Shailene Woodley is about to shoot into the stratosphere with back-to-back blockbusters in 2014. She is set to star as Mary Jane Watson in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and then battle in the post-apocalyptic world of ‘Divergent’ as the lead character, Tris.
Woodley is currently earning rave reviews for her performance in Miles Teller’s ‘Spectacular Now’, and she has an interview with MTV News about her upcoming film roles.
When discussing ‘Divergent’, Woodley said she was initially not interested in joining a big franchise [although she lost out to Jennifer Lawrence for the Hunger Games lead], saying, “I read the book – I thought it was really… my whole thing, to be honest, was that I never wanted to do big films. Especially one that was similar to Hunger Games or Twilight. Something with a huge fan base that would carry on for multiple years.” She continues, “After reading the book I was really profoundly moved. [The book is] very metaphorical for things that are going on today. Specifically things that I’m passionate about, and things I want to make public, and things I want to educate people on. So I think it’s a really great platform.”
When asked for examples on the types of things that she wants to educate people on, she says, “In Divergent people are injected with this serum and then controlled by it. And I think it’s really funny that right now we’re beginning to chip our dogs and chip our babies. That’s just a small example, I could go on for hours. There’s also mind control that gets dealt with in Divergent – that’s going on today, nobody knows about that.”