How Jennifer Lawrence convinced Shailene Woodley to do ‘Divergent’: 'You will not regret it for a second'

From one female action star to another: Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence knows what it takes to carry a blockbuster film franchise.

Now, it’s been revealed that the loveable Oscar winner is also responsible for convincing Shailene Woodley to star in what promises to be the next big action film series, Divergent.

"You must do it. You will not regret it for a second," Jennifer personally urged Shailene in an e-mail. "Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this."

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Shailene previously starred alongside George Clooney in The Descendants, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Prior to that, however, she was a well-known TV star, playing a pregnant teen on the ABC series The Secret Life of the American Teenager for more than five seasons.

Understandably, the young actress says she was reluctant to sign on for another lengthy project.

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"Having come off a TV show, I was kind of in the place where I was like, 'I'm never signing a contract for more than one movie,' because once you do sign a contract, legally, you're liable," she explained.

In Divergent, the 22-year-old plays Tris, a young woman forced to rebel against a Draconian establishment. She costars alongside 29-year-old British actor Theo James.

Divergent premieres on March 21.

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