Woodley is the third woman to receive the award, which recognizes actors who are blazing a distinctive and innovative path for their Hollywood peers. Previous winners include Emma Watson, Emma Stone and the only male to receive the award, actor Channing Tatum.
“Shailene Woodley is one of the most talented actresses of this generation,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “Whether baring her soul in emotionally charged roles in The Descendents and The Fault In Our Stars or igniting our imagination in sci-fi blockbusters like Insurgent, Shailene has raised the bar for actresses navigating diverse and challenging roles professionally, while personally remaining down-to-earth and accessible to her fans.”
Shailene Woodley is best known for her award winning performance opposite George Clooney in Academy Award® nominated film The Descendants from writer/director Alexander Payne. Among the many accolades she received for her work in the film were a 2012 Independent Spirit Award® for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® nomination and a Critics Choice award nomination.
Most recently, she has also cemented her status as a star in the big screen version of “Divergent” for Lionsgate, based on the popular YA novel of the same name from best-selling author Veronica Roth. Woodley reprised her role as ‘Tris’ in the second installment of the “Divergent” series, “Insurgent,” which was released nationwide in theaters on Friday, March 20. In addition, she starred in the critically acclaimed film, “The Fault in Our Stars,” the big screen adaption of John Green’s hugely popular novel that dominated the box office on opening weekend, and for which she is nominated for three Golden Popcorns this year (“Best Female,” “Best Duo” and “Best Kiss”).
Just prior, Woodley starred in “The Spectacular Now” opposite Miles Teller. The co-stars shared the Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013; and Woodley was nominated for a Gotham Award, and an Independent Spirit Award® for Best Actress. She also stared in the dramatic film “White Bird in a Blizzard” for director Gregg Araki, which premiered at Sundance in January 2014.
Up next, Woodley will appear in Oliver Stone’s untitled drama based on the life of Edward Snowden.
When she is not on set, Woodley spends as much time outdoors as possible thinking of ways she can help keep the environment beautiful and healthy for future generations.
The 2015 “MTV Movie Awards” will once again officially kick-off the summer movie season, promising to deliver yet another epically funny, unpredictable, over-the-top show that features fan favorite films, actors and musicians. The show will honor the best films and performances from the past year, while featuring exclusive, never-before-seen moments from some of the most highly anticipated upcoming films. The telecast will air across MTV's global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.
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Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves, Lee Lodge and Garrett English serve as Executive Producers for the 2015 “MTV Movie Awards.” English also serves as Executive in Charge for MTV. Barb Bialkowski serves as Producer. Wendy Plaut serves as Co-Executive Producer and Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Amy Doyle is Executive in Charge of Music and Celebrity Talent. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music Talent.