Divergentstar Theo James Wanted Kiss Shailene Woodleyhard
' Divergent ' fans everywhere have a long checklist of scenes they're looking forward to seeing on the big screen in March — the characters jumping on and off elevator trains, for example — but there is one sight that probably tops the list.
Like any young-adult adaptation, it's the kiss between the heroine and her love interest — in this case, Shailene Woodley as Tris, and Theo James as the mighty Four.
So when MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with James and co-star Miles Teller, who plays Peter, during the VMA All Access Experience, the romance at the heart of 'Divergent' and on-set chemistry was a big topic of conversation. And James recalled exactly how meeting Woodley went down.
'It was fun. She is exactly as Miles said. She is very individual as a person. She has a strong sense of identity, and she also had a strong sense of the character and how she wanted to play it,' he said. 'She had a very strong — in a good way — sense of what Four should be in the best possible way. It was actually kind of quite easy.'
Not one to shy away from the hard questions, Teller jumped in to get the scoop on the first kiss between James and Woodley. 'The first time you guys kissed, I think I was there,' Teller said. 'Was it when we were on the train? Could you talk a little about that? I think everyone's going to be interested in that.'
And surely to the delight of 'Divergent' fans everywhere, James obliged, sharing some of the more intimate details of his on-screen kiss with Woodley.
'I just went at it hard, to be honest, because I thought that's how she wanted it. I thought to assuage any awkwardness I would just go for it. She was kind of batting away my hands,' he said. 'It was kind of nice because we had Miles as Peter literally in the background as we were kissing. He was making hissing noises which actually added to the sexuality.'
The first full teaser for 'Divergent' will premiere tomorrow, August 25 during the pre-show for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, which starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The actual show begins an hour later at 9 p.m ET/PT.