Shailene Woodley is now a feminist.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Although the 'Big Little Lies' actress has previously stated that she does not identify as a feminist, she has had a change of heart and believes the world needs a "matriarchy".

She told The New York Times: "I would today consider myself a feminist. If females start working through the false narrative of jealousy and insecurity fed through a patriarchal society, then not only will we have more women feeling confident in themselves and supportive of one another, but we will start introducing a type of matriarchy, which is what this world needs. We need more softness and more silence and more pause through the chaos."

Speaking previously about feminism, Shailene, 25, previously insisted she wanted "balance".

Asked if she considered herself a feminist, she said: "No because I love men, and I think the idea of 'raise women to power, take the men away from the power' is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I'm very in touch with my masculine side. And I'm 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also, I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn't work either. We have to have a fine balance.

"My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I don't know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don't even seem to respect each other. There's so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy. And 'This girl did this to me and that girl did that to me.' And it's just so silly and heartbreaking in a way."

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