By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Shailene Woodley reprises her role as rebellious outcast Tris Prior in “Insurgent,” the second installment of the big screen adaptation of the futuristic action adventure young adult novels by Veronica Roth.
Shearing off her long locks at the beginning of the sequel, Woodley is in fighting form as a rare Divergent, someone who doesn’t fit neatly into one of five societal classifications or factions in a fictional post-apocalyptic Chicago. Accompanied by boyfriend Four (Theo James, reprising his role) and a handful of other renegades who have managed to escape Jeanine (Kate Winslet, also returning), the power-hungry leader of the Erudite faction, part two opens with Tris holed up on the far reaches of the walled city amongst the more peace-loving Amity types. Tracked down by Jeanine’s army, Tris and her friends narrowly escape by a passing train headed back to the city, where they don’t make friends with some rebels calling themselves the Factionless.
Heartsick and guilt-ridden over the deaths of her family and friends, Tris tries to uncover the secret her parents sacrificed their lives to protect, which turns out to be the reason why Jeanine will stop at nothing to capture her. Darker, and more violent than the first film, “Insurgent” required a lot more of the young actress both emotionally and physically.
Still sporting short hair, the 23-year old actress spoke about starring in the second of what is planned to be four films involving this action-packed fantasy adventure.