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DP/30: The Desccendants, actor Shailene Woodley

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3 Responses to “DP/30: The Desccendants, actor Shailene Woodley”

  1. LexG says:

    My new favorite actress and a TOTALLY charming interview subject. Also has THE cutest voice ever. I think I am starting to like her more than even K-Stew.

    Really hope she gets nominated.

  2. sanj says:

    arg. another boring hotel room with bad lamps in the background .

    this years Natalie Portman – 50% chance she’ll get another dp/30 if the movie gets nominated….
    nice to see she’s keeping it real …extra real like a real human would.

    DP missed out on having a real conversation about her favorite movie Martha Marcy May Marlene …could have easily
    mentioned DP did 2 interviews with the cast . DP could have
    whipped out and ipad and showed her the interview.
    she could have watched 1 dp/30 and DP would have waited 30 minutes and then spent 15 minutes talking about the movie. now that would have been cool. she and Liz Olsen could become best bff’s ( best friends ) because of a dp/30…
    it wouldn’t be DP self promoting the dp/30’s – it would be
    all about the acting ..also could have shown her a dp/30 with John Hawkes too.

  3. Shailene did a great job in The Descendants and is starting her career off in a very high profile film. Check out my reviews of The Descendants on Sobriety Test Movie Reviews at

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