Jennifer Lawrence Convinced Shailene Woodley to Star in Divergent

(via: NYPost)
(via: NYPost)

If you are like me, you are counting the days, hours, and minutes until Divergent hits the big screen. But from the sounds of it, if Shailene Woodley ever wins an award for her role in the film, she has to thank Jennifer Lawrence first and foremost.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Woodley revealed that Lawrence sent her multiple emails encouraging her to sign on to play Tris in Veronica Roth’s trilogy saying, “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.”

But the 22-year-old questioned whether or not signing a contract was the right move for her career. “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,” she admitted.

Shailene starred in ABC Family’s hit show The Secret Life of an American Teenager, where she spent five years of her career, then moved on to her breakout role in The Descendants.

She may not have brought home a huge chunk of change for her role as George Clooney’s troubled daughter in The Descendants, but THR reported that Woodley is looking to make between $250,000-$500,000 with Divergent, which hits theaters March 21st.

-Celeste Piraino

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