Shailene Woodley: George Clooney helped me become a 'better person'
Shailene Woodley says George Clooney, who plays her father in the new film "The Descendants," is a "super human" and helped her become a "better person."
The California-born actress made her comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish at the recent Los Angeles premiere of the drama film, which hit theaters in the United States on Wednesday, November 16, a day after she celebrated her 20th birthday.
"George is a super human," He's incredible - beyond incredible. On a ... personal level, I became a better person after knowing him. George Clooney is a phenomenal actor because he's a phenomenal actor, not because an editor makes him look good."
In "The Descendants," Clooney plays a Hawaii man named Matt King, who faces the challenge of raising his two young daughters after his wife is injured in a boating accident and slips into a coma. King has also just inherited a large chunk of land, while a shady relative, played by Beau Bridges, has his own ideas of what he should do with it.
"When you have an amazing actor to work with, it raises the bar," Woodley said about Clooney. "You have to rise to the occasion. It's exciting, because you get to argue with someone who knows how to argue and you get to have these emotional scenes with someone who really knows the notes and tones of emotional scenes. I learned so much as an actor just working with him."
"He's so professional," she added. "He's never in his trailer - always on set, hanging out. He's the best." The movie was filmed in the spring of 2010 in Kaua'i and Honolulu in Hawaii.
Woodley, who is also known for her role as Amy Juergens in the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," said her experience shooting the film "kind of awakened me as a human being and let me know who I am and who I want to be in this world."
"The worst part was having to leave and go back home," she added.
Clooney told OnTheRedCarpet.com that while "The Descendants" has many tricky emotional scenes, he wouldn't describe his acting work as "hard."
"Look, I cut tobacco for a living for a while in Kentucky - that was hard, you know? I sold ladies shoes in a department store - that was hard," Clooney said. "This [acting] isn't a hard job in those terms. Was it tricky? Sure there were elements of it that were difficult to do, it's not hard."
Amara Miller, who plays King's youngest daughter, Scottie, told Us Weekly at the premiere she doesn't think the actor would make a good father in real life, adding: "George has fun being an adult, and I don't think he would like having kids. I know that he's not planning on having kids anytime soon."
Miller has never appeared in an on-screen production before filming "The Descendants."
"Amara, the youngest one, had never done anything, even in school," Bridges told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "No school plays. She just came straight out."
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).Check out the trailer for "The Descendants" below.