Shailene Woodley Explains Why She's Homeless

Actress also reveals why she recent got a cell phone on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

By Zach Johnson May 16, 2014 11:34 AMTags

Shailene Woodley is homeless by choice.

The actress explained why she gave up her house during a Thursday appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! "I think you're a very interesting person," said Jimmy Kimmel, who was amazed that she can fit all her possessions into just one suitcase. "Almost everything," Woodley corrected him. "I have some kitchen items that my grandma is using. But other than that, yeah, everything that I own and use is in a carry-on suitcase. I figure if I only own a few things and it gets lost, then I would get nothing."

"That takes an unbelievable amount of self-control," Kimmel marveled.

Downsizing was surprisingly easy. "I was only home for 15 days last year and I got home and I was like, 'I don't want to be alone. I want to be with my friends and family,'" said Woodley, who next appears in The Fault in Our Stars. "So, I got rid of everything just so I could have one suitcase that would be easy to transport between houses and just kind of couch surf for a few months. But it's so refreshing and it takes so much stress away when you're like, 'Ugh, I only have one pair of jeans to wash.' It's so nice."

Woodley said she "used to" have a home in L.A. but she decided to give it to her grandma. Where does she live now? "Literally on friends' couches," the Divergent star said. "I was only here in L.A. for two months, so when you're home you kind of want to soak up faces and places...And then I leave again."

The 22-year-old actress has a laptop, but she doesn't have an iPad. And until recently, she didn't have a mobile device. "I do have a phone right now because we've been doing so much press and they were like, 'Shai, we need to be able to get ahold of you, so here's a temporary phone and we've taped the number to the back of it so you won't forget it,'" she admitted, laughing. "It's kind of hilarious."