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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