Divergent Book and Movie Fansite
In my inbox was a letter from the movie studio. I figured I either did something wrong or was being invited to LA for a screening. Instead it was a Divergent version of a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket.
I had to read it over and over to make sure it wasn’t some Nigerian email scam. After my tenth time reading, in between 32 OMG’s and a few screams I realized it was real.
It really was an amazing opportunity and while my expectations were low, the outcome was a dream come true. The interaction with the stars was genuine and you could get a sense that they were enjoying their time on the set. We had writers that were from all over the U.S. and spanned in age from high school to some of the mothers with kids in high school. We were all treated to an amazing experience.
We arrived by limo van to the set where the filming of Christina and Tris meeting for the first time, and jumping onto the Dauntless train was taking place. A futuristic train with no seats. An Abnegation dressed Tris and a Candor dressed Christina would meet over and over with the sound of a train starting and stopping after each take. Later in the day a huge treadmill was set up next to the train for Shailene and Zoe to use next to the stationary train . It was a surreal to watch the book scenes come to life right before me.
I did my best to take in as much as possible and I look forward to sharing more of the set visit and our time in Chicago taking in all of the Divergent related places we could find. For now lets focus on what the stars had to say.
We were sat down in the midst of the set, we were in the pit, and we all patiently awaited for what would come next. No one was sure how much interaction we would get or how close to the stars we would be, that is until Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz sat down in full pre-Dauntless wardrobe to begin the chat with us.
In real life, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley, interacted like their Dauntless characters...like best friends.
Shailene: Hi guys! WHAT’S CRACKIN’? What’s happening?
We were so excited to see you running on a treadmill…
Shailene: Oh my god…right?
(Shailene and Zoe begin to mess with the pack on Shailene’s back)
Shailene, was it intimidating for you to come into sort of a heroic type of YA literature role?
Shailene: Um, it was intimidating because of the word heroic. I don’t think Tris is a hero necessarily- she’s not a super hero and she’s not like an action star, she’s just a normal girl who’s put in a very elevated situation and she has to rise to the occasion. Just in the same way had it been Christina who had been in this situation, she would have risen to that event. I don’t think that Tris is more special than anyone else, she’s just the one that has to be girl who has to get her shit together.
Zoe: (laughs) Get your shit together.
How much are Shailene and Zoe like their characters Tris and Christina?
Shailene: You relate to yours a lot right?
Zoe: Yeah, because I can’t keep my mouth shut? Yes I do, I do. Christina’s like- she’s brave and she’s wacky and she’s honest. I have no filter either.
Shailene: They’re both Sagittarius.
Zoe: It’s true.
Were you excited when you got the parts?
Shailene: Very excited. Yeah, I was more excited when she got the part.
Were you guys friends before this?
Shailene: SUCH good friends. Yeah, we met doing this. We had a lot of mutual friends.
Did the clothes make the character? If so which outfits were the best?
Shailene: Well, you see right now I’m wearing some laundry cloths…some kitchen wipes. Um, no I think the Dauntless clothes are very cool because they’re very tactical based and Carlo the designer did a really good job at making them functional as well as physical beautiful for the eyes to look at. And so to transform obviously from going into a dress to leggings that you can move and run and kick in is a pretty big difference.
Zoe: Yeah I mean the Dauntless outfits are badass- you feel tougher depending on what you’re wearing. I put on my big army boots and I’m ready to fight.
Chemistry, chemistry, and more chemistry with Four...
There was lots of chemistry testing to find the right Four and fans are really excited to see that on screen. Can you tell us anything about the chemistry?
Zoe: Through the roof!
Shailene: Whhaatt, outta control! Theo’s great, he’s awesome I mean we relate on a very human level with each other. Everyone gets along really great, I know I’m supposed to be talking about Theo, so I’ll go back to Theo.
Zoe: (laughs) but Theo…
Shailene: But Theo…
Why is Theo James the PERFECT Four? Plus, Theo is a “dork.”
Shailene: He’s the perfect Four because he’s very similar to Four in real life. Theo’s very mysterious in some ways. He was also a philosophy major so he had a life completely different from this for a long time. He’s traveled the world, he’s a very worldly human being.
Zoe: He’s also really good-looking.
Shailene: He’s also gorgeous to look at.
(Unit publicist’s phone begins to ring and they see that it’s Ben Lamb calling. Shailene and Zoe answer it but Ben doesn’t answer)
Shailene: Oh shit, sorry. Theo. He was a philosophy major so he’s got a lot of different experiences outside of the acting world which I think add to his character and to him as a human being. He’s very professional and doesn’t take anything too seriously which is really important.
Zoe: He’s super goofy.
Shailene: He’s super goofy. It’s really exciting to see him be like the “hot new thing” that all these girls are going to go after, like you don’t know Theo…
Zoe: Yeah, he’s just a dork.
Shailene: He’s a dork.
Did you guys know about Divergent before you auditioned or was it something you heard about later?
Shailene: Um, I was kind of given, we were given the book to read…did you? (turns to Zoe)
Zoe: I read the script first when I was just auditioning for it and then once I got it I was like I guess I should read…
Shailene: When I was auditioning for it, there wasn’t a script for it so I read the book so that’s what turned me on to it.
Is Divergent the perfect platform to help Shailene spread her personal philosophies? She’s a modern day peace and love girl...
Shailene: Oh hell yeah…
So what, I mean could you be more specific.
Shailene: Yeah I mean, metaphorically this movie has a lot of interesting themes woven into it everything from, in Divergent they get injected with the serum and the government can control their minds and yet today we’re chipping dogs, we’re chipping babies, like as a society. There’s a lot of things that are going on and then as far as like food goes, in the book Veronica Roth, she has a line that goes ‘back in the day, people used to have a choice whether to buy genetically modified food or not. Now, that’s all that exists.’ And I think that that’s really, really important for our society, modern day, to look at because all these other companies are taking over and it’s kind of becoming a corporate world and we as the people have the power to say something now. Just in the same that way Tris has the power to go up against Jeanine so I mean…I could go on for hours.
Zoe’s favorite day on the set involved a cafeteria and burgers!
What has been your favorite day on set?
Shailene: Oh Zoe, tell them…your favorite day!
Zoe: Shit…what day, is there a day I should be remembering…oh we did crowd surfing! We had this amazing day where we got to like crowd surf for like 45 minutes straight.
Shailene: It was so fun. So fun. In the cafeteria.
Zoe: All the Dauntless born picked up us up.
Yeah we heard lots of hamburgers…
Shailene: So many hamburgers…so many hamburgers…
Zoe: That was a good day.
Shailene: It was a good day.
14 hours of Ferris wheel #ROMANCE!
Zoe: (to Shailene) What was your favorite day?
Shailene: The ferris wheel was one of my favorite days. Just ‘cause that was badass. I’ll probably never get to climb a ferris wheel again. And I got to be on a ferris wheel for like 14 hours with Theo…
Zoe: Hashtag romance
Shailene: Hashtag romance…and bromance…
Attention: Zoe Kravitz isn’t a tweeter!
Zoe, you’re not on Twitter are you?
When our interview session is over, we are asked if we want to take photos with Shailene and Zoe with the Pit as our backdrop by Jaap Buitendijk (famous Harry Potter stills photographer). *Insert Shai voice* HECK YEAH! It was fun to be a supermodel for about 2.5 minutes, NOT. That part was all a blur. I wish I had those photos to share with you now, but the moment I get them, you will know it! This is just PART 1 of my set visit...there is so much more.