Divergent co-stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James may be two of Hollywood’s hottest upcoming actors, but the in a sit down for the March issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now, the duo prove to be easygoing, down-to-earth, and — much like their characters in the film, out March 21 — fearless.
In fact, Woodley was so intrepid she let on-set hairstylist Sebastien Richard cut her long locks into a sleek crop cut inspired by Linda Evangelista circa 1989. The shorter, low-maintenance style seems to suit her perfectly. “When I walk into a room with the least amount of makeup on I feel the most confident,” she says. “When I walk into a party wearing nice-looking comfortable jeans and a comfortable nice-looking shirt and comfortable shoes, and everyone else is in cocktail dresses and heels, I fee empowered because I’m fully dancing to the beat of my own drum, and that feels good.”
What else feels good? Playing the character of Tris. “She is an incredibly strong human being who isn’t bad ass by nature, like a Katniss Everdeen,” she says. James, meanwhile, describes his character Four as “a mysterious figure who is very closed and very reluctant to trust, but he falls in love with Tris and becomes very protective of her because they have these soul mate qualities.”
In reality, what do the on-screen lovebirds think of each other? Keep reading for the rest of our exclusive interview with Woodley and James, and for more, pick up the March issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now.
Shailene Woodley: I had a lot of fun working with Theo. Having him by my side felt really reassuring and comfortable. I feel protected by him in a really great way.
Theo James: Shai has a strong sense of self and a strong sense of how she wants to handle herself as an actress and as a person who is really unique and really strong. She can keep two feet on the ground but still be able to achieve everything she wants to achieve. She’s a much better person than me, basically.
SW: I can be around Theo and laugh all day. If he messes up a scene, instead of asking to do another take, he’ll say something hilarious and start telling a joke.
TJ: Yeah, I’m definitely a joker. It’s important to find the fun in these kind of films or it can become a bit heavy. So there were a lot of pranks and water bottles on set.
SW: Theo, what do you find the most intimidating about the success that you’ve recently found?
TJ: While I find my job as an actor challenging, I also think that there’s fun in that challenge. So for me, what I find to be the most intimidating is having to go to so many parties and events and try to be a charming, larger-than-life character. Inherently, I’m not a huge extrovert, so I actually find interviews and all the glamour to be a bit challenging sometimes. Shai, since you asked me a proper question, I guess I have to ask you one, too, instead of a joke. If you weren’t an actress, what would you be?
SW: Well, I love the environment and cultivating a life where there is a respect between myself and the nature around me. It’s an entire lifestyle now—from collecting my own spring water to knowing what plants around me are healing and what plants I can use for food sources to even using plants as makeup. I’ve worn beets and berries on my lips before as a lip stain. I also love to cook—I can make a really bad-ass lasagna.
TJ: And I was going to say that Shai would probably be a pixie in the forest.
Shailene Woodley was just announced as CinemaCon’s Female Star of Tomorrow!
The 21-year-old actress will be honored during the annual convention in late March at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
“With an award winning and awe inspiring performance opposite George Clooney in ‘The Descendants,’ already under her belt Shailene Woodley has already proven that she is a rising star to watch in Hollywood,” Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon said in a statement. “With upcoming starring roles in 20th Century Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars, as well as Summit Entertainment’s Divergent series Woodley will be one young star to be reckoned with and we could not be more pleased to honor her with the ‘CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award.’”
The “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony will take place on Thursday evening, March 27th, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
-Source: Just Jared Jr.
Shailene Woodley is hosting an early screening of her new movie Divergent to benefit the charity she helped found, All It Takes, and she is inviting fans to join in on the fun!
Tickets for the screening in the Los Angeles area are now on sale via AllItTakes.org to join Shai, Theo James, and other cast members to be announced at the event.
Auctions will start next week on CharityBuzz.com to attend the red carpet premiere of Divergent on March 18.
All It Takes is a non-profit orgnization that empowers individual action creating a movement for a sustainable positive change both locally and globally. By focusing on youth leadership and individual action we provide tools, opportunties and education launching momentum for change.
-Source: Just Jared
The Divergent sequel Insurgent will begin filming in Chicago this May, according to the production company.
Red Wagon Entertainment made note of the planned start date when announcing a new VP of film and TV earlier this week.
The news aligns with recent reports that Summit was aiming to begin filming in the spring to meet the March 20, 2015 release date they’ve already set for Insurgent.
The start of production may be a bit tricky for stars Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Ansel Elgort (Caleb) who will have to promote their roles in The Fault in Our Stars around that same time, because the book to film adaptation of John Green’s young adult novel hits theaters June 6, 2014.
Insurgent already has a screenwriter working on the script, but it does not have a director. Neil Burger decided to not return for film two because he’s too busy finishing up Divergent.
Summit has also set a release date for the third (and final) film Allegiant: March 18, 2016. The source material hit store shelves in 2013.
Meanwhile, the first film in the Divergent trilogy starring Woodley, Theo James (Four), and Kate Winslet (Jeanine Matthews) is set for release this March 21. The final trailer was released earlier this week.
The dystopian series is based on the books of the same names by author Veronica Roth. All three books have consistently floated atop best-selling books lists in recent months, indicating that there’s a lot of anticipation for the movie adaptations thanks to good word of mouth and a hunger for another big franchise.
Shailene Woodley and Divergent co-star, Theo James went to Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday! You can watch the interview below:
A new teaser trailer from Divergent has released today! You can watch it below!
Twenty-two-year-old actress Shailene Woodley is self-aware enough to know that she’s young. The idealistic young actress had plans to study interior design, but has since drastically shifted career paths. She’s starred in such films as The Descendants, The Spectacular Now, and the upcoming Divergent. In her new movie, White Bird in a Blizzard, Woodley plays a 16-year-old girl whose mother suddenly goes missing in 1988. We talked to Woodley after White Bird’s Sundance premiere about working with Mysterious Skin director Gregg Araki, acting in a period piece/ghost story, and sitting next to her father while baring her breasts onscreen.
ESQUIRE.COM: White Bird in a Blizzard has lots of specific ’80s references. Depeche Mode posters, that ostentatiously placed Joy Division bumper sticker. Do those mementos resonate with you at all? It’s almost as if you were inhabiting someone else’s adolescence.
SHAILENE WOODLEY: I was born in ’91, so I did not know that world at all. But the great thing about acting is we get to be great pretenders. We got to pretend to exist in a world that I would honestly love to exist in. That whole late ’80s — even early ’80s — scene is so fascinating to me, especially the grunge aspect of it, the punk and goth scenes. And Gregg knows that world so well. He was very helpful in educating me about certain trends I didn’t know. I knew most of the bands, but different styles of attire… It was different back then. They didn’t have the same technology, so you never see Kat sitting there watching TV.
ESQ: Were there any bands that Araki insisted that you know that you didn’t already?
SW: Before we started, he sent us videos of goth dance clubs as well as multiple CDs of music he wanted in the film. You know exactly what he wants when you get there because he has such a strong, unique sensibility and tone. So there wasn’t a lot of guessing. If I had a question, he was right there with all the answers. He’s an incredible director.
ESQ: In interviews you say — and this is fairly atypical for an actor — that you have a pretty healthy relationship with your mother.
SW: [Laughs] I do, so healthy. Oh my God. She’s here somewhere…