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Shailene Woodley (Tris)
The role: In a futuristic dystopia where 16-year-olds must choose between five factions — Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent) — Tris (born Beatrice Prior of Abnegation) comes of age and gives herself a new name when she defects to the Dauntless faction. She’s branded Divergent during her aptitude tests, meaning she could belong to any number of factions (in her case, Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite), but her evaluator warns her to keep it a secret, deleting any record of her results. Being Divergent is dangerous for some unknown reason, and Tris is initially confused and frightened by the designation. When it comes time for her to choose her faction, she instinctively selects Dauntless, shocking both her family and herself. Yet, as she faces her first test as a member of the fearless faction — jumping from a moving train onto a roof — she finds a strength in herself she didn?t know she had, a strength she will come to rely on throughout the traitorous initiation process.
The actor: Currently holding down a starring role in ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Woodley broke out with a buzzy turn in 2011’s The Descendants. Coming up, she’ll play Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and she’s also attached to the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. —Tara Fowler
Image Credit: Rob Kim/WireImage
April 16 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT