Actress Shailene Woodley has opened up about the emotional toll that her arrest at the Standing Rock protests had on her. She says she was strip-searched and felt like a caged animal.
“The Fault in Our Stars” star was arrested in October 2016 while participating in a protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. She streamed her arrest on Facebook Live as she was spotted by police officers.
“I was strip-searched. Like get naked, turn over, spread your butt cheeks, bend over. They were looking for drugs in my a**,” Woodley told Marie Clair UK, reports people.com.
“When you’re in a jail cell and they shut that door, you realise no one can save you. If there’s a fire and they decide not to open the door, you’ll die. You are a caged animal,” she added.
Woodley turned off her phone for three months this year due to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms she and her friends had after the Standing Rock protests.
She said: “There was so much trauma. Mine was like, ‘What do I do now?’ Kind of like a little bit of depression.”
The star is now focusing on her work. The actress has been busy filming “Adrift” with Sam Claflin.