Wednesday 22 January 2014

HQ Scans: Justine Magazine DIVERGENT Movie Set Visit + Interview with Shailene Woodley

Check out the new DIVERGENT behind the scenes photo on the left featuring Director Neil Burger and Shailene Woodley (Tris).  

JUSTINE Magazine visited the DIVERGENT movie set during production last year, which included getting to watch scenes being filmed, a tour, and interviewing some of the stars! Read on below for the set report and interview with Shailene:

JM Report: When I found out that I would be visiting the set of DIVERGENT and catching a glimpse into mastermind author Veronica Roth's creation, I knew I was in for a treat- and I was right!! The marathon day started with a visit to the Abnegation territory (where Tris grew up with her family), which, oddly enough, was located smack dab in the middle of Chicago – talk about picture perfect! This wasn’t the only larger-than-life, spot-on interpretation of the story, though.

During the set tour (which took place in a massive warehouse), I got to board the infamous train car, peruse through the seemingly endless costumes (and chat with one of the best designers in the biz). I even got my turn to sport the headphones and watch on the monitor behind the green screen while Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller did what they do best.

I could not have imagined a more welcoming cast and crew as I watched the book I had been feverishly rereading on the plane the day before unfold in front of me. And lets not forget about the old-friend style interviews that broke up the day. Each of the talented stars had something new to bring to the table, but one recurring question was, “Have you met Shailene yet?” followed by stories about her contagious positivity and quirkiness, and even her strict organic dietary decisions. It wasn’t until I met this leading lady at the very end of the day that I truly understood what they meant as she bounced over- a glass jar of imported water in hand- and charmingly asked, “What’s goin’ on?” Here’s what she had to say….

Your character, Tris, is very determined and fearless- also known as Dauntless! Would you say you identify with her? 

Yes, I am an incredibly passionate human being who fully believes in fighting (compassionately) for causes that are dear to me and my soul. I don’t settle for mediocrity; if my intuitive heart yearns for something, I make sure that everything I do is in conjunction with helping that instinct manifest into a reality.

You’ve had quite the busy schedule recently, between DIVERGENT, The Spectacular Now, and Fault in our Stars. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

I honestly haven’t had much free time, but in the few moments I do have, I make sure I nourish my soul and body. I think it is so important to decompress, to spend some time in solitude, to calm and rejuvenate your spirit. For me, that happens when I’m cooking, when I’m exercising, when I’m in the company of my close friends, when I’m reading, when I’m exploring new territories, and when I’m grounding down and connecting to mother earth..

What do you like the most about Theo James as Four? When he was auditioning and now? 

Um, when Theo walked in he was just like a giant.. dork. Just a dork. He’s such a lovely human being. It’s really exciting to work with him, I learn a lot from him. He had an entire life outside of acting before he got interested, so it’s just really refreshing to meet somebody who’s not all wrapped up in this world- especially somebody who’s playing Four.

What was the most challenging part of filming DIVERGENT for you? 

Before DIVERGENT I had never done a ‘larger than life’ film before, so allowing a bit of “over-exaggerated” drama to my character and the story was a bit of a challenge for me.. I am definitely a naturalistic artist, meaning I respond most to grounded, truthful human emotion. DIVERGENT is incredibly organic, but there were times when I had to learn to allow some artistic license to exist. It was wonderful exploring a new technique and style of creativity.

Who is your dream co-star? 

Sooooo many people. Jessica Chastain, Melanie Laurent, Ewan McGregor, Mark Ruffalo, Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt, Ben Mendelsohn.. and of course it would be a dream to work with George Clooney, Miles Teller, and Laura Dern again.

When you’re filming on location are there any comforts from home that you bring with you? 

Absolutely!!! I never go anywhere without my Vitamix; that thing is the best investment I’ve ever made!!! I also travel with my herbs (from, a few books and a mini-version of my spiritual alter.

This article features in the DEC/JAN 2014 Issue.

Stay tuned for our FEB/MARCH issue for even more exclusive behind the scenes coverage!

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