Veronica Roth sold the film rights to her first novel, Divergent, at the ripe old age of 22. Fast-forward three years: The highly anticipated film adaptation hits theaters today and stars actress Shailene Woodley. We girl-talked with these two soon-to-be household names about the film’s makeup looks. BECKY PEDERSON
A major theme in Divergent surrounds the idea of transformation. Let’s talk about that literally! Shailene, any memorable looks from the film?
SHAILENE WOODLEY: I dyed my hair blonde—what a strange process!
The character Tris wears a pretty minimal look, but it’s still a big moment in the film when she puts on makeup for the first time.
VERONICA ROTH: Tris’s story is so much about forming a new identity for herself—she’s taught, growing up, that she needs to blend in. But she makes some bold decisions that bring out her real self, and I wanted to show a moment [where] she declares that she likes who she’s becoming even though it scares her a little, and that’s really where the makeup scene comes from.
Even though there is a romantic storyline, it seems Tris isn’t concerned with being pretty.
VR: Tris isn’t traditionally beautiful, and she never becomes that way. But the makeup (and the clothes, and the tattoos) help her to see herself for who she really is, and to claim her new identity in a powerful way.
SW: I love that [the film] doesn’t hide anything. It isn’t afraid to be what it is: messy, uncomfortable, exhilarating…. Life is a full spectrum of emotion and circumstance, and Divergent dabbles in all realms.
Do you feel like there is power in wearing makeup?
VR: To me, makeup is powerful because putting it on can be a way of saying, “This is my body, and this is how I choose to make it look.”