Published On: Thu, Mar 27th, 2014

Ashley Judd discusses ‘Divergent,’ her motherly role and the wiping out Shailene Woodley

Divergent dominated at the box office over the weekend, highlighting the talents of young actress Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Co-star actress Ashley Judd reflected on working on the new big teen film and having such a big role in the trilogy during a Mar. 25 interview with Hero Complex.

divergent-ashley-judd-tony-goldwyn“I certainly noted that the author dedicated the book to her mother, and that of course grabbed my attention,” Judd notes about taking the role before learning how prominent the part would be in the series.

“I thought that was really prophetic. And that even if the character wasn’t unpacked in books two and three, that there was something really powerful of her that was in the waft and the weave of the story.”

The motherly nature of her character was some easy to compare to her real world.

“I believe that mothering is a verb, and that we all parent. I’ve got a really large family of choice and lots of little kids in my life, from 6 months old to 17, and everybody comes over to the house regularly. We call them picnics even if we’re indoors. And I was talking with a friend of mine recently, and we were talking about a book called “Positive Parenting,” and he was suggesting that I read it because whenever we’re in a group, whenever we’re together, we’re all parenting. So I felt that very much in the movie.”

Divergent has a lot of action and the High Crimes star says it was intense.

“I loved that, except I wiped out No. 1 on the call sheet [Woodley] once, because I’m just so confident and physically aggressive. It was during the shootout scene where we’re crossing the wide open boulevard, and I had on my picture shoes which were really not made for running and sliding and stopping and stuff, and so I had a lot of skid momentum, and I just kind of… not my most shining moment. It’s OK to do it to myself, but not OK to do it to No. 1 on the call sheet, who’s got three weeks of filming left.”

Check out the full interview HERE

Insurgent comes to theaters March 20, 2015. The third film in the trilogy, Allegiant, is set for March 18, 2016.


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