself thanks to her role in "The Descendants," and Shailene Woodley landed herself the cover of the new issue of Malibu magazine.

The 20-year-old actress posed for the publication's Mike Piscitelli shot spread while clad in Valentino, as she also opened up in teh accompanying interview about everything from her interest in organic farming to not being a 'girlie' girl.

Highlights from Miss Woodley's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Malibu!

On her interest in organic farming:
"I farm a lot in Malibu. There’s a farm in Malibu, right near Kanan, right at Point Dume called Vital Zuman. It’s a family-owned farm that’s been around for a few generations, and I go volunteer there when I have days off. It’s amazing. It’s 100 percent organic, and it’s an incredible property. They have a farm stand. I go, and they tell me what they need done, and I farm. And in exchange I get free vegetables."

On learning from acting classes:
“I think a lot of people still go to acting classes. I go for my own benefit. I feel like I become a stronger person from acting class. When you do improv exercises, it helps your brain function quicker. When you do scenes, you learn a different color of yourself, and you get to explore different emotions. I’m really lucky, too; the class I go to, everybody’s very close. It’s like a family. It’s a very safe environment in order to dive into some crazy scenes and be vulnerable.”

On not being a girlie girl:
“No, I’m not a girlie girl at all. I never wear dresses. I’m always in either long, baggy skirts that I can still do ‘crisscross applesauce’ in, or blue jeans. I’m very lucky to work with a stylist who cares about fashion, because I don’t at all. And I’m very lucky to have a makeup artist and hair guy who are really good at what they do, because I would go to events with no makeup and no hair and in pajamas if I could.”

On her ability to exude emotion in 'The Descendants':
"For me, like I said, it’s really submitting myself to the moment. … I don’t think too much about character. A lot of actors will listen to a song before they need to cry or will think about their character’s history and will break down the script and figure out where their character came from and why this scene is hard on them. For me, my approach is memorizing my lines and not practicing it too much on my own, having a small idea of what I think the scene should be like and then going in and completely surrendering myself to the moment — because you never know what a scene is going to be like until you’re there and the other actors are there."

Photo Credit: Mike Piscitelli for Malibu