"Divergent" Star Shailene Woodley: No Longer Self Conscious

When I walked into a theater a couple of weeks ago, I had purposely avoided finding out too much about the new film, "Divergent." So many of my friends have read the book and were excited to see how it would translate to the big screen. But I wanted to view it with fresh eyes and without expectations. I had already ruined my film viewing experience with "The Hunger Games," and with "Harry Potter," so I was determined to do it differently with the Veronica Roth adaptation.

My plan worked! I loved the film and can't wait to see more! I spoke to people as I left the screening who read the book first, and they named all the little nuances they found. I'm so glad I wasn't looking for a thing! I'm lying. I was looking for Theo James, lots and lots of him! Go see it when it hits theaters on March 21st.

Lead actress Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") was a total standout and is surely on her way to becoming the next Jennifer Lawrence. Woodley is currently covering the April issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands March 25th, wearing a Tommy Hilfiger swimsuit and pants. 

Photo: Marie Claire/Jan Welters

Here are some quotes from the interview:

On no longer being self-conscious: “My whole life I’ve been so self-conscious about being skinny. And just recently I don’t care anymore. All insecurities are projected because of what you think others are saying about you, but they don’t really matter at all. My only real insecurities in high school were having such long legs and thick hair – things I’m so very grateful for now.”

On her first kiss: “I was the latest bloomer there ever was. I was still playing with Barbies at 14 and didn’t have my first kiss until 15-and-a-half. He had big, beautiful lips, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with those.’” 

On being single: “I just haven’t met anyone where I was like, ‘Wow, I could definitely see myself spending a season of my life with you.’ I don’t even know if humans are genetically made to be with one person forever.” 

On public attention: “I don’t pay any attention to the fan thing, because I think it’s a very strange culture nowadays. People have always been fans of people, but I can’t relate to any of these girls or boys who scream. It’s idolizing someone you don’t know. None of these people know me…”

On George Clooney: “He’s still one of my favorite human beings. The things he talks about in the press, like going to Africa, are about one-thirtieth of the things he does. My mom and George are probably the only two people I’ve ever met who are truly genuine givers.”


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