Shailene Woodley Compares Being In A Jail Cell To Being A ‘Caged Animal’

The actress was arrested last year while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Over the past couple years, Shailene Woodley has become one of Hollywood’s most outspoken political activists. She’s campaigned for Bernie Sanders, been extremely vocal about protecting the environment, and was one of the many people on the ground at Standing Rock protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

If you’ll recall, Woodley was arrested for participating in the protest (you may have seen her mugshot floating around the web or the Facebook live video that captured the whole thing). More specifically, she, along with 26 others, was arrested for criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot. 

Woodley opened up about her arrest and going to jail in the latest issue of Marie Claire U.K.

“I was strip-searched. Like get naked, turn over, spread your butt cheeks, bend over. They were looking for drugs in my ass,” she revealed, adding, “When you’re in a jail cell and they shut that door, you realize no one can save you. If there’s a fire and they decide not to open the door, you’ll die. You are a caged animal.” 

The 25-year-old also revealed that she’s currently on probation, as she signed a plea deal after her arrest. 

“I’ve gotta watch my ass,” she said with a smile. 

Shailene Woodley on the cover of Marie Claire U.K.'s October issue. 
Shailene Woodley on the cover of Marie Claire U.K.'s October issue. 

Woodley has continued to stay vocal about her beliefs, often using her Instagram platform to advocate for what she believes in. As she told Marie Claire, after getting involved with Sanders’ campaign, “I got addicted and stayed addicted.”

She also recently admitted to The New York Times that a future in politics isn’t totally out of the question

“There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, ‘Huh, maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple years,’” Woodley said. “And you know what? I’m not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.”

To read her full interview with Marie Claire UK, head to their website. 



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