Shailene Woodley is having an interesting summer. In June, she spent several weeks shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, only to have her character unceremoniously removed from the film. Things picked up earlier this month when she received rave reviews for her performance in Sundance award-winner The Spectacular Now. It now seems that Woodley is ending her summer with a bang. This weekend, she plans to shave her head for her performance as a cancer patient in the movie adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. “I will be cutting my hair off this coming weekend in order to help morph my physical body into that of the incredible Hazel Grace Lancaster—and I couldn’t be more amped,” she wrote on her Tumblr blog.
As an added bonus, Woodley is donating her hair to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that offers hair replacement to children with illness-related hair loss. She’s also trying to raise awareness and encourage fans to donate their own hair—eight inches of it anyway—to CWHL.
Knowing how much people value their locks, Woodley goes into great detail about her own feelings on the subject, explaining that she once saw her hair as a “symbol of strength,” but is now happy to part with it. “I think there is something so exceptionally admirable about one’s commitment to allowing their face to shine without hair blocking it,” she explains. “There was a time when growing my hair out symbolized something for me, but the power of sharing that choice, sharing the ability to have long hair with someone feels far more powerful right now. I know what it feels like to have wind blow through my wavy locks, and I am over-the-top grateful I get to share that gift with another.”