Shailene Woodley and Jennifer LawrenceAP


Shailene Woodley wasn't always certain "Divergent" -- Neil Burger's upcoming film adaptation of Veronica Roth's hit dystopian YA novel -- would be her best next career move.

With her long-running ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" finally a wrap (the finale aired in June), Woodley was initially hesitant about committing to another multi-year deal. "The thought of signing a four-year contract was very daunting, and doing a huge franchise movie that has the potential to be very successful was frightening to me," she told Vanity Fair while at Comic-Con last week. "I never wanted that amount of attention, and the thought of losing my anonymity was not something that I was looking forward to."

So before accepting the role of Tris, she solicited advice from other folks in Hollywood, including "Hunger Games" and "X-Men" franchise star Jennifer Lawrence. While Woodley has yet to meet the Oscar-winning actress, she revealed that Lawrence "gave me really beautiful advice and said that I should definitely take it."

Apparently, after telling Woodley that headlining a film franchise "will be the best thing that ever happened," Lawrence offered the following pearls of wisdom: "[D]on't be an idiot, do a sex tape, [or] do drugs. And go to Whole Foods when your movie opens."

On her own, Woodley decided that the benefits of playing Tris would outweigh any potential negatives. "[I]f it's successful, there are a lot of great things that you can do with that kind of attention," she concluded.

"Divergent," which also stars Theo James, is set to hit theaters March 21, 2014. Thank you, J-Law, for convincing S-Wood to star.

[via Vanity Fair]


'Divergent' Panel at Comic-Con 2013