¡¡¡¡The actress speaks to Shape about trying to protect the oceans, telling the magazine how she wants to do everything she possibly can to ¡°make things feel a little better.¡±
¡¡¡¡She explains, ¡°I was raised by two psychologists, so empathy was a big deal in our household. Everything was about trying to understand everyone else¡¯s experience. Not necessarily agreeing with it, but having empathy for whatever they were going through. From there, I looked at nature and the natural world the same way.¡±
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¡¡¡¡Woodley says of her emotional connection to saving the ocean: ¡°I don¡¯t want to save the ocean because my mind says it¡¯s the right thing to do. I want to save the ocean because I can feel that she¡¯s suffering. I can feel that turtle drowning from the plastic in its belly.
¡¡¡¡¡°I can feel the temperatures rising on the algae that is killing other species. For me, everything is based in feeling and emotion. I¡¯m a progressive, and I want to change the world ¨C I feel a responsibility to try to do everything I possibly can to make things feel a little better.¡±
¡¡¡¡Woodley shares of now working with Kar¨¹n, a collection of sunglasses made from recycled fishing nets and metals, to create change: ¡°Those microplastics ¡ª there¡¯s no way we will ever clean them up.¡±
¡¡¡¡Adding, ¡°No matter how many eyeglasses we make. No matter how many other material goods we create using them. What we can change is consuming that plastic in the first place. I¡¯m always much more focused on the human side of the environmentalist mission, because until we address that, nothing will happen.¡±
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¡¡¡¡The star goes on to say of getting sustainability to stick: ¡°So much of what people are doing today is fighting against, and standing against, something. That¡¯s important obviously because it helps educate us and helps awareness. But what I¡¯m really interested in is: What if we completely take ourselves out of the narrative of ¡®I¡¯m against oil and gas, and I¡¯m against these things,¡¯ and just start building new systems and new foundations that are in alignment with all the things we want to create. I believe that offers more inspiration and easier, quicker access to the change we all seek.¡±
¡¡¡¡She also talks about creating a healthy headspace: ¡°One thing I really prioritize is sleep, and it has changed my life genuinely. Another is focusing on how I can nurture and help my self-talk.
¡¡¡¡¡°When I notice negative self-talk happening, how I can sit with it and be friends with it instead of constantly feeling I¡¯m in this rat race of not good enough, not this enough. Becoming a witness to it instead of a victim to it has also dramatically improved my health.¡±
¡¡¡¡Read the full interview in the new issue of Shape, on sale June 11.