'Divergent' Author Veronica Roth Sneaks Into Screening Incognito

Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth
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This story first appeared in the April 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Author Veronica Roth, who wrote the Divergent books, snuck into the film's Los Angeles press screening in early March without anyone noticing. The 25-year-old covered her signature pixie haircut with a hood and surreptitiously strolled into the theater after the lights went down.

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"The only thing I didn't want was for people to watch me watching the movie instead of watching the movie," says Roth, who left moments before the credits rolled. The author's profile has been raised since her Harper Collins novels were acquired by Summit to make the Shailene Woodley-starring films, but she says she largely has been able to avoid the limelight.

"I call it 'fame tourism' when you're an author," says Roth. "You're famous in the bookstore when you have the event, or at a movie premiere, but two blocks away from here -- nothing."

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