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Shailene Woodley: “Shooting for 14 Hours in a Boat”

In the survival trip “Adrift”, Shailene Woodley sails through a terrible storm to save herself and her boyfriend Sam Claflin. The film is based on a true story.

Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) sets off from Tahiti with her friend Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) to tour the Pacific Ocean by boat. But the two lovers’ shared trip takes on nightmare dimensions when they encounter a massive hurricane. Woodley and Claflin rehearsed in the Fiji Islands for two weeks prior to shooting, which proved very helpful: “We liked each other right away”, recalls the “Fault in Our Stars” star Shailene Woodley. “We knew at once that we could rely on each other. We just clicked. Sam’s the best. He is without a doubt the hardest-working, most generous, most passionate, most friendly, affectionate, enthusiastic and beautiful person I have ever worked with. The circumstances were anything but easy. We were shooting for 14 hours in a boat in open waters. He never once complained. He never got tired. He is not only incredibly professional, but also creative and funny”. Halfway through filming, the real Tami visited the set: “It was great to finally meet her personally”,enthuses Woodley. “At the same time, I was very aware of what an emotional moment it must have been for her. She is a serious, strong woman who has been very supportive of the film. I hoped it helped to heal the old wounds a little bit”.