Theo James Reveals On-Set Kissing Strategy

Theo James (Four) and Miles Teller (Peter) sat down for a chat with MTV’s Josh Horowitz earlier today in an interview that’s leading up to tomorrow’s BIG teaser reveal at the VMAs.  Check out what Theo had to say about kissing Shailene Woodley for the first time on set.


“I just went at it hard, to be honest, because I thought that’s how she wanted it. I thought to assuage any awkwardness I would just go for it. She was kind of batting away my hands,” he said. “It was kind of nice because we had Miles as Peter literally in the background as we were kissing. He was making hissing noises which actually added to the sexuality.”

If you’d like to hear Theo speak those words–yes, we know you do–click here for the video!

Sneak Peek at First Official Divergent Footage!

Initiates, mark your calendars!  MTV has announced that Shailene Woodley and Theo James will be presenting the first official footage from Divergent Sunday at the VMA pre-show!  But you don’t have to wait until then to get a sneak peek as MTV released a 10-second teaser earlier today–click the image below to watch!

divergent first look

The VMA pre-show begins at 8 pm ET/PT this Sunday, August 25!

MTV to Live-Stream DIVERGENT Comic-Con Event

If you can’t make it to Comic-Con this year, fear not, MTV has got you covered!  A live stream of the Divergent cast interviews which will take place this Thursday, July 18th at 2 pm ET.  To tune in, visit MTV’s Comic-Con page.


From MTV:

MTV News’ Josh Horowitz will sit down with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Neil Burger, Veronica Roth, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lamb, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Miles Teller, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold for an in-depth chat about the upcoming film.

Shailene Woodley Discusses Four With MTV

When MTV caught up with Shailene Woodley at Sundance earlier this month, she made it clear what she is looking for in the actor who’ll play the Four to her Tris in Divergent – masculinity!

Shailene Woodley MTVThough Woodley didn’t name names, she was specific about what traits a would-be Four should possess.

“The thing about Four is that he has to be a man. No feminine actors, please,” she said. “You cannot walk in that room in pretty little boots and pretend you’re a man. I’m sorry. You need to walk in there, and you need to not have muscles that look good and not actually work. There have been a few guys that have this power about them. It’s a natural masculine power that some people have and some people don’t. There’s nothing good or bad or wrong or right about it. This character needs to be extremely masculine, and his eyes need to scream vulnerability and sensitivity. It’s really hard to find in a dude, especially a dude who can act.”

See her complete interview here.

Shailene Woodley talks Divergent at Sundance

Josh Horowitz from MTV News caught up with Shailene Woodley at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where she was promoting her new film The Spectacular Now, and got the first big interview about her involvement in Divergent!

Click the photo to see Shailene explain why she decided to take on Divergent:

Click to see the interview!

Click to see the interview!

On why she loved Divergent:
“It’s very metaphorical for things that are going on today, specifically things that I’m passionate about and things that I want to make public and things that I want to educate people on, so I think it’s a really great platform not only artistic, but also on a human level…”

But why she also had her concerns before taking the project:
“I’ve been acting for 16 years and it was never something that I wanted to do, to be in a big blockbuster film, especially one that was similar to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Twilight’.” (in the sense that they’re big blockbuster films)

Vote for Insurgent in MTV’s Best YA Novel of 2012 Poll

Insurgent is nominated in MTV’s poll of best YA novels of 2012!  Click here to vote. Be warned – it’s a long list full of great reads!  Polls close December 17th.


Hollywood Crush Fancasts Four

Now that we’ve got our Tris in the form of Shailene Woodley, everyone is wondering who will play Four!

Alexander Ludwig has met with producer Doug Wyck about the role, however these type of meetings are common in Hollywood and usually happen with multiple actors before auditions even begin, so nothing is set in stone.

In the meantime, MTV Hollywood Crush is naming their picks for Four, some of which even factor in the fact that Four is actually a mixed race character nicely!

Jesse Williams
Okay, we’ll admit it: At 31, Jesse may be a teensy bit old at this point to pass as an 18-year-old onscreen…but with the role of Four calling for dark hair, piercing blue eyes and a certain gravitas, he’s certainly packing a lot of, um, qualifications.

Matthew Lewis
After years of playing the overlooked, doofy Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” franchise, Matthew is perfectly positioned to step into the spotlight as the star of the “Divergent” adaptation. And considering that he’s become a bona fide hunk of late, all he’d need for this one is an American accent.

Diego Boneta
From bit parts in “Pretty Little Liars” to his big breakout in “Rock of Ages,” Diego has been an impressive new presence in Hollywood of late; we like him so much, we even added him to the cast of our new show, “Underemployed.” But hey, if Hollywood wants him to ride the Dauntless train, we’d offer him a ride to the station.

Like these picks? See the rest of them here!