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I feel like we are too quick to compare actresses to each other. Not just due to type-casting or age or genre of films, but now their personal lives too?

IB Times posted this article describing why Shailene Woodley could be the next Jennifer Lawrence. Did we not hear this about Jennifer Lawrence being the next Kristen Stewart with all the Hunger Games/Twilight comparisons? And now, Divergent/Hunger Games?

I get it is a marketing ploy to generate excitement about a new franchise, but I really believe we need to look at each franchise on it’s own. And each actor on their own. Shailene and Jennifer are both fabulous actresses and from what I can tell amazing people, but let’s not throw them in the same pot of “teen movie lead idol” and let’s look at them for who they really are…. which is what this article could have done, by just talking about Shailene’s life….

Regardless of my personal dislike to comparing every lead actor or actress in every “YA novel turned movie” this article gives Shailene a lot of the praise she deserves, not sure why the “could be next Jennifer Lawrence” was thrown into the title…

1. She stars in two upcoming films based on high-profile bestsellers
Woodley landed the lead roles for upcoming film, “The Fault in Our Stars,” set to hit theaters in June 2014. She also portrayed a major character in another film, “Divergent.”

It should be interesting to note that both films are based on high-profile bestsellers.“Divergent” is based on the debut novel by American author, Veronica Roth and the book (and the film) has been compared to “The Hunger Games,” for its theme and target audience.

“The Fault in Our Stars,” on the other hand is the fourth solo novel by John Green. Published in 2012, the story is about a cancer patient Hazel, who falls in love with a former basketball player and an amputee.

2. The teens will sure love her
The storylines both offered by “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars” no doubt touch the hearts of the teens. These are the kinds of stories that made the teens fall in love to Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in “The Twilight,”; and Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe in “The Harry Potter” and Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games.”

3. She shows versatility in acting
Woodley according to Michigan Daily shows versatility in her acting. Referring to her roles other than the lead characters for “Divergent” and “The Fault In Our Stars,” the news Web site noted how Woodley was able to portray different kinds of roles. In “The Spectacular Now” Woodley was able to pull off a great performance of a teen in love. What is interesting about the young star is her ability to turn things around in the “Descendants” where she played an intense character that earned her praise and even got nominated for the Golden Globe.

4. She’s got the looks
Big, bright eyes. Long pins. Great smiles.

5. Her values and beliefs
If there’s one thing that would really get your attention about Shailene Woodley, it’s her beliefs and values. At such a young age, she already started working on her humanitarian activities. The “Divergent” actress did not wait to become an A-list star, like Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon or Sandra Bullock. At this stage in her career, Woodley has already been involved in a number of causes.

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