‘Divergent’ Set Visit: Shailene Woodley Says Tris Is Not A ‘Badass’

Typically, it takes any article about “Divergent” a dozen words before the writer mentions “The Hunger Games”—but during MTV News’ trip to the Chicago set of the dystopian YA adaptation, its star Shailene Woodley painted a picture of her character Tris that didn’t sound anything like Katniss Everdeen.

“The interesting thing about Tris is — I don’t think she’s a badass,” Woodley said. “She’s not a superhero. She’s not an action star, and I think that there is something really refreshing about bringing a very normal adolescent to life in a way where she has to rise to the occasion and find her brave heart and be really courageous in situations where she doesn’t necessarily want to be.”

“Divergent,” based on the novel by Veronica Roth, tells a story set in the future, where society has suffered a significant blow due to a war and it now organizes itself by it personality traits.

The movie will have a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con this week, and MTV News will be there with the cast live. Our coverage kicks off tomorrow, and we will bring you every update from the geekiest gathering of the year.