SHAILENE WOODLEY IS BACK ON THE GRID WITH THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT LANDING IN CINEMAS ON APRIL 14.
Shailene Woodley has been acting since she was five years old, yet it wasn’t until she landed the role of Beatrice “Tris” Prior in The Divergent Series films (a role she initially turned down!) that she caught our attention. Since then Shai has demonstrated her acting chops in an array of dramatic roles, playing characters that are quite different to her own relaxed and down-to-earth personality. “Shailene appreciates the simplest things: farmers’ markets, hikes, hanging out with friends. I don’t think that’s ever going to change. She couldn’t care less about the spotlight, or going to the Hollywood party and being cool. She’s very real that way,” says Ansel Elgort, her The Divergent Series and The Fault In Our
Stars co-star. The 24-year-old actress has wisdom and perception beyond her years, as evidenced in the message that she hopes fans will take away with them after watching the latest installment of The Divergent
Series: “that community is truly the way to build bridges and unite people with differing opinions on a unified front”. Last year she even spent three weeks trekking through India with minimal possessions. “Shai has a strong sense of self and a strong sense of how she wants to handle herself as an actress and as a person who is really unique and really strong. She can keep two feet on the ground but still be able to achieve everything she wants to achieve,” says Theo James, Shai’s on-screen leading man in The
Divergent Series. In The Divergent Series: Allegiant, we see Tris, Four, Christina, Caleb, Peter and Tori go beyond the walls of Chicago after discovering that for the past 200 years the citizens inside the walled city and their separation into five factions were actually part of an experiment by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. The team eventually find themselves at the Bureau, where they meet its visionary leader David. Once again, Tris and her friends find themselves wondering who they can trust and tough decisions will have to be made to save humanity… even though these choices will create cracks in Tris and Four’s relationship!
“This movie is interesting because Tris and Four go
in their own directions and they’re very much out of contact and out of communication with one another… They both see different sides of who this David is and that creates distance between them because Four has one idea and Tris has another idea and they can’t seem to come to an agreement,” reveals Shailene. The first few minutes of Allegiant leap into action with an impressive wall-scaling scene, something that Shai had a blast shooting for the most part. “It was thrilling and exciting and also deeply uncomfortable physically after a while to be wearing that harness!” she says. It sounds to us that Shai is totally “dauntless” when it comes to embracing stunts! If Shailene wasn’t an actress, she’d like to do something relating to food or herbalism. The selfproclaimed environmentalist is known for having a great love of nature and using natural products wherever she can – whether it is making her own toothpaste and body lotions, gathering spring water from mountains, or using beets as an alternative lip stain to lipstick. While Shai has a tendency to disappear from the public eye when she’s not working, fortunately for fans she has a couple of projects coming up that will keep her on our screens. After Allegiant, Shai returns to her TV roots in the drama Big Little Lies, which also stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, and then on to The Divergent Series’ final chapter, The Divergent
Series: Ascendant. The film is set for release next year and will start shooting this month. The star says, “I feel really excited to explore this final chapter in Tris’s life, as well as a certain sadness to be leaving behind a family that has been created because of these films.” We’re also excited, and curious to see how it all ends!