AceShowbiz - Shailene Woodley called time on her romance with rugby player Ben Volavola after a film role made her realise she wasn't ready to "fully commit" to a relationship.
The "Big Little Lies" star opened up to Bustle about her relationship status, admitting she had decided to go into lockdown in a cabin by herself during the coronavirus pandemic following the split.
"I was in a relationship with someone and we were very much on the road to marriage and children," she said. "(But while filming Endings Beginnings) I realised I was still at an age where I wasn't able to fully commit. I couldn't be available to him in the way that I wanted to be. I didn't fully love myself."
Shailene stars as Daphne in new movie "Endings Beginnings", with the film following her character as she sleeps with two best friends after taking a six month vow of celibacy. The director, Drake Doremus, gave the cast an 80-page outline of the film and told them to improvise the rest - and it was this process that made the 28-year-old realise the issues in her relationship.
"What improvising an entire movie does is forces you to be truthful in a way that even in your own life you're not truthful," she explained. "Because of that raw, vulnerable state we submitted to while performing these characters, I learned a lot about what was and wasn't working in my personal life."
But now she doesn't have any potential suitors to distract herself, Shailene is fully focused on self-growth during the global health pandemic.
"I was trying to use relationships to distract me from getting to know myself," she explained. "(Now) I can't run from myself. I can try, but my house is not that big."