What freaks Divergent stars out the most?


If you think the answer is the crazy amount of diehard fans, you’re absolutely wrong. In fact, every Divergent cast member we’ve chatted with has been pumped that the movie (set to hit screens March 21) already has such a huge following.

For those not familiar with the flick (or Veronica Roth’s book by the same name), the story follows 16-year-old Tris Prior in a dystopian Chicago that is divided into five factions. There’s Abnegation (meant for the selfless), Amity (meant for the peaceful), Candor (meant for the honest), Dauntless (meant for the brave) and Erudite (meant for the knowledgeable). Each year, all 16-year-olds must take an aptitude test to determine which of the five factions they’re best suited for. And after receiving their results, they have the choice to either stay with their family or transfer to a new faction on Choosing Day.

The thing is, Tris Prior fits into more than one faction. Three to be exact. When the results of her aptitude test come back inconclusive, she is considered “Divergent”—but must not tell anyone or risk losing her life.

On Choosing Day, she decides to leave her family (part of the Abnegation faction) to join Dauntless. While there, she is faced with a pretty crazy initiation process—including one stage that forces all initiates to endure various simulations symbolic of their fears.

We hung out with the Divergent cast last spring on the flick’s Chicago set and got some insight into the type of fear landscapes they might encounter should they ever be initiating for the Dauntless faction. Read on to see what they had to say.

Stair Lift

“I don’t mind jumping off things, but climbing up? I used to have this reoccurring dream where I was constantly climbing a set of vertical stairs, and I think that’s from when I was a kid and I fell off some stairs and fell on my head. So that would be one. Bananas would be another. I hate bananas.” – Theo James / “Four”

Space Between

“I’m not as fearless as my character [Eric], that’s for sure. I’m pretty claustrophobic, so tight spaces.” – Jai Courtney / “Eric”  

Great Heights

“I wasn’t afraid of heights, but [I’m afraid of] the balconies in our [Chicago] hotels that are really small. I grew up in New York and I love heights, but Chicago’s kind of freak me out.” – Miles Teller / “Peter”

Water Wonder

“Open water. I will not swim in the ocean because I’m like, ‘What’s in there?’ It’s just the unknown, you know? That and not being able to get to shore and getting stuck. Also, broken glass. I have a huge hear of stepping on it and being cut.” – Amy Newbold / “Molly” 

Want more Divergent fun? Read what happened when we hung out with the film’s ah-dorable fellas on the Chicago set HERE

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by Patricia McNamara | 2/1/2016
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