In Lynn Hirschberg's New York magazine cover story about the actresses Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson, Hirschberg writes that they are "allies in their unique quest to raise Hollywood’s consciousness." But both women grew up in the machine of the entertainment world before they went public with their defiance of it. Hirschberg's article sets up a new archetype for a young female movie star: Larson and Woodley are anti-Eve Harringtons. They are supportive of one another, have New Age-y interests in health and the environment, and balk at some on-screen representations of women. They both also grew up in the industry, and were nearly moved to reject it.
Since she's arguably the bigger star, Woodley's path from young Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C. toABC Family star on The Secret Life of the American Teenager to the talk of the town thanks to The Descendants is oft-discussed, and Hirschberg explains that Woodley thought about leaving the business before The Spectacular Now came along. Larson's history hasn't been picked over in the same way. Hirschberg doesn't even mention that she was a regular on The United States of Tara or that she made an attempt at an Avril Lavigne-esque pop punk career.