‘Divergent’ Star Shailene Woodley Says Four Needs ‘Natural Masculine Power’

We’ve already heard what “Divergent” star Shailene Woodley thinks about the darker elements of Veronica Roth’s novel (mind control totally happens, guys!), but what does the actress have to say about the men vying for the role of Tris’ love interest Four?

Well, let’s back up. The last we heard, three Hollywood hotties were screen-testing opposite the 21-year-old: Alex Pettyfer, Jeremy Irvine and Lucas Till (who was called back after an earlier round of auditions). And, as it turns out, Shailene has a very particular idea about the traits an actor should (and should not) have in order to portray the Dauntless factioner.

“The thing about Four is that he has to be a man. No feminine actors, please,” she said. “You cannot walk in that room in pretty little boots and pretend you’re a man. I’m sorry. You need to walk in there, and you need to not have muscles that look good and not actually work. There have been a few guys that have this power about them. It’s a natural masculine power that some people have and some people don’t. There’s nothing good or bad or wrong or right about it. This character needs to be extremely masculine, and his eyes need to scream vulnerability and sensitivity. It’s really hard to find in a dude, especially a dude who can act.”

And according to Shailene, at least two men have caught her eye. Though she didn’t name drop, she did give a brief glimpse of what these reads have been like:

“It’s more just the chemistry between the two of us and seeing if we do have that chemistry or can work on that chemistry—seeing if our back-and-forth dialogue makes any sense with each other,” she explained. “There’s a lot of standards that have to be met.”

Click play on the video above to hear more from Shailene, including how she’s preparing to portray Tris!