Shailene Woodley

by follers on October 11, 2012

Birth Name: Shailene Diann Woodley

Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 15, 1991

*English (father)
*African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French, Spanish, German], English, Swiss (mother)

Shailene Woodley is an American actress and activist.

Shailene’s father has English ancestry. Shailene’s maternal grandfather had African-American ancestry, and Shailene’s maternal grandmother has Louisiana Creole (including African, French, Spanish, and German) ancestry on one side of her family, and English and Swiss ancestry on the other side of her family.

A picture of Shailene’s mother can be seen below.

Lori Woodley – 4th Annual Kailand Obasi Hoop-Life Basketball Tournament Fundraiser – Arrivals – USC Galen Center, 3400 S Figueroa Street – Los Angeles, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Shailene’s paternal grandfather was Virgil James Woodley (the son of James F. Woodley and Velma L. Howard). Virgil was born in Oklahoma.

Shailene’s paternal grandmother was Dovie Oralee Sims (the daughter of Omer Epsy Sims and Eva Ellen Payne). Dovie was born in Texas, and had English ancestry. Omer was the son of Denton Otto Sims and Clara Florence Allen. Eva was the daughter of Hiram Walker Payne and Verdenia Maude Ellis.

Shailene’s maternal grandfather was Stephen David Victor (the son of Harold J. Victor and Bessie M. Harrold). According to most censuses, both Harold and Bessie were Black and/or biracial (censuses list Harold and Bessie as black, and one census lists them as “Mulatto”). Harold was born in Louisiana, to Leila. Bessie was born in California, to Texas-born parents, William John Harrold and Bessie Hutchins.

Shailene’s maternal grandmother is Diane Lynn Fauria (the daughter of Vernon Louis Fauria and Marguerite Lois Davis). Vernon was a Louisiana Creole. Maguerite was caucasian. A picture of Vernon and Marguerite can be seen here.

Shailene’s great-grandfather Vernon Fauria’s parents both had black ancestry, mixed with caucasian. Vernon’s father, Joseph Mathews/Matthews Fauria, was of African, Spanish, French, and German descent. Vernon’s mother, Aline Louise Martinez, had Spanish, African, and possibly French, ancestry. A picture of Vernon with his siblings can be seen here. A picture of Vernon’s parents, Shailene’s great-great-grandparents Joseph and Aline, can be seen here. A picture of Shailene’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Mathews Fauria (top left), with his own parents, Victor Nicholas Fauria and Agnes Cora Zipple (seated), can be seen here.

Shailene’s great-grandmother Maguerite Davis’s father, Norman E. Davis, was likely of British Isles/English ancestry. Maguerite’s mother, Shailene’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Evangeline Perinjacket, was Swiss. This makes Shailene Woodley of 1/16th Swiss ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Shailene Woodley –

Genealogy of Shailene Woodley (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Shailene’s paternal grandmother, Dovie Oralee Sims (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Shailene’s maternal great-grandfather, Harold J. Victor, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Shailene’s maternal great-grandmother, Bessie M. Harrold (Bessie Herald), on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Bessie Harrold on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Shailene’s maternal grandmother, Diane Lynn Fauria –

Pictures and genealogy of Shailene’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Mathews/Matthews Fauria –

Shailene’s maternal great-grandmother, Marguerite Lois Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

first image via kathclick/

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Adamina September 10, 2016 at 10:31 am

Wow! I never thought she had African ancestry. I just thought she was full European. She is very beautiful

neiltennant January 18, 2017 at 10:02 am

I swear one day i will find out that i have also african american ancestors

Kimmel September 4, 2016 at 8:16 pm

She has a very interesting lineage. I must say its like most of her recent family line are full of nearly-men, all ‘passing’ down the years as white. I see more mixed ancestry in Shailene than her mother though.

alexgxo December 21, 2016 at 10:43 pm

Shailene shows admixture? Where? Looks Western European.

Fatmonkey August 3, 2016 at 10:01 am

I would never, to save my life, guess a girl with this look can have a black mother.

andrew August 3, 2016 at 10:59 am
Fatmonkey August 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

My fellow Serbs are predominantly white Caucasian, so I guess yeah, the “you can ever meet” part is true enough.

andrew August 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm
andrew August 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm
davidcathers April 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

I think it’s funny how everyone is talking about how “I don’t think she’s really black” or “I’d like to see how much she really is”. People can look one thing and be another.

I look white but I’m mixed. I have friends that look white, but are Hispanic and speak fluent Spanish. It’s stupid that everyone wants to know race/ethnicity. We’re human…we’re part of the human race.

Yes, people have different heritage/culture/spoken language. It’s cool to know what someone’s culture is, but skin color is stupid and it shouldn’t matter.

Greyface April 16, 2016 at 9:03 pm

worst comment on the history of this site, which is called ETHNICELEBS

biology isn’t “stupid”

and spanish is a white language by the way.

davidcathers June 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm

You literally just proved my whole comment.

alexgxo September 3, 2016 at 9:46 pm

She was a victim of the damn one drop rule as all of her relatives and ancestors as far as I see show no signs of admixture.

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 11:22 am

Lol black? I didn’t see that coming.

cwm85 November 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm

She made have little black ancestry but in no way can she be considered anything other than white. Pictures of her greatgrandparents is not clear how mixed they are… anyone who says she is anything other than white is a troll.

fuzzybear44 November 16, 2015 at 12:02 am

First off, I am not trying to start anything with. However I’m trying to understand what you’re saying. In your past comments, you have stated that your father is 12% native and that you’re 1/16(6%), and you’re very proud of that. However to a lot of people 12% would be irrelevant. You on the other hand have been very clear that you father isn’t all the way white nor is he all the way native. So I’m trying to understand how you could be so one-sided with Shailene Woodley. She is known to be part Black, with her percentages unknown to anyone. However you say if anyone who says she is anything other than white is a troll. Why the double standard?

Adamina September 10, 2016 at 10:35 am

@fuzzybear44 Couldn’t have put it better myself

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Her mother’s African ancestry must be distant or remote. There’s no way that she has a recent ancestry (say a grandparent) who is African. I think her English and Swiss ancestry are more recent.

byyong83 November 13, 2015 at 7:59 am

How wrong you are! There is every possibility it could be as recent as one of her grandparents.

People can have can have a fully Black grandparent and still look completely white, just look at…Mariah Carey.

DK1x November 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Mariah doesn’t look completely white. Faye Reagan looks completely white.

cwm85 November 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Mariah looks almost white.

ikeely396 December 30, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Wait….Faye Reagan isn’t completely white? What is she? She looks pretty white to me…Is she like white Cuban like Cameron Diaz or something…

alexgxo September 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm

All of her grandparents don’t look admired at all or very little. And Mariah’s “black” father was also mgm and not fgm as most new worlders.

abbracci October 7, 2015 at 10:36 pm

She doesn’t look Black tbh. She looks pure white.

fuzzybear44 October 8, 2015 at 12:05 am

Well whether she looks it or not, it’s part of who she is. People need to get over that.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Dude, this is a message board. We can comment however we like.

Yes, she looks pure white. Could easily pass a Celtic. Doesn’t mean we’re stripping off her black side. And again, who cares? It’s just a flippin’ comment. Sheez….

fuzzybear44 October 10, 2015 at 10:39 pm


(Dude, this is a message board. We can comment however we like)

Well that’s exactly what I’m doing, commenting how I like

(Yes, she looks pure white. Could easily pass a Celtic. Doesn’t mean we’re stripping off her black side. And again, who cares? It’s just a flippin’ comment. Sheez….)

Well first, I didn’t say he /she did anything. Also even if this is just a flippin’ comment, you seen to care a great deal, because you took the time to response to a flippin’ comment, I made to someone else. Sheez….

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 11:31 pm

Well, you bothered yourself with abbracci and now you even quoted me (yikes relax )…sheez

And who said I don’t care? Obviously I did, otherwise I wouldn’t have commented…?

AW September 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm

I honestly thought she was of Greek ancestry when I first saw her. She looks exactly like girls I know of with Greek ancestry, except she’s prettier. Interesting mix.

cwm85 September 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Greek? To me she doesn’t favor greek at all. More English looking, german and swiss…

AW September 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I think she could pass in a lot of European countries including places in NW Europe and even southern Europe.

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm

she’s likely less than 5% black

angrygirl19 October 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Clearly someone can’t do their math. If her grandfather is biracial, because clearly these docs describe him as such, she’s automatically 12.5%, then she’s got some additional black heritage from her maternal grandmother who is partially creole. Please do your math before you post your ignorant comment.

alexgxo September 3, 2016 at 9:50 pm

And clearly this person doesn’t know about the one drop rule cause some of her grandparents were “passing” sometimes. One of her grandmothers even had blonde hair which meant that both parents carried the gene thus proving her ssa ancestry is very little.

angrygirl19 March 13, 2017 at 9:28 am

Youre an idiot. If they were black, they were black.since it was on the RECORDS as Black/ african, then CLEARLY they werent able to “pass”. Shut tf up

fuzzybear44 March 14, 2017 at 12:16 am


Quote( One of her grandmothers even had blonde hair which meant that both parents carried the gene thus proving her ssa ancestry is very little.)

That doesn’t prove the SSA was little, this girl (Chanel van Waeyenberge ) :
loved showing a family picture of her with her grandfather who was from the Congo(very black man), yet she has blond hair

sparkles180 August 8, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I thought she was Jewish.

cwm85 August 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm

She has no Jewish ancestry.

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 11:21 am

Keyword: thought

She never stated it as a fact.

Bow Down Bitches August 2, 2015 at 4:52 am

I bet she doesn’t even acknowledge her black ancestry, and I highly doubt she considers herself a woman of color.

cwm85 August 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Ummm.. why should she? She is Caucasian. LOL Silly.

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