How Shailene Woodley's Facebook Live Videos Helped Halt a Billion-Dollar Pipeline Project

The 'Snowden' actress is not being paid by Facebook for streaming videos on her fight against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Shailene Woodley's Facebook Live streams also feature Susan Sarandon.

While reportedly such celebrity influencers as Kevin Hart and Gordon Ramsay are pocketing green for using the Facebook Live video feature (the social media company is shelling out $50 million to celebrities and media companies), Shailene Woodley isn't one of them.

A Facebook source confirms that the actress has not been paid for hosting more than a dozen streams with her 1 million-plus fans, focusing on her fight against the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil project that would run through North Dakota and South Dakota and possibly contaminate groundwater.

Woodley's cross-country streams from July through August have been successful: On Sept. 9, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the Army announced that construction would "not go forward at this time." The Snowden star applauded the news — but not on Facebook. "Can't. stop. crying. today. is. a. day. to. bow. to. the. stars," she wrote on Twitter.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.