Shailene Woodley mulls congressional run: 'I'm not going to rule it out'


Watch out, Kid Rock; you have new competition in the celebrities maybe-possibly-running-for-office sweepstakes.

"Divergent" star Shailene Woodley signaled her interest in running for office in an interview with the New York Times published Monday, saying she's not going to rule out the possibility.

"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,'" the actress responded, when asked if she has political ambitions. "And you know what? I'm not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I'm young."

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Shailene Woodley attends the 'Snowden' NYC Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Oliver Stone attend the 'Snowden' NYC Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto and Scott Eastwood visit at SiriusXM Studio on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0532 -- Pictured: Actress Shailene Woodley during an interview on September 13, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Shailene Woodley visits at SiriusXM Studio on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Shailene Woodley speaks onstage at 'Snowden' press conference during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Shailene Woodley attends 'Snowden' press conference during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Shailene Woodley attends the premiere of 'Snowden' at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Shailene Woodley attends the Official Pre-Party For Snowden Co-Hosted by Audi and Nespresso at Lavelle on September 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for Audi)
Shailene Woodley poses for photos at the premier for Snowden at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, September 9, 2016. / AFP / GEOFF ROBINS (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Director Oliver Stone (L) and actress Shailene Woodley attend the 'Snowden' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24: Actress Shailene Woodley speaks at a rally in support of a lawsuit against The Army Corps of Engineers to protect water and land from the Dakota Access Pipeline on August 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Shailene Woodley visits the Young Hollywood Studio on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images).
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Shailene Woodley and North Dakota Native American children participate in the Stop The Dakota Access Pipeline protest at Union Square on August 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Actress Shailene Woodley attends the 'Snowden' press line during Comic-Con International 2016 at Hilton Bayfront on July 21, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Shailene Woodley attends the premiere of HBO's 'How To Let Go Of The World And Love All The Things Climate Can't Change' at Ahrya Fine Arts Movie Theater on June 3, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images,)
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Woodley, 25, already has a reputation as an activist to match her screen credits. In October 2016, she was arrested during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Woodley, who had been charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot, reached a plea deal earlier this year, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor. In exchange, she received one year deferred imposition of sentence and one year of unsupervised probation.

It's anyone's guess whether Woodley's criminal record would affect any potential political run. Her stance on teaching masturbation in schools, however, might draw renewed attention should she seek public office.

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