Tris and Four relationship gets rocky
Young Adult Hollywood got a chance to sit with Shailene Woodley about The Divergent Series: Insurgent and returning to that work with a new director, more stunts, and of course, the Tris and Four relationship.
What was it like to get back into Tris mode?
Shailene: Getting back into Tris was much more difficult than I anticipated. I figured going back into her world would be simple, but what I didn’t take into account was that I had grown. My personal mindset had progressed in my own evolution. I had to go back into who Shai was a year ago to get back into Tris’ mind.
On dealing with director Neil Burger leaving and being replaced by Robert Schwentke:
Shailene: It was strange to wrap your head around a new director. Neil created this visual world which took ‘Divergent’ from the page to the screen. He breathed life into the work… When I first met Robert, I was thrilled that he was a genuinely warm human being… He made me feel instantly comfortable. He also doesn’t have an ego and was very open to collaboration. If someone came in and didn’t care about what the rest of us thought, there might have been an intensity to the situation because we knew this world so well.
Talk about the stunts? When did you feel bad ass?
Shailene: There is one really rad scene when Tris is chasing a burning house and both the house and Tris fly away and are mid-air. We had four or five stunt doubles on the set. A bunch of women with short hair were walking around and that was really funny. I got to do a lot of that stunt, which meant there was a house tilting on wires with me on wires hanging on. At one point, the house was tilted at a 90 degree angle and that was pretty badass. Flames were coming out of the windows. I had to swing around and grab a pole. If I didn’t grab the pole, I would have been dangling in the air with a crazy, bad wedgie.
How do you describe the relationship between Tris and Four?
Shailene: One of the reasons I fell in love so deeply with ‘Divergent’ was the relationship between Tris and Four. It’s grounded in truth, respect and authenticity… It’s not just the basic infatuation based on surface level young love; these two people see each other as individuals, which heightens the curiosity about the other because each also carries a strong mystique.
On Tris and Four:
Shailene: I love that their relationship is rocky in this film. It’s not a case where every time they see each other that they run into each other’s arms and feel instantly safe… They put up walls, which is what happens in partnerships. Everything has an ebb and flow in a relationship. It’s real because relationships aren’t perfect.
You can read the complete interview at Young Adult Hollywood.