'The Fault in Our Stars': Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort Promise 'Uplifting' Film (Video)
Author John Green also told "Today" on Monday that he often cried while writing the novel, and Woodley and Elgort expanded on playing terminally ill teens.
The Fault in Our Stars actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, along with author John Green, appeared on Today on Monday morning to clarify that though the film centers on two teens who are terminally ill -- and may trigger more than a few tears -- their story is not one about death.
"It's completely uplifting -- to me, it celebrates life," Woodley said. "It does deal with some heavy subjects, but you don't leave feeling grief-stricken. You leave feeling with this new sense of hope and celebration for what exists."
Green said of his novel, "I cried a lot while writing it, certainly, but I really feel so proud of the movie that they made, because this could've been a sentimental story, this could have been sort of gauzy, but it isn't. It's just beautiful, raw and honest."
Elgort commented on his leading role. "It was really daunting at first … this character is so important -- there are so many people who love this guy and this story. That's why all these fans are outside here, so I really didn't want to mess Augustus Waters up." And after a clip of his break-dancing aired, the New York City native and former ballet dancer noted that it's more of a tool for showmanship than anything. "As an actor, it's more fun to make it entertaining and funny -- I'm not actually that good, to be honest!"
Woodley also added that she loves the audition process in general and repeated how she was initially pushed away for being too old (director Josh Boone wanted a 16-year-old actress), while Green laughed about how his "dramatically unnecessary" cameo was cut for good reason.
Watch the video below: