Shailene Woodley Is Considering a Run for Congress: ‘I’m Not Going to Rule It Out’

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The ‘Divergent’ star is an outspoken environmental activist.

Shailene Woodley has high aspirations!

The 25-year-old actress, who was arrested last year while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, recently told The New York Times she has thought about a run for Congress.

“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,’” she said.

“And you know what? I’m not going to rule it out,” she continued. “Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.”

Woodley has long been an opponent of the controversial proposed oil pipeline since becoming aware of the approximately $3.78 billion project. In an essay written after her arrest, the actress encouraged others to find their calling.

"Whatever your cause is. Whatever your passion is. Whatever you care about most ... none of your efforts or hard-earned opinions will matter when the planet and the people you're fighting for have nothing left to show for it," she wrote.“Will you choose money, or will you choose children? Will you choose ignorance, or will you choose love? Will you choose blindness, or will you choose freedom?"

"I am not scared. I am not afraid. I am grateful, and I am amazed to be standing by the sides of so many peaceful warriors," she concluded. "Simply feeding off the hype of a celebrity’s arrest ain’t going to save the world. But, standing together will."


Earlier this year, the Big Little Lies star praised Malia Obama for her attendance at a pipeline protest during the Sundance Film Festival.

"I thought that was really moving and inspiring that, despite who you are, who your family is, where you come from, it was neat to see her be invested personally and separately from her family in these causes," Woodley said on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

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