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Actress Shailene Woodley Might Run For Congress (Photos)

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Actress Shailene Woodley might become a politician.

The star of the HBO series "Big Little Lies" is considering a run for Congress, she revealed in an interview with The New York Times.

"There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, 'Huh, maybe I'll run for Congress in a couple years,'" she said. "And you know what? I'm not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I'm young."

Woodley has been involved in environmental activism, and was arrested 2016 while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, notes CNN.

In an essay about her arrest, she wrote: "Whatever your cause is. Whatever your passion is. Whatever you care about most … none of your efforts or hard-earned opinions will matter when the planet and the people you're fighting for have nothing left to show for it."

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The arrest occurred during the so-called "Standoff at Standing Rock" on Indigenous Peoples Day, Oct. 10, 2016, observes Democracy Now!. She and 27 others were arrested while attempting to blockade the Dakota Access pipeline construction at two separate work sites.

Footage of Woodley's arrest was streamed live to approximately 40,000 viewers on her Facebook page.

"Right now you're being placed under arrest for criminal trespassing, all right?" said the police officer when he handcuffed Woodley, as seen on the video.

She responded: "It's because I have 40,000 people watching. So everybody knows we were going to our vehicle, which they had all surrounded and [were] waiting for me with giant guns and the giant truck behind them, just so they could arrest me, so they knew this would happen. I hope you're watching, mainstream media."

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Describing being handcuffed, she said: "And they grabbed me by my jacket and they said that I wasn't allowed to continue and they have giant guns and batons and zip ties," as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Woodley elaborated in an interview with Democracy Now!:

I was charged with criminally trespassing and with engaging in a riot. They didn't say why. I made -- I made a comment saying, 'Is it because I'm Shailene Woodley, people maybe know who I am?' I was -- like you mentioned, I was Facebook Live streaming while I was getting arrested, but also, before that, I had been live-streaming for two-plus hours and had over 40,000 people at that time, of my time of arrest, watching. But even prior to that, we -- waxing and waning in and out of 30,000 to 50,000 people, give or take. So, it was creating a lot of momentum outside of Standing Rock.

Woodley says her dedication to protest with indigenous people who are at the forefront of the fight remains strong: "Every time we allow another pipeline … we are endorsing the fossil fuel industry and only prolonging the time it is going to take to switch to renewable energy."

Sources: CNN via WITI, The New York Times, Democracy Now!, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO via The New York Times, Facebook via Daily Mail

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