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"Descendants" star: George Clooney inspires me

Some of the best reviews for the new George Clooney movie "The Descendants" are going to Shailene Woodley.

Woodley plays the teenage daughter of Clooney's character. Clooney plays a land baron trying to reconnect with his family after his wife has a boating accident.

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Woodley, 20, shot the film when she was 18. She said the character -- and the opportunity to work with the A-list star -- were real draws. "I've never played a 17-year-old going through her angsty period who had to kind of come into her own, so that was exciting. And I was working with George Clooney, so it definitely raised the bar," Woodley said.

So what did the young actress learn from Clooney on the set?

To give, Woodley said.

"Philanthropy and generosity, gratitude," Woodley said. "He is the most generous person I've ever met in my entire life. And you don't hear of him as being philanthropic, you hear of him as being a prankster -- which he is -- but he is just so giving, and he never stops giving, and it is just so amazing. I'm so inspired by him."

For more with the actress, click on the video above.