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By Kathleen Perricone

Shailene Woodley stars in The Fault in Our Stars, which is out this Friday!

In the middle of a busy promotional tour, the actress called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday morning to talk about the film, which is about two teens who fall in love after meeting in a cancer support group.

“You’re definitely laughing, you’re definitely crying,” Shailene explains of the film. “It’s really beautiful even to find that balance between grieving over the loss of someone and also celebrating life. Those are two things that often go hand-in-hand without us recognizing it or realizing it. And that’s one thing that I truly love about that story.”

The Fault in Our Stars is based on the young adult novel by John Green and since its release in 2012, it has amassed a very strong and dedicated following.

“The book is crazy,” says Shailene. “It’s been on the New York Times Bestseller’s list for like I think two years straight. I read it five times. No matter who you are or what your story is where you come from, there’s something to relate to in this book ... I think it’s one of the first books that’s come out in a long time, the first movie that has come out in a long time in which … John Green, we often say he gives a valid voice to teenagers.”

For the role as a cancer patient, the actress actually cut off her long hair. In a video that circulated online, it Shailene appeared to be in tears after the chop was made.

“It’s funny, the video they released does look like I’m crying, but I was actually laughing,” she clarifies. “The funny thing about hair is it grows back, isn’t that weird?”

So was it weird to portray the love interest of Ansel Elgort, who played her brother in Divergent?

“When we were doing Divergent, A Fault in Our Stars wasn’t on his radar at all. And the one day, he was like, ‘I’m flying back back to L.A. to read with you to play Gus. And at first, I was like, ‘Well, that’s great, you’re a great actor. But they’re never going to happen. They’re never going to cast us in a movie where we’re playing lovers.’ And then he walked in to the audition room and it was very clear from the moment he walked in, he was Augustus and I was Hazel together.”

But they’re onscreen love story is short-lived … because Shailene and Ansel are going back to being brother and sister in the sequel to Divergent, Insurgent.

Catch The Fault in Our Stars in theaters this Friday!