Divergent’s Shailene Woodley on getting used to cheesy action-film lines

The actress admits she objected to some of the lines given to her badass character Tris


Shailene Woodley, more used to indie-style films than big money blockbusters, admits she had to get on board with what she describes as “cheesy” lines for futuristic movie Divergent.


In a move from edgier roles in films like The Fault in Our Stars, The Spectacular Now and a breakthrough part alongside George Clooney in The Descendants, Woodley’s gone headfirst into the hugely popular realm of dystopian young adult fiction.

It’s all near-death training exercises, shooting each other, punching each other, almost throwing one another off bridges…

But while Woodley’s character Tris may be Miss Action Hero, she wasn’t immediately keen on some of the dialogue that went along with it.

“One day, I had some cheesy action-film line like, ‘You’re mine now’ and I said, ‘That’s crazy, Tris would never say that,’” Woodley tells the Express.

But co-star Zoë Kravitz (who plays fellow Dauntless initiate Christina) had some advice for her.

“Kravitz said, ‘Shai, you’re making an action film now. Sometimes it’s fun to just do things that don’t make sense in real life.’ So then it sort of clicked and I was like, Zoe’s right, this isn’t an indie film, it’s a big blockbuster.”

Big blockbuster indeed. Divergent earned £6,658,450 at the UK Box Office alone. The second film is already in production and Oscar-winning Kate Winslet is among the cast as sadistic leader Jeanine Matthews.

Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago where people live in factions based on their personality traits. Woodley plays Tris, who is actually a divergent, possessing the characteristics of all five factions. But that’s a secret she must keep to herself as she rejects her family’s choice of Abnegation (for the selfless) for the far more enticing Dauntless – a faction for the brave – and throws herself into all that kick-ass action… and those cheesy lines.


Divergent is now available to rent or buy on BlinkBox