Star Shailene Woodley talks with Deadline’s Pete Hammond in this video about how her film The Fault in Our Stars affects people she meets who have faced cancer or other deadly diseases. The romantic drama about teens with life-threatening conditions has unlocked emotions for many audience members that they may have suppressed for years, Woodley says.

She also discusses what helped the movie adaptation of John Green’s novel, shot for an estimated $12 million, become a breakout hit. It ultimately grossed more than $300 million worldwide for Fox, becoming one of the year’s most profitable films.

TFIOS also stars Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Laura Dern, and was directed by Josh Boone from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Producers were Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Woodley was speaking at our recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders. We’ll have more video excerpts from the day-long event coming between now and the Oscar voting period.

Did you see the movie? Did you like it? What did you think of Woodley’s performance? Let us know.