Shailene was born in Montreal, Quebec and spent her childhood in both Montreal and Toronto. She started acting in 2012 and made her film debut a year later in Matt Johnson’s feature film, The Dirties. She has had supporting roles in several series including the Freeform fan-favorite, Shadowhunters and the Netflix Original series, Between. Shailene recently appeared in Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, as Teresa Lowe, an American volunteer doctor who was held hostage by ISIS.
Shailene has an extensive background in early childhood education. She worked in an elementary school in Quebec as an English teacher’s assistant-turned-teacher prior to being discovered by her first agent.
Shailene is an avid traveller and her friends call her Carmen, named after the 1980’s fictional character, Carmen San Diego.