Category: Interviews

Sneak Peek of DP/30 Interview

July 30, 2013

Shailene on HuffPost Live

July 25, 2013

Shailene appeared on HuffPost Live to talk about The Spectacular Now with co-star Miles Teller. Unfortunately the video won’t embed but you can watch the interview right here.

HUFFPOST — John Green is a genius. Don’t take our word for it (though we’re huge fans here), as that’s what Shailene Woodley, who plays Hazel Grace Lancaster in the forthcoming “The Fault in Our Stars” movie, says when asked about the book’s author.

However, when she came in to talk to HuffPost Live, along with co-star from “The Spectacular Now” Miles Teller, she hadn’t yet learned how to do the Nerdfighter salute, so we taught her, with a little help from the Vlogbrothers.

‘Divergent’ Star Shailene Woodley’s Plans for a Zombie Apocalypse? Tobacco

July 19, 2013

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – In Divergent, the main characters are dealing with plenty of life-threatening situations after they join the Dauntless, a group of people tasked with being the warriors of society.

But one thing they don’t have to face is the undead.

So when the stars of the upcoming Summit film, Shailene Woodley and Theo James, sat down at Comic-Con with THR, we were eager to hear their own plans for survival for a zombie apocalypse.

Woodley, who starred in The Descendants, had a pretty unorthodox idea.

“I would plant tobacco because I think it would be a good thing to trade with,” she says.

Veronica Roth, who wrote the popular YA novel that the film is based on, also had a great idea: Head to the nearest Costco.

At their panel earlier Thursday, the cast and director Neil Burger showed the first footage from the film, which they just finished shooting a few days ago.

They also spoke to THR about how it felt to be in front of a crowd of 6,000 in Hall H. Watch the video above to hear their responses as well as their thoughts on Star Wars versus Star Trek.

Divergent opens in theaters March 21.

Shailene Woodley & Theo James on YA, Burping, and ‘Motherf*ckin Toughness’

July 18, 2013

MOVIEFONE – If this interview is any indication, we’re going to see some serious on-screen chemistry from “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

The pair sat down with Moviefone earlier today to give us the rundown on what we can expect when “Divergent” hits the big screen in March 2014, including why the look and feel won’t be as grungy as you think, some common misconceptions about their characters, Tris’s burping prowess, and what’s changed in adapting Veronica Roth’s beloved novel for the big screen.

Moviefone: What’s the first thing you want people to know about “Divergent”?
Theo James: We want them to approach it as something different and new. Any preconceptions about it being a YA — obviously, it has that tag — but they’re all unique in their own ways. And Veronica has created a very unique and strong and dynamic world, coupled with [director Neil Burger]’s vision of it. And then, hopefully, what we’ve done collectively as a cast with our characters and the choices we’ve made make something that is not just a YA movie. It’s a movie in its own right, too. It’s both. It’s an adult movie and a YA movie. And a very strong action movie; there’s a lot of action in it, but with a very central and emotional heart.

Shailene Woodley: I agree. That was perfect. I second that.

What do you want people to know about your characters, Tris and Four?
Woodley: I want people to know that Tris is normal and that she’s not a superhero. Maybe she’s an action star just because of the definition of that, but she’s not a superhero. She’s a very normal, young woman who is trying to figure herself out as well as trying to help her community. She’s sort of been given this gift of being the only one to be able to do what she’s able to do, and I don’t think that it makes her more special than anyone else. I think that she just happens to be the one who’s in the seat to do greatness. Sort of like “With great power comes great responsibility.” I know that quote is used so often and it’s so cliche, but I f*ckin’ love it.

I want people to know she’s normal. Every interview, people are like, “What does it feel like to play a superhero?” She’s not a superhero. She’s vulnerable, and she’s sensitive and she’s broken in a lot of ways, but she’s forced to figure herself out through really extreme situations. And she doesn’t know who she is. She’s very normal. I mean, she burps sometimes.

James: I love burping.

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Interview Magazine Photoshoot and Interview

July 16, 2013

In a followup to the scans posted the other day, Shailene’s photoshoot for Interview has been added to the gallery. Shailene was interviewed by Emma Stone to discuss her graduation from The Secret Life, her quickly expanding oeuvre, and the challenges of growing up, acting out, and coming of age—both on-screen and off. The interview is quite long so I’ve added it in full under the cut. Enjoy!

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE — If you never had a chance to watch the recently concluded ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, then, like most things about adolescence that are woefully ignored or misunderstood, you probably don’t fully appreciate the true magnitude of what Shailene Woodley has already been through and wouldn’t understand it if she tried to explain it to you. During the show’s five-year run, which culminated in June with Woodley’s character, teen mom Amy Juergens, heading off to college, the arc of the show’s narrative found Amy, at various points, wrestling with a multitude of issues pertaining to sex, romantic confusion, unplanned pregnancy, and young motherhood, and later, as the series progressed, the very many inherent difficulties involved in being a sexually active teen mom surrounded by yet more sex, romantic confusion, and unplanned pregnancy—as well as, in season two, a pregnant mother (played by Molly Ringwald!). And to make matters worse: the sexual encounter that leads to the pregnancy and that sets off the whole chain of events for Amy? Happened at band camp.
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Shailene Woodley on Ansel Elgort in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

May 15, 2013

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Last week it was announced that Ansel Elgort landed the sought-after part of Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars opposite Shailene Woodley. Adapted from the John Green best-seller, Fault is a heartwarming/breaking love story between two teens who met in a cancer support group.

Funnily enough, Elgort and Woodley are already working together. They’re currently filming Divergent with director Neil Burger (based upon the Veronica Roth book) where they play brother and sister, Caleb and Beatrice Prior. “I keep joking with Ansel about it,” Shailene tells EW with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘In a few months, buddy, you’re going to be my lover.’”

But all joking aside, Woodley seems thrilled with her future onscreen romantic pairing. “Ansel is so good. I’m so excited. He blew it out of the water,” she says of the time they read the parts of Gus and Hazel together. “And he’s a real sweetheart. I’m so excited to have him in my life.”

The filmmakers certainly agree: Wyck Godfrey previously told EW: ”We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus. His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in Divergent with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of Fault will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once.”

And author John Green told us, “I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.”