Roundtable Interview with Miles Teller
and Jai Courtney
Stars of ďDivergentĒ
, March 5, 2014
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Presbyterian
I was interested in the physical training aspect of this film.
What did you have to do to prepare, and how difficult was it to go
through those fight sequences?
I got off light. I pretty much
cheated the system and didnít have any training to do, mainly because I
didnít have any fighting (scenes).
Yeah, I signed on for the movie and a week later I was in
in what they called a ďboot camp.Ē Our
two stunt coordinators were like, complete badasses.
They were like Special Forces, trained killers.
I mean, this guy Garrett has an eye patch, and he was very scary.
(everyone laughs) So we got out there
about two weeks, lot of push-ups, lot of sit-ups, lot of cardio, and then we
were doing knife-throwing, and some gun tactical work.
You were expected to go to the gym the whole time we were filming.
: Did you have any kind of
compunction or reluctance, getting in the ring with a girl?
at first, it was like ďHow is this going to look?Ē (everyone laughs)
Because that should never happen in real life, but in this (the movieís)
world, if you donít survive, if you donít move up the ladder in the
Dauntless (Faction) and youíre cut, then youíre Faction-less.
Then youíre without a home and you canít see your parents and
itís pretty dismal. And Shailene (Woodley)
is a trooper, we had a good relationship going into the movie, so it was a
lot of fun.
: Talk a little about the message at
the core of this movie.
I think itís about self-discovery, and embracing what it is that makes you
an individual, and whatís different about you, and getting in touch with
those qualities, and learning how to use that to your advantage.
And not being afraid of it, I guess.
look in movies and thereís not that many young, female leaders or heroes,
and I think that Shailene--- both as a person and as Tris---that sheís
really a nice role model.
I would agree.
this is something my Grandma could go watch.
: Iím interested in what you were
saying to us earlier, thatís thereís a ďpersonaĒ thatís you, and
then thereís a ďpersonaĒ that meets the publicÖ.
not really a separate ďpersonaĒ---there are some things Iím required
to do as an actor, like doing this press tour.
And then there are things likeÖ.itís Miles walking into a gas
station. So there are things in my
life that are work-related, and things that are personal, but itís the
same persona. When I leave here,
Iím not a different person.
: But itís good that you can
separate the twoÖ.itís because of this character that the fans are
screaming, not necessarily because of Miles.
I think, for these girls, they love Miles.
I try to give them what they want---at a safe distance, with security!
gotta stay grounded. You know, every
movie Iíve done, Iíve wanted to be part of, and Iím really proud of.
So for me, thatís the big thing. When
I walk into a room with my peers, I donít want to hold my head down.
I donít want to be ashamed of the stuff I did.
Because at the end of the day, this is what youíre picking for a
career. I mean you have to make a
living, but I really respect actors, and thatís the company I want to be
in----the good ones.
: Thanks for your time.