Shailene Woodley graces the cover of ELLE magazine and opens up about what love means to her and how her upbringing has benefited her. The ‘Insurgent’ star also poses for an alluring photo shoot.

Shailene Woodley

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The 23-year-old actress is back on the big screen reprising her role as Beatrice “Tris” Prior in ‘Insurgent,’ the second installment of the ‘Divergent’ trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA dystopian novels.

And now that she is back on the promo trail, Woodley, as always, shares her unconventional and freewheeling views. She tells ELLE magazine her thoughts on love and being in love, saying, “I’m all-loving…I fall in love with people based on who they are.”

She went on to say that she thinks of love as being “Heart centered, like, ‘This is who I am! And I love you if you love me for who this person is. And if not, I’ll still love you, but I ain’t fallin’ in love with you!'”

She declined to say she was dating anyone, male or female, but continued speaking of love saying, “When you’re truly in love, for me, it’s…you’re my lighthouse! You’re somebody who holds me high, keeps me safe, you’ve got my f–kin’ back…. You also love me whole, wild, and free. You let me do me, and I’m gonna let you do you! And I’ll be the home that you return to.”

She also spoke about her upbringing, and said, ” “I was born into a family of warriors, really strong people…It doesn’t mean that it was an easy childhood and we didn’t have our sh-t, because every family does behind closed doors. But even though my parents are divorced, they get along. I have a family who every day strives to do the right thing.”

As noted Woodley returns in ‘Insurgent’ and is joined by returning costars who include Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort and others.

But in the meantime, she reveals some old Hollywood pinup girl glamour in the photo spread as she dons a black one-piece swimsuit for the cover and a sexy midriff bearing miniskirt and top in one of the inside pictures. You can see Shailene Woodley’s ELLE magazine cover and photo shoot along with more excerpts from the interview here. Watch the behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot below.

Pictures: PR Photos