It’s pretty much a VMA tradition at this point for stars to debut new looks on the red carpet, and Sunday night it was Shailene Woodley‘s turn. The young actress was there to help premiere a first look at “Divergent,” her upcoming thriller, but her hair, cut short for another YA adaptation, “The Fault in Our Stars,” shared the spotlight.
The cropped ‘do debuted on Woodley’s Instagram last week, but the VMAs marked the look’s first big public outing, and Woodley told MTV News that she couldn’t be happier with it. “It’s awesome. The actual cut of it is very Midwestern, 17-year-old girl, which is the character I’m portraying,” she said. “It’s fun to embody this sort of energy for a while.”
The new look is all part of getting into the character of Hazel Grace Lancaster, the protagonist of John Green’s best-selling book, but Shailene has found her own freedom in losing her locks. “I feel lighter. I also feel strong, especially when I’m able to cut it the way I want to cut it,” she said. “I’m not nervous at all, so excited. I love it.”
While Woodley’s hair was connected to “The Fault in Our Stars,” she was just as thrilled to hear people’s reactions to the “Divergent” first look. “I think people will be very enthused by how it looks visually very different from a lot of other young adult films,” she said.
Her co-star, Miles Teller, had a good feeling about how fans of Veronica Roth’s novel would react to the first footage. “It’s exciting. You work on something for a couple months, and you hope when it comes out that people are going to see it. I think with ‘Divergent,’ there’s a good chance that a lot of people are going to see it. That’s always fun,” he said. “I would say that if you read the book, which a lot of people have, that it’s very true to the book, so you’ll see a lot of stuff that you’ll remember, a lot of action. It’s a big movie.”
“The Fault in Our Stars” begins filming this week, and “Divergent” hits theaters on March 21, 2014.