How has Tris evolved since the first movie?
When you first meet her, she’s very naive and hasn’t been exposed to the world. She’s learning things for the first time and is having to pull upon strengths she didn’t know existed. In this movie, she’s been through the wringer, and she knows how to fight a fight. So she’s much stronger and she has a lot of emotional fuel to bring her through the next stage of her fight against Jeanine. It looks like there’s more action in Insurgent…
Yeah, there’s a lot more action. The world was just bigger. The action sequences in the first movie are maybe two minutes. In this movie they’re like seven or eight minutes. Filming seven or eight minutes of that type of thing is about two weeks’ worth of work. In that way, it was a lot of fun. The first movie was more fight sequences and choreography. This was more wire work and Parkour, climbing and running and jumping off things. How much training did you have to do to get in shape?
We trained so much for the first one, and then I did Fault In Our Stars and lost all muscle mass and a bunch of weight. So getting back into this one was fun because we got to bulk up a little bit again. I’m very lucky: I’m athletic by nature. For me, I find it fun to get back in shape and test myself physically. With Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars being hits, it’s been a big year for you. Has their success changed your life?
Yeah, it’s definitely affected my life because I’m busier. But other than that, not too much. Career- wise, I definitely have some more opportunities now to make smaller movies that before I couldn’t get made, which is awesome. But as far as everything else goes, not too much. There are lots of fantastical simulations in the Divergent movies. Do you enjoy the opportunity to go to places you wouldn’t in most movies?
It’s always fun to do simulations and whatnot. As a filmmaker, you get to bring a sense of: “We’ve never seen this before, so anything can happen.” But as an actor, I want to make sure that they seem real and very realistic. When you’re dreaming, it feels real. You wake up and go, “Oh my god, I battled a giant spider last night,” because it felt so real. So for all the simulations, I wanted to make sure that Tris felt like it was actually happening. The Divergent fanbase are very passionate. How have you found interacting with them since you’ve been playing Tris?
I honestly don’t know too well because I don’t really interact with fans really – I stay away from social media and the only time I ever really see them is at premieres. But we obviously want to maintain the books’ integrity and our faithfulness to the storyline. How do you feel about going back to play Tris for the two Allegiant movies?
I feel good. I’m excited to read the script. Even though I know what Allegiant is about, I don’t know how faithful they’re going to be to that book or if they’re going to change it a lot. So I’m along for the ride as well, just like the audience.
Expect more gunplay and action in this second movie.