But it turns out the 22-year-old, who had a large fan following thanks to
"Having come off a TV show, I was kind of in the place where I was like, 'I'm never signing a contract for more than one movie,' because once you do sign a contract, legally, you're liable," Woodley told the
So that's when Lionsgate Co-President Erik Feig enlisted
Apparently, Woodley and the Oscar winner exchanged several emails and Lawrence ultimately said: "'You must do it. You will not regret it for a second. Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this,'" Woodley said.
The sci-fi film sees Woodley as Beatrice "Tris" Prior, a young heroine in futuristic Chicago threatening the dystopian system by diverging from the social order's five factions. Woodley has already locked in the leading role for the next three "Divergent" films.
The young star, who says her "religion is the Earth, man" and professes to "believe in trees," has become an indie film darling whose breakout film role came in 2011 with Alexander Payne's Oscar-winning film
The Los Angeles native's career started at age 5 with TV commercials and has since earned praise for her turn in
"When somebody's doing a sex scene and they're wearing a bra and underwear, that's not how it happens in real life," Woodley said. "If I'm going to say yes to a movie where this is necessary, then I'm going to bring truth to that situation."
It is "risk-taking" films such as "White Bird" that set her apart from Lawrence, Siegel argued. However, she also likens Woodley to being the next
"Divergent," which also stars Theo James and
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