Shailene Woodley Hosts 'Divergent' Screening for Her Nonprofit Organization
The actress was joined by her mother, Lori Woodley, while explaining how her character in the action film encompasses the mission of their organization, All It Takes.
The night before Divergent’s star-studded Los Angeles premiere, Shailene Woodley returned to her hometown on Monday to hold a special film screening and Q&A on behalf of All It Takes, the nonprofit organization that she and her mother, Lori Woodley, co-founded.
In collaboration with Summit Entertainment, Woodley was joined by Divergent author Veronica Roth and her co-stars, including Theo James, at the Muvico Theater in Thousand Oaks, California.
Woodley, who grew up in the nearby town of Simi Valley, opted to escape the glitz and glamour of nearby Hollywood to have an intimate night with her fans. Dressed in denim shorts and a casual top, the actress was even comfortable enough to ditch her shoes while answering burning questions in the place she called home.
"It feels right," said Woodley. "It feels like home for All It Takes. The Hollywood scene is really important and beautiful but it's also really great to come to a normal situation where 99.99 percent of the world exists."
All It Takes was founded by Shailene and her mom with the idea that everyone can do something that they're passionate about to help promote kindness and positivity in the community.
"Do something outside of yourself," said Lori. "My thought is, if you can see your light and recognize other people's light and accept it all, then we will have more happy people. Happy people don't pick on each other."
With an annual youth leadership camp attended by students from participating California middle schools, Lori says the traits of her daughter's character in Divergent represent the goals of their organization.
"She had to leave her family," said Lori. "She had to make a choice that was hard in some ways but fueled her soul. It's over the top, that's the Hollywood piece, but the reality is we think about things and for fear-based reasons we don't take the leap that would be important to take for our souls and everyone else's.
"All It Takes is about bringing the community together to support one another and to encourage each other with leadership, positivity, compassion, empathy, and I think that Tris' journey really exemplifies that," she explained to THR.
During the Q&A, Shailene discussed her film's message of equally strong female and male characters and shared that if she could add a new faction for the characters to live in, it would be for music. When asked if there was a common food most people have eaten that she has never tried, she answered "McDonald's."