Shailene Woodley was supposed to be doing a press tour for her latest movie, the partially improvised Endings, Beginnings, but then a weird thing happened where nobody’s allowed to go outside anymore or something? I don’t know, I keep seeing commercials about it. Anyway, apparently it’s a whole thing. So in lieu of a press tour, Shailene did an interview from her house for The New York Times. In the interview Shailene talked about self-isolation, indicated that she’s no longer with Fijian rugby star Ben Vevolva, talked about having been in an open relationship before (and an abusive one), and said that she doesn’t require an intimacy coordinator when it comes to pretend fucking, thank you very much. And who could blame her? Somehow, the person who should be the second hottest kombucha jerk at the Santa Cruz Natural Food Co-Op (sorry, Shailene, Rainbow Electric’s braless perfect C cups are just a little bit perkier), is starring in a movie where she gets to rub her sun-baked muff all over Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan. Jennifer Lawrence, look at your life choices. If you had just stopped shaving your armpits, this could have been you!
Shailene is loving life in isolation with her dog. And apparently, these past few weeks have been the longest amount of time that she’s “lived in her own home” since she was 17. No further explanation was given about her living situation, so one might assume she was living with someone else, possibly Ben, until very recently. But Shaline says she’s “very much single” now, and that she’s “chosen to be single for a while.” Since Endings, Beginnings is about a love triangle, Shailene was asked if she’s ever done an Eiffel Tower. OK, maybe not exactly.
Listen, I’m someone who has experienced both an open relationship and a deeply monogamous relationship in my life, and I think we’re in a day and age where there should be no rules except for the ones designed by two people in a partnership — or three people, whatever floats your boat! But there has to be a level of responsibility in any relationship dynamic, and that responsibility is simply honesty and communication and trust. Apart from that, it’s really none of our business what people choose to do with their lives.
Shailene’s no prude! Not in her real life, and not on set. She’s previously asserted that if she’s doing any pretend fucking, she’s going to do it naked like Mother Gaia intended. She also has no need for an intimacy coach. If Sebastian wants to braid her coochie hair with his teeth, he just has to ask in advance.
For me, intimacy coaches make me uncomfortable because it feels like another set of eyes that I don’t need. But I have no problem stopping production when I’m uncomfortable, and I don’t think that’s the case for a lot of people, so I think it’s wonderful that there’s a lifeline that people can lean on to know they’ll be protected. That being said, the best thing a director could do is ask an actor right off the bat: “What are you comfortable with? What are your boundaries?”
Physical intimacy, remember that? How quaint. I love how this interview just came out and it’s already dated. Anyway, since Shailene didn’t have to put pants on for this interview, here’s something she wore in public at her movie’s TIFF premiere back in September.
God I miss the endless fuckery of red carpets.