Speaking with NET-A-PORTER's digital title PORTER, the actress got candid about how her personal life impacted her performance on the television adaptation of "Three Women."
"It was hard to film because I was going through the darkest, hardest time in my life; it was winter in New York, and my personal life was shitty, so it felt like a big pain bubble for eight months," she told the publication -- her split from fiancé Aaron Rodgers early last year, which was widely reported at the time, seems to coincide with the production.
"I was so grateful that at least I could go to work and cry and process my emotions through my character," Woodley recalled of shooting the upcoming Showtime series.
"I've always loved getting older, but it's almost like I feel an exhale," the star went on to explain. "I've been waiting so long to experience not giving a f--k about what other people think about me and my life and the choices I make."
She further explained (with many believing she was referencing Rodgers): "It honestly never really hit me that millions of people around the world were actually watching these things and paid attention to them. Then, I dated somebody in America who was very, very famous. It was the first time that I'd had a quote-unquote 'famous' relationship, and I watched [the] scrutiny, opinions, the desire for people to know my life and his life and our life – it just felt violating in a way that, before, it was fun."
"I'm a very private person, and so I found that any time I posted anything, I instantly felt like I was sharing too much of who I am with people I didn't necessarily trust."
Woodley and NFL star Rodgers are believed to have begun dating in the summer of 2020 following his split from Danica Patrick.
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