Actress Shailene Woodley stepped out in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday (September 24) to attend a press conference for her new film Snowden during the Zurich Film Festival.
During the conference, Shailene sat down with director Oliver Stone and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt to discuss the biopic where she stars as Edward Snowden‘s girlfriend Lindsay Mills.
“When I heard that Oliver Stone was making this movie, I actually wrote him a letter,” Shailene said in a recent interview about wanting to work on the film.
“I did ask to audition for it but the point of the letter wasn’t to be a part of the movie; it was just to say, ‘Thank you for making a movie like this.’”
“The thing that I fell in love with about the script is that for me, as someone who did a lot of research on the information that was disclosed, I didn’t know that Ed Snowden was a conservative before he was more liberal,” she said.
“I didn’t know that he wanted to be part of the military before he had any interest in joining the NSA or CIA. [Being an agent] wasn’t on his radar. It was sort of a Plan B.”
“We are so quick to judge in our society but so often we are only being fed one narrative, and with Ed Snowden, we’ve only been fed the narrative of mainstream media and independent journalists.”
“We’ve never had the luxury of being fed the narrative of the historical events that led him to do what he did. I think that’s what this movie does. Thinking back to the first time I heard his name and the effect it had on me to now, my judgments and beliefs have shifted a little bit because I understand the backstory. So there’s a certain sense of empathy that I didn’t have before.”
You can catch Shailene in Snowden, in theatres now!