Shailene Woodley dives into Divergent

Shailene Woodley dives into Divergent

LOS ANGELES - As one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year, Divergent is living up to all the hype.

Packed with emotional themes, non-stop action and eye candy, the young adult novel-turned-Hollywood blockbuster looks set to be your new favourite movie franchise after The Hunger Games.

But its most appealing aspect is Shailene Woodley, the heart of Divergent.

At the movie's press junket held at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles, the 22-year-old US darling lit up the room when she appeared for her interview.

Wearing a royal blue blouse, black skinny jeans and minimal makeup, the all-natural beauty walked in with the most genuine and warm smile as she greeted reporters.

The fact that she wore no shoes - only patterned socks - further demonstrated her down-to-earth and carefree spirit.

But taking up the role of Divergent's protagonist and heroine Tris Prior wasn't something she was intent on doing, and she admitted to having reservations.

"It was a little daunting to think how much (US actress) Kristen Stewart's life changed (after playing Bella in The Twilight Saga franchise).

"(But) I realised one day that I was going to make a decision based on fear instead of what could happen. I'm done living in fear. Instead I'm living from empowerment and am really glad I made that decision because it's been a real incredible journey."

JENNIFER LAWRENCE SAID: 'DO IT!'

When she was first offered the role, Woodley - best known for portraying lead character Amy Juergens in TV series The Secret Life Of The American Teenager and for winning best supporting actress awards for her breakout role in the 2011 film The Descendants - turned it down, but decided to get on board after some advice from The Hunger Games star and Hollywood It girl Jennifer Lawrence.

She recalled: "I e-mailed her; I've never met her, which is funny. I asked her, 'How did The Hunger Games change your life and are you happy with your decision? You went from the indie world to a big franchise.'

"And she's like, 'Do it! There's a lot of hard things (that come with it), but as long as you love the character and the storyline, it's so worth it. Don't look back.'"

Both Divergent and The Hunger Games are adapted from young adult novels and are set in dystopian worlds with strong female leads, but the films are hardly alike despite what many headlines push.

And because of this comparison, Woodley has been pitted as "the next Jennifer Lawrence", which she feels is a positive association.

"She's such a strong woman that it's a compliment to me. I really admire her and don't mind it at all," Woodley shared.

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