Shailene Woodley was going through the worst time of her life during her tumultuous breakup with Aaron Rodgers last year.
“It was hard to film because I was going through the darkest, hardest time of my life,” Woodley, who was filming her “Three Women” show at the time of their split, told Net-A-Porter in a interview published Monday. .
She added: “It was winter in New York and my personal life was bad, so it felt like a big pain bubble for eight months.”
But the actress, 31, said she was able to channel her heartbreak into her role in the Showtime adaptation of Lisa Taddeo’s 2019 book, which follows a writer who travels across the country reporting on the sex lives of three women.
“I was so grateful that at least I could go to work and cry and process my emotions through my character,” she said.
Woodley added that she has changed the way she handles her mental health for the better, especially after learning the importance of living in the moment while traveling through Europe last summer.
“The way I take care of myself now looks very different than it used to,” she said.
Woodley and Rodgers, 39, revealed they got engaged in 2021 after they started dating in 2020.
But last February, rumors started circulating that they called off their engagement after nearly two years together when she was spotted without her engagement ring.
Despite the breakup, they seemed to give it another go and were spotted on several outings together, including a supermarket run and each other’s dates at a wedding last March.
In the end, the “Big Little Lies” star and the athlete couldn’t resolve their differences and Woodley decided she was “done.”
“Shailene tried to give it another shot and spent time with Aaron,” an insider told E! News in April 2022. “But she soon saw that everything was on its terms and nothing would change.”
That month, Woodley alluded to mourning their relationship when she posted a quote about grief.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers star seemed to be coming to terms with their breakup by getting his very first tattoo on his arm last July. His ink included astrological symbols, a pair of lions, an ocean view and an eye.
Rodgers and Woodley may have initially bonded over their love of astrology and even shared the same astrologer.
Unfortunately, it seems that the stars don’t align with the exes, and they’re both trying to move forward.
While Woodley has managed to keep her past relationships out of the spotlight, Rodgers has previously dated several famous women, including Jessica Szohr, Olivia Munn, Kelly Rohrbach, and Danica Patrick.