Shailene Woodley is well on her way to the top of Hollywood’s A-list: the actress, 21, has already completed work for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise (for more on what’s happening with that, click here) and snagged the lead in the eagerly awaited adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. However, she tells EW, she almost didn’t take on the role of heroine Tris Prior in Divergent. “My agents were like, ‘Are you f—ing crazy?’ But I said if this movie is successful, things will change and I don’t want that.”
But after numerous discussions with confidents such as her mother and her Descendants director, Alexander Payne, she decided to take the plunge. “What I like about Tris is that she’s isn’t perfect. She’s not a superhero—she’s not Katniss. She doesn’t know how to shoot a bow and arrow, she’s not a badass by nature.”
For more on Divergent—including photos and interviews with the cast and director—pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, June 21.