Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn are veterans when it comes experiencing the adoration of fans, and while they admit it's initially scary, they couldn't be more thrilled for their younger cast in "Divergent."
Judd and Goldwyn portray Natalie and Andrew Prior in the film, based off of the popular young adult novel series by the same name. The two are parents to Shailene Woodley's character and heroine, Beatrice "Tris" Prior. Woodley spoke to OTRC.com about her role in the film earlier this month (watch here).
"Divergent" focuses on Tris and her life in a dystopian version of Chicago, where humanity is divided into five "factions." The film also stars Theo James, Kate Winslet and Jai Courtney.
Judd, known for roles in movies such as "Kiss the Girls," and Goldwyn, who portrays President Fitzgerald Grant on the ABC series "Scandal," recently sat down with OTRC.com to discuss the film, how it will change the lives of their young cast and what fans can expect out of their characters.
Watch videos of Judd and Goldwyn's interview with OTRC.com above and check out 3 highlights from the interview, along with a trailer for "Divergent," below.
1. Judd and Goldwyn discuss the "Divergent" fandom.
Judd: "You're just reminding me that 'fan' is short for 'fanatic.' Which I mean with all the love in the world."
Goldwyn: "What an incredible thing to do something where people are that expressive, their appreciation ... there's a friend of mine who's in finance and said, 'Look Tony, people don't come stop me in the street and say, that was an amazing spreadsheet you did.'
Judd: "That decimal point just moved me." (she jokes)
Goldwyn: "So the fact that the fans, you know, we couldn't exist without our moviegoers. But it is, it's a little crazy, but it also is exciting to think, you know, that Veronica's book, which sold 60 million copies, is now gonna be exposed in this movie to so many people, so many different ... 'cause it works for the teen generation, but also adults. Ashley and I both read the script and thought, 'What a great movie this is gonna be.' And it is exciting particularly for our younger cast, who are so incredibly talented and are at the beginning. There's a lot of big careers about to happen.
2. Goldwyn feels that parents will enjoy the movie as much as teens.
"I think it's as satisfying for parents as it is for kids, because what it deals with is stuff that everyone can relate to."
3. How does Judd want her character to be described?
"Bada-- works fine for me ... I knew that there was something special about mothering for Veronica, the author, because she dedicates the book 'Divergent' to her mother, and I thought, 'Oh, there's something powerful here.'"
"Even if the visual imprint or the time on-screen is relatively brief, there's a soulfulness, there's something really important going on with the mother and so, it was a great opportunity to play that and, you know, mothering Shailene is the easiest thing in the world. She is so precious and endearing."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).