“Big Little Lies” actress Shailene Woodley was arrested back in October for taking part in a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and this past Friday, March 24, she plead guilty to disorderly conduct. She has been sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation. Construction of the pipeline has raised environmental concerns and has been apposed by Native American groups including the Standing Rock Sioux tribe because the pipeline would threaten its water source.
Woodley has long been a vocal opponent of the pipeline. “For the first time in history,” she told Seth Meyers last year, “that you have this many tribes gathered in one place, standing together united to stand up not only for their rights, but human rights and the access to clean water.” Woodley even chatted about her mug shot with Stephen Colbert: “I wish I had known that this was going to be as public as it was. I would have made a face.” She added about the protests, “The front lines don’t necessarily have to be in North Dakota. The front lines can be wherever you are … because protests are about creating awareness.”
The politically active 25-year-old actress rose to fame on the ABC Family TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and then she earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for her supporting role in the film “The Descendants.” She followd that by starring in the “Divergent” film franchise adapted from a series of young adult novels, and she’s currently getting Emmy buzz for her performance as a single mother in HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies.” Usually a criminal record would be a hindrance to one’s awards prospects, but in this case Woodley’s public activism could even give her a boost.
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