Actress Shailene Woodley says she has a plan to escape her troubled past and start a new life.
Woodley, 34, spoke to The Associated Press about her recovery from her addiction to prescription opioids.
She was a victim of drug trafficking in her teens, she says, and her addiction is rooted in a failed relationship with her mother.
Woodley was 14 when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles, where her father ran a drug distribution business.
She says she and a younger brother were taken into the house of an older brother who was a drug dealer.
She says she spent three years in rehab and was able to leave that relationship but it wasn’t until she was 19 when she was raped by a male friend that she was able start talking about her past.
“I started crying, I was just like, I’m so sorry.
I know this is horrible, but I’m sorry.
And he just took me and raped me and he just killed me,” she said.
Wood of course wasn’t the only young woman in Los Angeles to experience sexual assault.
In 2015, a 19-year-old woman said she was gang-raped by a group of five men at a party in Los Feliz.
Wood’s mother was a prostitute who was charged with trafficking and money laundering.
She is now serving a five-year prison sentence.
Wood also said she doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as someone who is a victim, but a survivor.
“There are people out there that were abused by someone who wasn’t their mother.
And there are people who were abused because of the way they were raised,” she told the AP.”
My mom would always say, I just want to wake up every day and go to work and be productive, but that’s not who I am.”
Wood also told the Associated Press she is looking for a mentor who is not tied to a label and that she’s not trying to be famous.
“It’s all about being yourself, it’s all being who you are, what you love,” she added.