HLN: “Divergent” could catapult both of you into major stardom. Did you seek advice from anyone about dealing with the potential onslaught of interest in the two of you?
Shailene Woodley: [I’m] taking it day by day; you never know what’s going to happen, so I didn’t take any advice.
Theo James: Being actors, each job you’re on has the potential to go many ways. You do jobs where you think, “Wow, this feels like it’s going to be X or Y” and it isn’t; you might do a job where you think its complete [crap] and then it isn’t. So it is kind of pointless to try and conceptualize that.
HLN: You didn’t call up Jennifer Lawrence for some advice?
Woodley: No, I don’t know Jen, otherwise… (Laughs)
HLN: Your fans really want to know: Are you dating in real life?
Woodley: No, we’re not dating.
James: We’re not dating.
HLN: It seems like you guys are really good friends then.
Woodley: We’re good professionals. I’m just kidding! We get along great.
HLN: Theo, your character, Four, says he doesn’t want to be one thing — just brave or just intelligent — he wants to be all of them. Do you feel this way about yourself as well?
James: That’s one of the messages of the film, that no can be categorized — it’s impossible. So you have to be all the things, embrace all the paths of your personality — whether they are good or bad — because they make you human.
HLN: Shai, at the beginning of the film, your character, Tris, can’t decide which faction she wants to join. Have you ever felt this way in your personal life? Or have you always been very sure of yourself and known who you are?
Woodley: Every single day something comes up where there’s a crossroad and you have to decide which way to go. There are small choices you have to make constantly.
HLN: What about the bigger choices?
Woodley: Bigger choices are huge. Choosing to do “Divergent” was a big decision. Choices come about every single day.
HLN: Do you ever struggle with making decisions, Theo?
James: Oh, 100%. Every day. I think it’s good to try and have a sense of self because that helps in terms of defining who you are and making your decisions, but I think at every point, constantly, you question yourself. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. That’s part of [life]: Learning from mistakes, learning as you go and realizing that every day you’re learning.
HLN: Who do you rely on if you’re really not sure when it comes to a difficult decision?
Woodley: Friends, family.
James: Family is a big part — it’s a Greek thing.
Woodley: You use Twitter a lot, right? (Laughs)
James: Yeah, I ask people, “What should I do for lunch?” Hashtag “fun.”
Woodley: That’s real. People do that.
James: Hashtag “what?”
Woodley: I’m not kidding, Miles [Teller] does that. I don’t even go on Twitter anymore — it’s so crazy now.
HLN: So you like to live off the grid, right, Shai? In the mountains, with a hatchet, getting your own water? How did you get into that?
Woodley: In a nutshell, I started studying indigenous cultures and I really responded to the sovereignty they have and related it back to my own life. I recognized that we can’t go back to the hunter-and-gatherer times, but we can adapt to our ecosystem. We can adapt to the radiation and the drywall and we can flourish and thrive in it. In order to do that, I wanted to learn how to survive in today’s world in knowing how to adapt to situations.
HLN: What’s the No. 1 thing you do that you would share with others?
James: She doesn’t like using toilets — she like to keep it natural.
Woodley: So where do I go to the bathroom?
James: In a field!
Woodley: That’s true — if I’m in the wild, I’ll pee in a field.
James: Well, and your water…
Woodley: Water source is a big thing for me. It’s important to know where our water comes from. In Los Angeles, right now there’s this immense drought, so they are starting all these different water conservation methods. I think it is important to recognize that we turn on the sink in America and it’s so nice because there is always water there, but that’s not the case around the world and that might not always be the case here. So be aware of that fact and where we can source water from and how much we consume.
HLN: Where do you get your water from?
Woodley: From the mountains. There’s an amazing database called findaspring.com that lists many springs around the world. If you know of one, then you can go in and personally input it. It’s a great little system.
HLN: How long does it last you?
Woodley: I bring five 5-gallon carboys and that will last me roughly a month. So it’s 25 gallons of water.
HLN: What about you, Theo — are you an outdoorsy guy?
Woodley: You are, in a sense.
James: I like to drink… not water, just pure alcohol. No, I enjoy that. Shai is very good at that kind of thing. She’s a much better person than me.
Woodley: Don’t put yourself down, man!
James: But you are very good! And she does it genuinely. But, yeah, I’m into adventurous stuff.
HLN: If you guys went camping together, who would be the fastest at setting up a tent or starting a campfire?
Woodley: You’d probably be faster at setting up the tent.
James: I’m actually pretty good with fires, but we haven’t camped together.
Woodley: Let’s go camping in Atlanta!