Shailene Woodley tells BuzzFeed she insisted her character be wig-free in the second film of the Divergent trilogy. And Theo James calls the movie “so much bigger.”
When Insurgent hits theaters in March 2015, viewers won't be seeing the long-haired Tris (Shailene Woodley) they came to know in 2014's Divergent, the first film in the trilogy based on Veronica Roth's novels. Instead, the character will be rocking the blonde pixie cut Woodley sported at 2014's San Diego Comic-Con (above right) this past weekend.
"This is what you'll be seeing," she told BuzzFeed while promoting the Divergent Blu-ray/DVD release. "I talked to the director [Robert Schwentke] because I didn't want to wear a wig. I think wigs always look wiggy, especially in an action movie. We're running so much and doing so much, I think, technically, a wig would have looked quite shitty."
While Tris does get a shoulder-length haircut in the book, the filmmakers decided to embrace the pixie cut Woodley already had — a remnant of The Fault in Our Stars, the cancer drama she filmed between Divergent and Insurgent. "I think it's cool to have a young heroine with short hair," Woodley enthused, calling the overall aesthetic "more modern."
Theo James, who plays Four in the Divergent franchise, sees the style as a constant reminder of how much his character's girlfriend has changed since choosing the Dauntless faction in Divergent. "When I'm looking at Shai on screen, now you get a character progression in a visual way," he told BuzzFeed. "There's a maturity and a difference between the character here and in the first movie."