Shailene Woodley Calls Her Short-Lived Role on The O.C. Her 'Proudest Accomplishment'

While The O.C. wasn't quite the breakout role for Woodley as it was for her costars, she became a household name five years later when she starred on her own teen drama, as pregnant high schooler Amy Juergens in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. 

"When I signed onto Secret Life, I read [three] episodes and I signed a contract for six years," she told Bustle in a recent interview. "[Those episodes] all hit home. I had friends in high school who were pregnant. It felt like everything that I wanted to be sending into the world."

But looking back, Woodley said she struggled with the show's promotion of abstinence.

"There were a lot of things that were written into the scripts that not just me, but a lot of the cast, disagreed with," she continued. "There were belief systems that were pushed that were different than my own. Yet legally I was stuck there. To this day it's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. So being on Secret Life propelled me to be more vocal about my own belief systems."

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