5. Roth considered writing parts of Allegiant from Caleb’s and Natalie’s point of view.
At the 2013 National Book Festival, you stated that you almost wrote the book from Caleb’s and someone else’s perspective. Can you tell us who that person was?
VR: I tried out Caleb, I tried out Tobias (obviously that one worked), and I tried out journal entries retrospective from Natalie’s point of view to intersperse with the forward narrative. That couldn’t sustain over the entire book, and it didn’t address the story from the angles that I wanted to address it from, so I had to get rid of that one too.
Was it weird writing from Tobias’ point of view or did you love switching voices?
VR: I thought it was fun because Tris’ voice is very stereotypically masculine, very straightforward, very direct, kind of repetitive. Tobias’ is a little more poetic, a little more descriptive, and he generally shares more. Tris is always withholding, but Tobias shares everything, so it was interesting to see those dynamics and how they turned over my expectations of those people. It was fun, but it was hard.
Check out Teen Vogue’s list of five things we should know about Ansel Elgort! As we know, he is currently filming Divergent now and has been cast as Augustus in the upcoming adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars — so it’s probably a good idea to get to know this rising star better!
He’s an off-Broadway alum. When he was still in high school, Ansel starred on the stage in Regrets with Alexis Bledel. He attended LaGuardia—because of course he did!—where other notable graduates include everyone from Al Pacino to Nicki Minaj.
He’s making his big-screen debut in Carrie. Ansel plays the school heartthrob slash swoon-worthy, albeit blood-covered, prom king in the horror reboot with Chloë Moretz.
He’s starring in another important YA movie adaptation. Divergent, based on the dystopian bestseller, also features The Fault in Our Stars actress Shailene Woodley along with Miles Teller and Zoë Kravitz.
He’s a trained ballet dancer. Ansel spent years taking lessons from the esteemed coach who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan. He’s also a talented tap-dancer who once performed at the CFDA Awards. When he’s not busting a move (or acting on screen, or acting on the stage, or just hanging with friends because he is a teenager), he plays the piano and writes songs. In short, there’s nothing this kid can’t do.
He’s modeled for Teen Vogue. In case you’re not convinced he can do everything, Ansel was shot by his famous fashion photog father, Arthur Elgort, in the April 2009 issue and managed to make baggy farmboy overalls look impossibly dapper. Just imagine how dreamy he’ll look on the red carpet!
It was reported last week that Ansel Elgort will be staring opposite Shailene Woodley as her love interest in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. While a number of people have regarded this move as a bit weird– as the two stars are currently cast as siblings in Divergent –both Shailene and author John Green tell Entertainment Weekly they are convinced Ansel is the perfect Augustus.
Funnily enough, Elgort and Woodley are already working together. They’re currently filming Divergent with director Neil Burger (based upon the Veronica Roth book) where they play brother and sister, Caleb and Beatrice Prior. “I keep joking with Ansel about it,” Shailene tells EW with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘In a few months, buddy, you’re going to be my lover.’”
But all joking aside, Woodley seems thrilled with her future onscreen romantic pairing. “Ansel is so good. I’m so excited. He blew it out of the water,” she says of the time they read the parts of Gus and Hazel together. “And he’s a real sweetheart. I’m so excited to have him in my life.”
The filmmakers certainly agree: Wyck Godfrey previously told EW: ”We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus. His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in Divergent with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of Fault will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once.”
Have you been voting in the Clash of the Epic Characters?! Starting today (9/17) to Wednesday (9/19) two characters from Divergent will be battling it out for the title of the most epic of the epic-est characters in YA history!
JACE WAYLAND (THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS) VS. CALEB PRIOR (DIVERGENT)
TOBIAS/FOUR (DIVERGENT) VS. BRENDA (THE MAZE RUNNER)
It’s going to really hard for Caleb to beat Jace from The Mortal Instruments so he’ll need all the help we can give him! Tobias/Four is up against Brenda from The Maze Runner.. let’s make sure he’s not just a “runner” up! You have until the 19th to cast your vote!!