The 21-year-old did a lot of interviews – including one with Vanity Fair. She shared that she initially was reluctant to sign on Divergent. Referring to her time on The Secret Life of the American Teenager – she admitted, “I was nervous because I had just gotten out of a five-year series, which was a six-year contract. I sort of learned my lesson about signing into things for a long period of time.”
“The thought of signing a four-year contract was very daunting, and doing a huge franchise movie that has the potential to be very successful was frightening to me. I never wanted that amount of attention, and the thought of losing my anonymity was not something that I was looking forward to.”
Knowing Jennifer Lawrence has already been through Hunger Games – she asked the Oscar winner for advice.
Woodley said, “I have still yet to meet Jennifer in the flesh, but I had a slight interaction with her where I asked her about Hunger Games and what it was like, and her life and how much it has changed. It was nice asking someone who has been through the process and is kind of seasoned in the young-adult franchise. She gave me really beautiful advice and said that I should definitely take it.”
Adding her words of wisdom: “It will be the best thing that ever happened. But don’t be an idiot, do a sex tape, [or] do drugs. And go to Whole Foods when your movie opens. She’s a badass. She’s amazing.”
She added, “In addition to her advice, I kind of came to the conclusion that there is a lot of beauty that can come of something like this, and if it’s successful, there are a lot of great things that you can do with that kind of attention.”