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10:14 pm - 01/20/2013

Shailene Woodley Talks DIVERGENT

‘Divergent’ star Shailene Woodley talks about playing Tris for the first time



For the first time, Shailene Woodley is talking about why she joined the Divergent movie, and her answer is very interesting.

In an interview with MTV while at Sundance in Park City, Utah today, Woodley reveals she was initially uninterested in joining a big franchise. “I didn’t [read the book prior to auditioning]. I read the book – I thought it was really… my whole thing, to be honest, was that I never wanted to do big films. Especially one that was similar to Hunger Games or Twilight. Something with a huge fan base that would carry on for multiple years.”

So why did she want to join it if she was so resistant to what Lionsgate is specifically telling investors will be the next Hunger Games or Twilight? “After reading the book I was really profoundly moved. [The book is] very metaphorical for things that are going on today. Specifically things that I’m passionate about, and things I want to make public, and things I want to educate people on. So I think it’s a really great platform.”

When asked what in the book happens in real life today, Woodley explained, “In Divergent people are injected with this serum and then controlled by it. And I think it’s really funny that right now we’re beginning to chip our dogs and chip our babies. That’s just a small example, I could go on for hours. There’s also mind control that gets dealt with in Divergent – that’s going on today, nobody knows about that.”

Outrageously, Woodley’s interview clip ends on such an ominous warning about mind control. Consider us teased and left hanging. There are many mind control examples she could be talking about. One specific guess would be modern day torture.

Watch the interview below. As alluded to above, Lionsgate is banking on Divergent becoming their next big book-to-film franchise. While Woodley is all set to play Tris, the role of Four has not yet been cast. Lionsgate is actively testing beautiful gentlemen for the role. Divergent will open in theaters March 21, 2014.



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I don't think she read this book...
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squirrels_oh_no 21st-Jan-2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Like seriously, I don't think she read the book because the book was 500 pages of kids doing stupid shit, violence being glorified, and the world building craptastic and nobody questioning anything.
crystalzelda 21st-Jan-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
Went to the bookstore and sat with my friend, reading Shadow and Bone and Divergent. They were both so bad, and the leads were just so unlikable and nonsensical and ugh. It's so frustrating to finally have female characters in leads in fantasy books and the like, but then they turn out to be so lousy. Can't ever win.
killerqueen 21st-Jan-2013 03:23 am (UTC)
Pretty much.
finchroxxx 21st-Jan-2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Well she isn't going to say all that now is she?
squirrels_oh_no 21st-Jan-2013 03:29 am (UTC)
She should have stuck to mentioning the plight of the homeless, division in society, the rise of the upper class, etc.
sereniti_ii 21st-Jan-2013 09:47 am (UTC)
She seems a bit preoccupied with conspiracy theories. That sentence about mind control made me side-eye.
Aside from that, though, we all know she's in it for the money.
ritzyroxie 21st-Jan-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Was she named after the trailer park where she was born?
questanotte 21st-Jan-2013 09:36 am (UTC)
what!?
thedorkygirl 21st-Jan-2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
That isn't classist at all.
ritzyroxie 21st-Jan-2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Classist? lmfaoo

You must've just learned that word, honey, because you're not using it correctly.
crystalzelda 21st-Jan-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Tris was insufferable. Why are all these books with female characters (yay!) are so absolutely unpalatable (boo)? They're all so obnoxious.

Edited at 2013-01-21 03:19 am (UTC)
finchroxxx 21st-Jan-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
LBR, no deeper thought has gone into any of the characters in lots of YA. The male leads all have the same personality, the female leads have none so that the reader can put themselves in the book.
crystalzelda 21st-Jan-2013 03:33 am (UTC)
yup, pretty much.
crystalzelda 21st-Jan-2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Saddest part is that most of these books are written by women, and their female characters are absolutely horrid - like, you're a woman, and you couldn't come up with anything better?? y ikeeeesssss
saintssin 21st-Jan-2013 03:37 am (UTC)
what didn't you like about her? I haven't actually read the book yet. Just curious.
foreignhorsie Just finished reading28th-Jan-2013 04:16 am (UTC)
I just read this book on Kindle that featured a female in one of two main roles and I thought she was well written. And there are even more females in the ensemble cast.

It's a quick read, and I actually liked the characters, which can be rare in YA. It's called Raif and Rose The Death Letter.

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Letter-Raif-Rose-ebook/dp/B00B4IZ7OG/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1359346303&sr=8-10&keywords=the+death+letter

holyfrijoles_2 21st-Jan-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Ummmm, is she okay? Like, I thought when I watched the interview it would be kind of sarcastic but it seems she's really serious about the mind control thing.
squirrels_oh_no 21st-Jan-2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Kinda like how my creepy neighbor told me that there were drones patrolling our houses on Election Day preventing "God fearing citizens" from privately voting.
holyfrijoles_2 21st-Jan-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Lol omg. She is so lucky she's a cute young girl bc I could totally imagine a crazy person on the train yelling this no problem.
butt_or_skotch 21st-Jan-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
right now we’re beginning to chip our dogs and chip our babies

What?
shining_starsxx 21st-Jan-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Maybe she reads too much Vigilant Citizen?
skay210 21st-Jan-2013 03:52 am (UTC)
LOL IA. I don't have anything against her acting but I've always thought she was a bit...off her rocker.
heymela 21st-Jan-2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
she's very earthy and granola ... and apparently a bit of a conspiracy theory nut know haha. harmless but definitely a bit weird.
pineandapple 21st-Jan-2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
ONTD's going to have a field day with her when this movie premieres and she needs to speak at interviews.
butt_or_skotch 21st-Jan-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
She wants a check, can't fault her for that! It honestly can't be any worse than Secret Life, so she might as well do it.
jessickah 21st-Jan-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
OH goddddddddddd. This book is so bad. :(
yurasama_love 21st-Jan-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Who looked at this child and thought "YES! This is Mary Jane Watson!"
I'm sorry, I have Spider-man feels.
shining_starsxx 21st-Jan-2013 03:25 am (UTC)
I agree.Nothing MJ like about her.
d00ditsemily 21st-Jan-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
She's playing MJ?

Wat... she's talking about not doing ~big movies but then is going to do Spider-man and Divergent. lol
cherisheddreams 21st-Jan-2013 04:22 am (UTC)
$$$$
chantonii 21st-Jan-2013 04:47 am (UTC)
LOL IKR? Sounds a bit like KStew before she signed on to SWATH.
sky365 21st-Jan-2013 03:33 am (UTC)
i don't get it. especially since nearly everyone in tasm was well cast :(
maryjanewatson 21st-Jan-2013 03:39 am (UTC)
she'll do a great job.
humoresques 21st-Jan-2013 04:29 am (UTC)
I simply have no idea. Kirsten was a better choice!
blue_birds 21st-Jan-2013 04:50 am (UTC)
lmao right? Out of all the choices to go with...
ohwutevernvm 21st-Jan-2013 05:43 am (UTC)
mhm i agree. i mean, like
sereniti_ii 21st-Jan-2013 09:53 am (UTC)
mte mte.
I usually back the fuck out of TASM news now because I can't resist bitching about it.
I can only hope that I am terribly wrong and she surprises us all.
darkdarling 21st-Jan-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
I didn't watch the video, but if she did talk about it like the text, it sounds like scripted answers.
almondcroissant 21st-Jan-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
and things I want to educate people on.

lol irl
actxappalledx 21st-Jan-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
There’s also mind control that gets dealt with in Divergent – that’s going on today, nobody knows about that.


lol
illustratedd 21st-Jan-2013 03:23 am (UTC)
i really dislike her and idk why. her face annoys me
iamalreadyinuse 21st-Jan-2013 05:44 am (UTC)
It's cuz she looks like she always has a cold.
sandstorm 21st-Jan-2013 03:23 am (UTC)
And I think it’s really funny that right now we’re beginning to chip our dogs and chip our babies.

Who is chipping their infants.
d00ditsemily 21st-Jan-2013 03:29 am (UTC)
idek... the only thing i can think of is microchip wrist bands so no one takes them off the ward after they are born

or she could just be talking about ~obamacare microchipping us all!!!
actxappalledx 21st-Jan-2013 03:29 am (UTC)
lmao
butt_or_skotch 21st-Jan-2013 03:32 am (UTC)
Frito-Lay
jessepinkman 21st-Jan-2013 05:53 am (UTC)
Lawllllll

and omg your username ahha
holyfrijoles_2 21st-Jan-2013 04:31 am (UTC)
For real tho where did she get this info.
realizes 21st-Jan-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
I've been waiting for an article about how 9/11 truthers reacted to Zero Dark Thirty, and this looks like as close as I am going to get to that
summerswings 21st-Jan-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
oh yeah, where are they all? or do they choose to ignore the fact that it exists, like they ignore some other facts.
eclecticmuse 21st-Jan-2013 05:56 am (UTC)
So apparently believing Sandy Hook was a hoax is a thing too and I am just like....wat.
divinelight 21st-Jan-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
omg i just can't with that bs. someone on facebook posted a video about it being a hoax and said she believed it. i only got a third of the way into the video (was too disgusted with these conspiracy theorists to continue) but ALL of the "evidence" was easily explained away or circumstantial.
broadwaybabe11 26th-Jan-2013 05:32 am (UTC)
My bf believes it and is all over "gun rights" too.


I am seriously questioning our relationship right now.
starlysh 21st-Jan-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Sounds like some paranoia shit. Chipping our babies? Okay.
I'll probably see these movies. I liked the first book, but the second book sucked except for like the last page.
hypnology 21st-Jan-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Is the book any good?
soavantgarde 21st-Jan-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
no
shining_starsxx 21st-Jan-2013 03:25 am (UTC)
No.
flawlessglitch 21st-Jan-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Absolutely not.
summerswings 21st-Jan-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
My friend who loves Glee loved it. . .
tornumbrella 21st-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
lol
hisjulliet 21st-Jan-2013 07:34 am (UTC)
lol
chantonii 21st-Jan-2013 04:50 am (UTC)
They had the first 2 or 3 chapters available on the writer's website when it was released. I had no interest in reading further and I'm usually a "once I start, I have to finish, no matter what" reader.
ragged_edges 21st-Jan-2013 04:52 am (UTC)
It's not awful. A quick, mindless read.
la_nostalgia 21st-Jan-2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
I liked it.
kwikimart 21st-Jan-2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Don't even look at it if you see it in a bookstore
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