Jennifer Lawrence Emailed Shailene Woodley: You Must Do Divergent (VIDEO)
As attractive as a high-profile role in a hugely-anticipated YA book adaptation might seem to us laypeople, Shailene Woodley needed an extra push to join Divergent. Luckily, Lionsgate knew who to call upon to persuade the 22-year-old actress: its Hunger Gamesstar Jennifer Lawrence.
"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 explains to The Hollywood Reporter. "[Even] if you don't find something creatively stimulating anymore, you've still got to do it legally."
Jennifer — a Secret Life fan herself — exchanged a series of emails with Shailene, raving about the doors a movie like Divergent could open.
Shailene quotes J.Law as having said, "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."
"I don't know what happened," Lionsgate co-president Erik Feig tells the magazine. "But I do know that, after that interaction, Shailene said: 'OK, now I'll make Divergent. Let's talk.'"