Shailene Woodley is getting really real about an apparently major health scare that nearly completely derailed her career — and took her life.

The longtime actress sat down for an interview with The New  York Times this week, and in the discussion she revealed some fascinating things about the health scare she endured in her early 20s. She’s not revealing exactly what it was, calling it something “deeply personal,” but to hear her tell it, we are seriously surprised and impressed with her strength and resilience in the face of adversity!

Opening up about being “very, very sick” and really revealing details about it for the very first time in her life, the Big Little Lies star said (below):

“I haven’t spoken much about this yet publicly, and I will one day, but I was very, very sick in my early 20s. [I was] struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation, [and because of that] I said no to a lot of opportunities because I needed to get better, and those jobs ended up going peer of mine who I love. They went on to a lot of success, but there was a mix of people saying, ‘You shouldn’t have let that go!’ or ‘You shouldn’t have been sick!’”

The actress, who at the time had been filming the Divergent series at that point in her career, went on to add more about the mental health aspect of the whole situation — especially as it related to the life-threatening nature of her physical sickness.

She added:

“That [career mentality] was combined with my own internal process of, ‘Am I going to survive what I’m going through right now and ever be healthy, or even have the opportunity to work on projects I’m passionate about again because of the situation I’m in?’ I was in a place where I had no choice but to just surrender and let go of my career, and it brought out this negative voice in my mind that kept spinning for years and years afterward.”

Wow! It really goes to show you just have no idea what other people are going through — good, bad, or deathly serious, as it sounds to be in this case.

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