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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.

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