Watch: Kate Winslet talks getting cast as Jeanine Matthews in Divergent

In an interview with MTV at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Kate Winslet talked a bit about Divergent, and how she had no hesitations in signing up for the antagonist, Jeanine Mattews, because the script was “great” and the book “fantastic”.

Watch her talk about her children’s reaction to the casting as well, here.

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As a huge fan of Kate, this is probably my favorite casting of the lot (of course, Theo excepted!), and I can’t wait to see how she brings Jeanine to life!

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Watch: Walmart’s exclusive video from #Divergent featuring new footage and interviews!

After Fandango, Walmart has now posted their exclusive video from the sets of the Divergent movie, which includes new behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and author Veronica Roth.

Check it out by clicking the image below:

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WATCH: Divergent behind-the-scenes featurette with NEW footage and interviews!

Fandango has released an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Divergent movie! There’re new interviews with author Veronica Roth and the cast, including Kate Winslet, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney, Ashley Judd and Maggie Q. There’s also some great new footage, including Four and Tris after the first jump!

Check it out below:

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WATCH NOW: Divergent teaser for MTV VMA’s First Look!!

Theo James and Shailene Woodley are all set to debut Divergent‘s First Look at the pre-show of MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 25th. MTV has posted an awesome sneak peek from the first look. Check it out by clicking the image below:

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Who else fangirled at the awesome sneak peek?! We got a first look at Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, Theo James as Four and so much more. Can’t wait for the full first look to debut!

(PICTURE) First Look at Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews!!

 

 

 

Well apparently US Today is on the Ball! Here is our first look at Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews! Pretty Awesome if I do say so myself!

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Kate Winslet stars as a menacing group leader in ‘Divergent.’

by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY 

CHICAGO — As Kate Winslet descends the stairs in the Hall of Choosing during a scene from the action-adventure tale Divergent, she carries a slim briefcase in front of her, which has multiple uses.

Given that she’s wearing a sharp, lab-coat-inspired executive suit, the accessory further projects the image of a true leader as Winslet’s character serenely inspects the assembled masses.

As soon as director Neil Burger yells “cut!,” Winslet employs the container for another use — as a fan on the stifling set of Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, which has broken air conditioners. As she flaps, she reveals that the case also disguises a baby bump — she announced in early June that she’s having her third child, the first with husband Ned Rocknroll.

“I’m holding up fine. I’m pregnant, but it’s not at the point where it becomes impossible,” says Winslet, 37, relaxing at a conference table with bags of nearly melted ice on her feet. “Sometimes you just have to roll with it.”

That’s just what Winslet does in the pivotal role of Jeanine Matthews in the film adaptation (out March 21) of the first novel in Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent trilogy.

Jeanine is the architect of a futuristic dystopian society based in Chicago, in which the population is divided into five factions. As the leader of the Erudite, or intelligent group, Jeanine is also the story’s antagonist.

Winslet’s character adopts a positively chilly demeanor when she meets hero Tris Prior (The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley) and her family in a scene depicting the day Tris will choose her faction.

“That’s the whole point of Jeanine,” Winslet says. “She walks down the corridor and sort of just leaves this vapor trail. I knew I had to bring that intimidation.”

The role gives the Oscar winner (best actress for 2008’s The Reader) the opportunity to play her first screen villain.

“I’m no idiot. The idea went through my head that I have never played a baddie before,” she says. “I was almost kind of surprised.”

The pregnancy helped maintain the intimidation factor, since Winslet came into the shoot late. She used that distance from her co-stars to her advantage by keeping herself slightly aloof initially.

“I wanted to break it and say, ‘It’s OK, I’m really fun. I promise.’ ” she says. “But I thought, just for today, I’d let them think that I am a complete bitch.”

 Burger says Winslet is game for every aspect of the shoot, even volunteering to perform a small fall in her character’s fight scene. (He used a stunt double.) Wardrobe changes were needed to accommodate the pregnancy, and Winslet’s time on set is closely managed.

“Obviously, we have to be careful, and the way we shoot her changes things,” Burger says. “But there’s a way to do it so we stay off the fact she is pregnant.”

Even the die-hard fans of the series, who have nitpicked about things such as Woodley’s hair color, have been “exploding with joy” with the news of Winslet’s casting, Roth says. Watching from the monitor, Roth feels Winslet even exceeds the hype.

“Kate has gone with a very subtle, even well-meaning villain. She’s not a mustache-twirling Disney type,” she says. “She brings the menace in a very quiet way.”