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.
MTV – Shailene Woodley and Theo James did use talented stunt doubles for some scenes in their new movie, “Divergent,” an adaptation of a YA novel set in dystopian future Chicago, but in a lot of the action sequences were filmed by the actors themselves. That’s thanks in part to the realistic approach director Neil Burger took to the movie.
“I can say as a director that both of these guys brought such strength to the action. There’s a lot of fighting in the movie,” Burger told MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con. In the Chicago of “Divergent,” society is divided into five factions based on personality traits like intelligence and honesty. Woodley’s Tris is a teenage girl who transfers from her home faction of Abnegation (selfless) to Dauntless (fearless). James plays her Dauntless mentor (turned-love interest), which means the two of them spent plenty of time training and fighting together.
“I say that Theo’s kind of a combination of Paul Newman and Bruce Lee. He can really fight,” Burger said. “Shai is not scared of anything and also did some fighting. [She] climbed on top of all sorts of crazy things — 75-foot tall ledges — and did all sorts of crazy stuff. I was trying to keep everything as real as possible, which made them have to be involved in everything and do it for real — and they did it.”
Woodley said that one of her favorite scenes to shoot involved a huge fight sequence during the climax of the movie. “Toward the end of the film there’s a really big scene where Tris and Four engage in a big fight,” she explained. “The way that the stunt coordinator and Neil created that in the way that [author] Veronica [Roth] wrote it in the book was really beautiful. Theo kicked ass in that scene so I’m excited to see it.”
Adds James, “So did Shai. She’s like a natural athlete even though she pretends not to be.”
“Well, my stunt double is really great,” Woodley demurs. “To be fair, she did most of that scene.”
“Divergent” hits theaters March 21, 2014.
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.