How Shailene Woodley Is Following in Jennifer Lawrence's Footsteps

PHOTO: Shailene Woodley, left, is pictured on March 4, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. Jennifer Lawrence, right, is pictured on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Shailene Woodley is sounding a lot like Jennifer Lawrence these days.

It's not surprising, considering that Woodley, 22, has sought out Lawrence, 23, for advice, despite their one-year age difference.

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There are plenty of similarities between the two young actresses, though Woodley's star is still on the rise and JLaw already has an Oscar under her belt.

An interview with Woodley in the April issue of Teen Vogue highlights some of the similarities (and a few of the differences) between the two. Keep reading to see how Woodley seems to be following in Lawrence's footsteps.

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Helming a (potential) Blockbuster Series

Woodley's next major film role, as the star of the dystopian thriller "Divergent," based on the first book in Veronica Roth's young adult trilogy, is already earning her comparisons to Lawrence and the "Hunger Games" series. Woodley even sought out Lawrence's advice after initially turning down the part.

"I asked Jennifer Lawrence, 'Are you happy with your choice to take on 'The Hunger Games'?' And she said she wouldn't change it for the world," Woodley told Teen Vogue. "She told me, 'There are some things -- don't make a sex tape, don't do drugs, don't do things in public -- that you wouldn't want other people judging you for. But this is the best decision you'll ever make.'"

Like Lawrence, Woodley threw herself into training for the role and often worked 16-hour days in 20-degree weather alongside castmates Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz and Miles Teller.

Being a Hollywood Rebel

Like her counterpart, Woodley is somewhat of a rebel, though Teen Vogue said she's not so much "infused with sass," like Lawrence, than she is "hippie love." Woodley recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she wears only used clothes, forages for fruit and doesn't own a home, preferring a "vagabond lifestyle." As a "citizen of this planet," she explained to THR, "I'm going to do my responsibility and live in stride with nature instead of constantly fighting against her."

Still, Woodley isn't afraid to make headlines for her strong opinions. She dissed the "Twilight" series for being about a "very unhealthy, toxic relationship." "She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve," Woodley told Teen Vogue.

Indie Film Cred

Like Lawrence, Woodley launched her career on the big screen through a breakout role in a smaller indie film. That 2011 film, "The Descendants," in which she played George Clooney's teenage daughter, won her an independent Spirit Award. Though "Divergent" is expected to be a blockbuster, she continues to return to her indie roots. Later this year she'll star in the indie drama "White Bird in a Blizzard."

She's Got Plenty Self-Esteem

Woodley, like Lawrence, rebuffs Hollywood's constant pressure to conform to certain beauty standards. "I was once told by a studio that I needed to make my look more cosmopolitan, that I needed to create a persona," she told Teen Vogue. "I looked at them and said, 'You just told me I wasn't good enough to be myself. And that is not OK."

She’s Got a Sense of Humor

Woodley has shown she has a sense of humor, not unlike Lawrence. In her "Tonight Show" appearance Wednesday, she brought host Jimmy Fallon some herbs for flu and cold season. Pulling out of her bag a phallic-looking horseradish root, Woodley invited Fallon to hold it. "I've never seen one this size before," Fallon said. "I've got to be honest, this ... doesn't look familiar to me at all." Woodley giggled, "Are you blushing?"

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