Shailene Woodley and Theo James are currently filming the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, in Atlanta, Georgia, but last month the stars sat down with Hero Complex to chat about the differences between the Divergent and Insurgent movies. They also talk about the importance of strong female leads, getting to know each other, and more. Here are some highlights.
On their how their real-life chemistry is an asset to the films:
Shailene Woodley: I always say this, but I feel lucky that we’re doing these movies together. We look at this business in the same way. We both really love the art of filmmaking and love being on a movie set, and we both understand the importance of selling a film and the importance of doing press. But also don’t revolve our lives around it. We both have very private lives that we hold dear and don’t necessarily want to share with the world. It’s a great thing to have someone who you can just talk to in that way.
Theo James: After we did the first movie and we did all the press, I felt like I knew [her] way more than I did when we finished the movie, and now doing the second movie, I feel like I know [her] even better. It’s a constant process of getting to know each other properly. You know what actors are like. You can sometimes be like, “Darling, darling, we love each other,” but you don’t really know them. The great thing about this, it’s a lot of work — it’s not only the movies, but it’s all the press — is that you’re sharing things constantly and you’re changing and evolving together.
On shooting Insurgent, and how it’s different from Divergent:
Shailene Woodley: It’s been really nice to switch things up. Everything in a way is different. We’re in Atlanta, it’s summer, it’s not cold, Chicago winter. Our director is different, the set design is different, the costumes are different. It feels much bigger. It’s interesting because the movie feels bigger in tone and in image but in a scene it feels smaller. Some scenes feel like we’re doing an indie film in a way because they’re so full of truth. Robert, our director, is really, really keen on making sure we feel comfortable with a scene as well as he feels comfortable with a scene. Until it has the right flow or the right tone, he won’t move on and that’s a big blessing in a big movie like this, to have somebody who really is keen on us feeling like our needs were met to support the character and that his needs were met to support the film.
Theo James: We put a little taste together just to show the crew how we’d been doing and what came through is A) the scope. It looks kind of richer and bigger and more complex, but what came through to me was the emotionality behind it. Again, that sounds wanky.
Shailene Woodley: This movie is pretty emotional.