Ashley Judd

March 25, 2014 | 10:28 a.m.

‘Divergent’: Ashley Judd on Natalie Prior, wiping out Woodley

Ashley Judd in "Divergent." (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)
“Divergent” dominated at the box office over the weekend, shining a spotlight on the talents of young actress Shailene Woodley, who plays the film’s heroine Tris Prior. Woodley was supported by a large cast of many up-and-comers and a handful of seasoned Hollywood veterans, including Kate Winslet, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q and Ashley Judd, who plays Tris’ mother Natalie Prior. “Divergent,” based on the bestselling young adult book series by Veronica Roth, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people are sorted into factions based on personality. Judd and Woodley’s characters are members of Abnegation, the faction based on selflessness, but after Tris finds out she’s divergent (meaning she has aptitude for multiple factions — something that’s not allowed in the rigidly divided society), she decides to hide her divergence and join Dauntless, the faction that values bravery. Though the society lives […]
March 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Divergent’ stars Winslet, Judd share thoughts on Shailene Woodley

'Divergent' Shailene Woodley buzz (featured image)
“Divergent” opens in theaters today, bringing dystopian adventure heroine Tris Prior to the big screen and launching the film’s star Shailene Woodley into the public eye. The film, based on the bestselling young adult book series by Veronica Roth, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people are sorted into factions based on personality. Woodley’s Tris finds out she’s divergent, meaning she has aptitude for multiple factions — something that’s not allowed in the rigidly divided society. She decides to hide her divergence and join Dauntless, the faction that values bravery, and as a result finds herself jumping onto moving trains, throwing knives and shooting guns. For Woodley, “Divergent” marks her first step into the world of big-budget action. Her previous work includes playing a teen mom in ABC Family television series “The Secret Life of an American Teenager,” portraying a […]
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