Shai­lene Wood­ley

The star of Di­ver­gent and The Fault In Our Stars talks genre

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

FAVOURITE SF/ FAN­TASY FILM

Hmmm... Oh my god, what the fuck am I think­ing – yeah, Star Wars, that’s sci- fi, right? Yeah, that’s con­sid­ered sci- fi... I’m so bad with gen­res. Like, Lit­tle Richard and Kings of Leon, they’re the same genre, right? Yeah, I lived and breathed those movies – the orig­i­nal Star Wars tril­ogy. I loved ET too. And I loved Avatar. Thank god there are more Avatar films com­ing. I want to be an ex­tra. I want to be an Avatar ex­tra so bad. I just want to be a swimming Avatar – “That was me! For two seconds!” [ laughs]

FAVOURITE SF/ FAN­TASY TV

I don’t have a TV, and I didn’t re­ally grow up watch­ing TV, so TV shows are not re­ally my thing. But I loved books.

FAVOURITE SF/ FAN­TASY BOOK

I loved An­i­morphs. Goose­bumps too... Oh my god, An­i­morphs, they were th­ese hu­mans who turned into an­i­mals... I don’t re­mem­ber much about those books. I just re­mem­ber that I loved An­i­morphs; I have no idea what it’s even about any more. I just re­mem­ber read­ing it all the time.

FAVOURITE SF/ FAN­TASY HERO

From the age of four to eight, I was Princess Leia. I would only go by Leia at school. I mean, like, I made my two guy friends be Luke and Han. I was into it. In. To. It. Our jun­gle gyms were our space­ships... I was Princess Leia as a lit­tle girl for Hal­loween, then once the new ones came out I was Queen Ami­dala for one Hal­loween. But I didn’t like those movies be­cause they just weren’t the orig­i­nals. Yeah, they’re not Star Wars.

Di­ver­gent is out now on DVD and Blu- ray.

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