"Shailene's like, 'Hey, wow!' Big open smile," says Dern. " 'God, great, I looked at your menu. It's so awesome. Hey, what kind of oil do you guys cook in? Oh, you do? Hmm, you never use beef fat from sustainable farms where it's grass-fed? Oh wow, you guys are open to that? Cool. Can we have a tour of your kitchen?' "
The next thing Dern remembers is touring a meat locker in the restaurant's basement, discussing how to cut the cattle in the most honorable way and how to use every part of the animal. "People might think they're saving the planet, taking half steps," says Dern. "Shailene is taking it to such a different level."
Dern says the two actresses have become so close that she considers Woodley a member of her family. "There are times when I have called my house when out of town and found out that Shailene's over here making dinner with my children," she says.