Shailene Woodley Felt Like a "Badass" During 'Insurgent'

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Divergent series fans can expect a lot more action when Insurgent premieres next week, particularly with Shailene Woodley's butt-kicking scenes.

The actress opened up about which sequence made her feel most like a "badass," telling reporters at the Insurgent junket Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif., "There's one really rad sequence when Tris is chasing the house and we had like four or five stunt doubles there, where it was like a bunch of women with short hair in the same outfit walking down. It was really funny."

"I got to do a lot when the house was tilting," she continued. "We were on wires and you could slide down. The house was tilted at a 90-degree angle and that was bad ass because I felt like if I don't grab this pull I'm not gonna get hurt, but I'm gonna be dangling in the air with a crazy bad wedgie."

Since shooting Divergent, Shailene has gone on to star in White Bird in a Blizzard and Fault in Our Stars. As for what her experience was like returning to the role of Tris in Insurgent after those and other projects she's been working on, the thesp said it was "much more difficult than I expected."
67540.cr2"I didn't take into account that I, myself, had grown for a year," she continued. "I figured going back into her would be simple, because I would just go back into that mindset, but my personal mindset had progressed a year. So, I had to go back to who Shai was a year prior to get back into Tris's head."

Although she had difficulties getting back into the character at first, Shailene surprisingly didn't have a ton of training for the fighting and other action-packed scenes in the film. "In the first movie we did a lot of choreography and fight training and this one was basic fitness," she continued. "It wasn't anything too intense."

Tune into our live AOL BUILD Live Video Q&A interview with Shailene and Theo James on Tuesday, March 17 at 4 p.m. ET here on Cambio. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a tune-in reminder!

Don't miss Shailene in action when Insurgent hits theaters May 20.

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