Thanks to the Faction Four for these awesome scans of Ansel Elgort and Divergent goodness in the October issue of Teen Vogue!
1. How did the idea for the Divergent trilogy come together, and now that you’ve finished, how has it evolved?
Originally it came from this concept in psychology called exposure therapy where people with phobias are repeatedly exposed to their fears until their brain reconditions it. That’s the little nugget, and it took on a life of its own. As Tris grows up and her world gets bigger, I’m doing the same thing at the same time. When this began, I’d just graduated college and my world just kept getting bigger.
2. What are fans are dying to see in the final book?
3. You went to Northwestern and live in Chicago now. Why did you use your city as a dystopian setting?
There’s something really fun about it because it’s so clean compared to other cities. Imagining it all destroyed and wrecked was really interesting — not that I want to see it destroyed and wrecked! It also just kind of appeared out of nowhere. When I wrote the first draft of Divergent, there were just a lot of trains and this marsh and I just realized that it’s already in Chicago. My favorite buildings, Sears (Willis)Tower and the Merchandise Mart, are both in the books. So are the Ferris wheel and the Bean.
4. Did you envision certain characters in the starring roles for the movie adaptation?
I don’t really have a clear image of my characters as I’m writing — it’s kind of like I’m squinting at it from a distance. They’re just blurry people who do things. But when Shailene (Woodley) and Theo (James) were cast and I saw their screen test together, it was absolutely perfect.
5. What writers have inspired you?
I had this stretch of childhood where I read a ton of children’s fiction, then I grew up and read it all over again. I’m a big fan of Lois Lowry, of The Giver, and Madeleine L’Engle, of A Wrinkle in Time. But my dad also instilled in me a science fiction streak. I read Dune by Frank Herbert when I was far too young to understand it.
Miles Teller is slowly becoming my favorite. He really gives the best interviews! Check out this article from Next Movie with Miles about Peter in ‘Divergent’!
You and Shailene are in another movie together coming up, “Divergent.” In this one, you’re not having sex, you’re trying to stab her in the face with a knife.
Well, I’m not stabbing her in the face with a knife.
Yeah, but you’re not her friend necessarily, either. I mean, I’m not going to spoil it.
I don’t think we can spoil this, that book sold 2.5 million copies or something. But yeah, It’s a different context.
Did you read that series?
I read the first one, and by that I mean I read the beginning and then I pretty much just read where my character was because I didn’t really feel like I needed to know what was going on with Four and Tris and their stuff to play my part. I just scanned for anytime Peter was talked about, which was not as much as I’d like it to be.
Are you going to rewrite it to be the star of the second? Are you taking that up with Veronica Roth?
Veronica Roth said that Peter is her favorite character in the second one. And then in the third he apparently comes around even more. I think he’s pretty surface level in the first one, you don’t really understand what he’s doing. So that was a challenge.
Yeah, he gets a little more complex as the series goes on. Do you know what happens in the third one, “Allegiant”? Do you have any secrets?
No. It is pretty interesting, though. Whatever that character does, I will be embodying. I hope I — well, I don’t want to say I hope I die, but I’ve never played a character that dies.
How would you want to die on screen, whether that character or another?
I’d like to be in a big shootout. Do the, like, the Godfather thing. Poison would be kind of cool, like you’re eating something and then the person who fed it to you just starts smiling. I just want to say, “It’s poison!”[clutches throat, chokes, falls onto table] I think it’s gotta be dramatic. It’s like improv, whenever you die, you have to make it a big thing. They would probably tell me to tone it back, because I would die very over top.
“This kid just won’t stop dying.”
“He needs to go and learn how to die.”
They’d be like, “You’re killing me.”
Check out the FULL funny article HERE
As promised, Entertainment Weekly has released a (maddeningly short!) sneak peek at the final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant.
Check it out below, Initiates:
Pretty sure Tris is talking about life outside Chicago. Do you guys think we’re going to leave the city’s borders in the last book? There is the airport on the cover after all!
Allegiant hits shelves on October 22 later this year.
Check out how Gorgeous Shailene looks in these pictures from ‘Flaunt Magazine’ and read her interview below!
In Hollywood, everyone loves to make an actor part of a lineage. For stars burgeoning into big time fame, there’s a tendency in the tabloids to lean on an easy crutch: “This star is the next [fill in the blank].” For Shailene Woodley, the 21-year-old actor whose breakout role came alongside George Clooney in 2011’s The Descendants, the options of choice are as follows:
a) Emma Watson
b) Jennifer Lawrence
c) Kristen Stewart
See, the young actor just finished filming Divergent, a futuristic, dystopian film based on the Young Adult trilogy by Veronica Roth. And if you’re remotely familiar with the names Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, or Bella Swan, you know what’s next. Serial movies, particularly Young Adult series, can be the ticket to absurd amounts of fame and enough work locked-in to define an actor’s entire career (who among us didn’t think of Harry Potter as Watson got Bling Ring on us with gyrating dance moves?). Then it’s pixie haircuts, nude magazine covers, and half-baked album releases to get the public to shake loose the all-consuming role.