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Shailene Woodley Compares Hunger Games' Katniss To Divergent's Tris!

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And the Hunger Games of young adult film adaptations begin…

Shailene Woodley is the latest to join the teen sci-fi movie ranks. Starring as Tris in the upcoming flick, Divergent, the actress gave some insight in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview regarding her hesitation in taking the role and the differentiation between this film and Jennifer Lawrence’s epic trilogy.

On almost turning down the role, Shailene said:

“My agents were like, ‘Are you f***ing crazy?’ But I said if this movie is successful, things will change and I don’t want that.”

The actress was soon convinced with the help of her mother, and focused on the differences between her new character and the famous, arrow-shooting Katniss. She said:

“What I like about Tris is that she isn’t perfect. She’s not a super-hero — she’s not Katniss. She doesn’t know how to shoot a bow and arrow, she’s not a badass by nature. And I really responded to her and Four’s relationship. It’s authentic and human and genuine.”

Shailene also noted that she likes to stay away from the fandom:

“I don’t read any of that stuff. I actually forget there’s a fan base. But then I’ll talk to a publicist who’ll say, ‘If this turns out to be a Twilight or a Hunger Games, this or that may happen.’… But you can’t think like that.”

As for getting to co-star with her Divergent love interest, Theo James, she explained:

“We’re not into the industry and have separate lives outside of it. That’s refreshing. I don’t know what I would do if Four was played by someone who cared what he looked like or spent more time in front of the mirror than I do.”


There you have it, Perezcious readers! Though, we’re still on the fence about which heroine will come out on top.

Who will win?! Katniss v. Tris.

[Image via Lionsgate.]

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15 comments to “Shailene Woodley Compares Hunger Games' Katniss To Divergent's Tris!”

  1. lauran says – reply to this


    well, she sounds like a prat. Why take digs at the hunger games, when it's good and divergent and the hunger games are in the same genre and will attract the same fan base. Difference is, in my humble opinion, the hunger games is actually better…the book anyway, too many holes in divergent.

  2. Boo hoo says – reply to this


    Re: lauran – what is a prat?…do u mean BRAT?!..she's just a self centred bitch who's pissed coz she's been cut from the spider man movies!

  3. anon says – reply to this


    I don't like Shailene. This just proves that what Jennifer Lawrence has, doesn't come naturally.

  4. 4

    Re: Boo hoo – Prat is a word, it means like she sounds like an ass.

  5. dddff says – reply to this


    Re: Boo hoo – She did not 'take digs' at Junger Games, she compared some differences between the lead characters. By every thing that I have ever read about Shailene is that she is a nice and considerate girl. Even so these actors are asked questions ever day and most quoted often. Not sure why you would call her a 'prat', I am not even sure what that means. But she is just answering questions in an interview. If 'prat' means brat she actually comes off as anything but a brat as in this article she says she did not even want to take the role as she did not want her life to change to much if this series is to much of a hit.

  6. 6

    She almost turned down the role?… bitch please! Like she wasn't fighting against other 100 girls for this role, all praying this gives them the notoriety and career opportunities Jennifer Lawrence has. I hate this young actors pretending all they want is continue getting offered second hand roles and indies when all they do is chase after the next teen blockbuster so they can act like it was pushed on them when off course, they never really wanted it. By the way.. it's been WIDELY reported she auditioned for Katniss, so all the Hunger Games bashing makes her sound petty and butt hurt.

  7. lauran says – reply to this


    Re: Boo hoo – no I mean prat, but brat works too.

  8. lauran says – reply to this


    Re: dddff – simmer doon, I'm not saying brat, prat just means she's coming off as abit of a dick if you will. she sounds ungrateful, and I gather she is asked questions when having an interview thanks very much. I understand they have likely asked her to compare them, but she'd be best saying that they are both good in their own right within the similar genre. Hunger games is not a weaker divergent, which she hinted at.

  9. Ivana says – reply to this


    Her comments are simply stupid. Katniss is perfect? Since when? I bet she didn't even read the books. Katniss is a superhero? Does she know what a superhero is? A superhero is someone who has superpowers. Katniss is just a teenage girl who grew up in a harsh environment and who has had to fight to survive, who learned to hunt from her father and has had to go hunting and use a bow and arrow in order to feed her family. That's all she was trying to do in the first book/movie, survive, protect her family and protect the people she had come to care about. She doesn't don a cap and go out at night to save strangers. Shooting a bow isn't a superpower. By that logic, every cop and soldier is a superhero if they can shoot a gun well. And the Olympic shooters? Total superheroes.

    Talking down another franchise/character to make your own look better is something I see done often, but it's still a bad idea. But if you're doing it, at least say something that makes sense.

  10. DOLLARSTAR says – reply to this






  11. Ndream9679 says – reply to this


    Wow, there are some Hunger Games fans getting a little too offended here.

    She didn't put down The Hunger Games, Katniss, or Jennifer Lawrence. She's not ungrateful or a brat or a prat or a dick or a bitch or whatever else, just because she was weary of joining this type of project (rabid fans are scary, personally I don't blame her for being weary). She's not any of those above things just because she doesn't want to pay attention to the fandom (again, scary fans are SCARY).

    And really, saying someone is a superhero really doesn't have to be said ONLY if someone has super powers. C'mon. Don't be so literal. Katniss is written to come off a lot more perfect than Tris is, and she's put on a high pedestal by a lot of people in her life (Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, all of society turning to her as a symbol of hope). She might not see it, but the reader/audience does. That seems a lot like a super hero to me.

  12. Jules says – reply to this


    Nope, it was definetly a dopey thing to say in an interview. Woodley is not only inarticulate, she's BLAND as hell. Woodley doesn't have the charisma needed to anchor a franchise….doesn't have a screen presence, ie., BLAND. I must say, after this interview, I'm not inspired to see the film. No wonder the producers for Spiderman gave her the boot.

  13. Lauren says – reply to this


    Tris, FOR SURE. Although I think Shailene got Tris' character wrong. Not a badass by nature? Okay, the initial decision to leave took balls but Tris was a REALLY strong female in the Divergent books. Bool reviewers evem complained she was too heartless. I dont know, Im scared to see how she does as Tris. She may look the part, but shes TERRIBLE in Secret Life. I hope shes not a Kristen Stewart type that ruined Twilight for me so many years ago. Ugh.

  14. Angie says – reply to this


    Shailene doesn't know how to talk. She literally sucks. I mean when is Katniss Everdeen a superhero? So what if Katniss written out to be more perfect to be than tris is. She ain't got the Katniss role and she's like blabbing around that tris is better. Such a sore loser. Catching fire is way better than divergent. Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar. Tons of people can be Tris. Katniss Evrdeen pwns Tris. Actually, more like Jennifer Lawrence Dominated Shailene.

  15. Lina says – reply to this


    Re: Ani555 – This is EXACTLY what I was thinking. What a disappointment!

    ps. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing! <3