On her way to becoming an international superstar, Shailene Woodley talks about her new film Divergent and why you’ll love it even if you haven’t read the best-selling book.

Shailene Woodley knows what it takes to be a hero but first she had to check with friend and fellow heroine Jennifer Lawrence to advice on whether she should take on such an iconic role.

“I said no to the role at first, and everybody was shocked,” Woodley told Teen Vogue. ” I asked Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Are you happy with your choice to take on ‘The Hunger Games?’ And she said she wouldn’t change it for the world. She told me, ‘There are some things – don’t make a sex tape, don’t do drugs, don’t do things in public — that you wouldn’t want other people judging you for. But this is the best decision you’ll ever make.”

And we’re glad she did. In Divergent, based on the book series by Veronica Roth, a dystopian world is divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. And therefore much action and danger ensues.

“It was pretty wild. Doing an action movie is completely different from one based in reality,” Woodley continued. “It’s much harder to act with a green screen than with another human being. There are so many special effects in this film, so it was really amazing to see how they turned out.”

In this video interview, Woodley goes into detail about her character Tris, and why everyone will relate to the movie.



—Toni-Marie Ippolito

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