Shailene Woodley could look a little tougher if she tried.
The actress’ mugshot following her arrest at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests was shared on Global’s “The Late Show”, when host Stephen Colbert teased her, assuming she was “auditioning for ‘Orange Is the New Black’. This is you actually having been arrested at the Standing Rock protest.”
Woodley admitted she had no idea the images would be made so public or else she would have put more effort into mean mugging her mug shot. “I feel like I’m just looking at the person, like, ‘Are you kidding me right now?'”
The late-night talk-show host said Woodley’s calm demeanour was impressive. “If I was arrested and put in an orange jumpsuit, I wouldn’t look as serene as you do there… I think that’s a really good choice.”
The 25-year-old actress was arrested for criminal trespassing while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in October, an incident she was broadcasting on Facebook Live. “I was lucky. My mom was actually with me in North Dakota that day by happenstance,” she said. “It was her first time there; she was out there to participate in this powwow in Rapid City, S.D.”
“I handed her my phone and I was, like, ‘Keep recording.’ The look on her face — she was shocked. I can’t imagine what it would be like to watch your daughter be handcuffed and taken away,” she continued.
Woodley was released from Morton County Jail hours later, but her support for Standing Rock has not wavered in light of the arrest. “The tribe at Standing Rock has been opposing this pipeline since 2014. Last year, starting around September, thousands of people flooded to the reservation to protest this pipeline,” she told Colbert.
“We got the Army Corps of Engineers under [Barack] Obama’s administration to deny the easement, so they couldn’t drill. And as we’ve all maybe heard, in the last few weeks there has been an executive order from [Donald] Trump’s administration saying that they were going to go ahead with the easement anyways and start drilling… [But] the protest at Standing Rock is continuing. People are still there.”
And the “Divergent” star will continue to speak out. “The front lines don’t necessarily have to be in North Dakota. The front lines can be wherever you are,” she explained. “You can create a protest in New York City—because protests are about creating awareness and people coming together.”
Woodley most recently starred in “Snowden” and will next appear in the upcoming series “Big Little Lies” alongside Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
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