Shailene Woodley Tosses Heels, Dances With Theo James at 'Divergent' NYC Screening
2:20 PM PDT 3/21/2014 by Ashley Lee
Ansel Elgort, director Neil Burger and author Veronica Roth, and "Fault in Our Stars" co-star Nat Wolff also celebrated the film's release at the Hearst Tower and the Wayfarer on March 20 in New York City.
The Divergent heroine wore an Elie Saab jumpsuit to the screening, presented by The Cinema Society and Marie Claire on March 20, but tossed off her Rupert Sanderson pumps in the middle of her press interviews. "Heels -- I mean, they look cool, but how unreal is this?!"
The author of the Divergent book trilogy attended the special screening in a little black dress and a bold red blazer.
From left: director Neil Burger, Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. "The best thing about directing Shai is that she's completely fearless," director Neil BurgertoldTHR. "She's game for anything -- she climbed that ferris wheel at 2 a.m. in 38-degree weather with no gloves, and hung out there for eight hours, 150 feet off the ground. She just did it. What she always said was, 'I'm not afraid of heights, I'm just afraid of falling.'"
Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit
The Girls' actress attended the screening with beau Evan Jonigkeit.
Ansel Elgort, who plays Tris' brother, Caleb, said that "jumping on the train was fun -- I like to rock climb, so I'm already used to jumping on things and grabbing hold."
Nat Wolff attended the screening to support his Fault in Our Stars co-stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James
"Oh man, the stunts were fun, the fighting sequences were really neat," Woodley toldTHR. "I enjoyed those. None of it is real, so the choreography aspect -- it's sort of like dancing. You gotta get the rhythm."
Blue Bloods actress Sami Gayle stopped by the Divergent screening in a neutral top and patterned pants.
Of the film's many stunts, Theo Jamespreferred his initially off-putting character's swift moves. "We came up with this idea that he's efficient and ruthless, so there aren't any triple roundhouse kicks or black flips -- it's more like, someone pisses him off, he jabs them to the throat," he told THR.
Dauntless initiate Amy Newboldsaid she discovered that she "really loved fighting! I'm a very timid person in real life, so getting out the pent-up aggression is great. And I love falling, strangely enough."
Designer Christian Siriano also attended the screening, held at the Hearst Tower in New York City.
After the screening, the cast headed a couple blocks east to the Wayfarer, where they celebrated with cocktails, champagne, and bite-size servings of dishes like big-eye tuna with avocado and soy-lime dressing. While James stayed in his blue-striped suit to dance alongside Elgort and Wolff, Woodley changed into a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren camo-printed tee, jeans and sneakers, and left the Midtown spot just before two in the morning.
Theo James and Andrew Saffir
Theo James (pictured with Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir) told reporters of his action scenes with Woodley, "She's strong, but that doesn't affect her femininity. She doesn't have to sacrifice anything -- because sometimes in movies, [women] are forced to. If they're trying to be strong or tough, they have to almost become a male archetype, but she retains her femininity."
Theo James and Shailene Woodley
After a long day's work, the cast happily unwound together with music jams -- to their neighbors' dismay, said Woodley. "I was working so much so I don't know too much about that, but there was definitely a lot of partying happening, and I think the cops did get called a few times. It's not really fair to the people next door to you who are like, 'It's 4 a.m.! Shut the f--- up!'"
Ansel Elgort and Neil Burger
Ansel Elgort (pictured with director Neil Burger) noted that the film was a learning experience for him as an actor in that "you're in a totally different world, and you just have to keep it normal. 'This is normal life, this is just the circumstances.' I've never been in such a 'world' kind of movie, and it's important that, if you want to stay good and someone people can relate to, just say, 'This is normal. I'm just a human being here.'"
"Regardless of what happens externally, I'm so confident and centered internally," she told reporters of anticipating Divergent's success. "It's like a tornado, right? Everything's like crazy out here, but in the center of the tornado, you can just chill there and look up and say, 'Wow, what a world!'"
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