Wednesday, 2 April 2014
"She Definitely Understands What a F***ing Weirdo I Am" Theo James Talks FOUR, Shailene Woodley & More
From DAZED DIGITAL: "Well she was walking down the street and – er, nah, I’m kidding," jokes Theo James about how he first met Divergent heroine (and herbalist) Shailene Woodley. James is one of those zero-to-hero "hot young Hollywood up-and-comers" with his mug plastered over bus and billboard for the dystopian action film.
He's known for his brief stint on Downton Abbey and appearing in Ben Palmer's The Inbetweeners Movie, but nothing has prepared him for this. "For other stuff I’ve done, (getting recognized) is kind of the normal thing that happens," James says. "In terms of Divergent I don’t think it’s started yet. We'll see when I get in tomorrow – maybe I’ll be greeted by a bunch of sexy fans!" He's a riot over the phone, cracking jokes like a whip. And he's perhaps downplaying the shower of attention he's about to experience, especially after a certain on-screen smooch with Shailene Woodley. Soon he'll experience the Notting Hill effect, with horny tweens banging down his door for a glimpse of the tramp stamp he sports in the film. But first, Theo James, rising star in all stratospheres, talks about how he went in for the big one with costar Shailene…
Dazed Digital: So what was it like kissing Shailene for the first time?
Theo James: Terrible – and the full penetration sex was also very awkward. (laughs) It was easy, to be honest. I’ve said this before: I think sometimes you have to make stuff happen chemistry-wise. You have to force it. But when you don’t and it’s very real and natural, that makes for the best scenes and also the most fun because if you have natural chemistry you can have fun and you can build on that.
DD: Did you guys practice it at all?
Theo James: Yeah, constantly, constantly yeah, with a videotape (laughs).
DD: Were you nervous when you walked on set and were filming that scene?
Theo James: No, because by that time we had bridged the boundary and the friendship gap and she knew how weird I was and I knew how weird she was. The only thing that was difficult was grounding any of those scenes in something real because doing a kissing scene where you’re showing tattoos – and the awkwardness of having to take a shirt off and the fact that you’re in this dystopian future with strange clothing – the key is to anchor it as much as you can and find the reality in the situation.
DD: Is she a good kisser?
Theo James: Incredible, yeah.
DD: How close were you guys off the set?
Theo James: We all hung out a lot. It was fun. We were all in this one apartment. We’re all sharing a bed – me and Shailene just shared a single bed and were just like spooning every night! (laughs) Erm no, we were all in this same apartment block so it felt like camp for better or worse. It was fun and we hit the town quite a lot and drunk our weight in tequila.
DD: Do you have any hilarious stories, like tequila nights out?
Theo James: Yeah, but I couldn’t tell you because I would get arrested.
DD: Are there any differences between British and American actresses that you work with?
Theo James: Probably. I’d say it depends, maybe in England people are a bit more used to sarcasm, so my jokes don’t go down as well (in the US).
DD: Did Shailene get your sense of humour?
Theo James: She did, yeah. It takes a little bit of time when you get to know anyone. You’re feeling each other out and what boundaries you can push and what ones you can’t. But yeah she definitely understands what a fucking weirdo I am.
Posted by DivergentLife at 6:18 pm