I have no idea how the movie version of Divergent will be—it screens for critics next week—but thanks to publicity for the film, I know that I like Divergent star Shailene Woodley a lot. The Mary Sue's Jill Pantozzi published a snippet of Woodley's interview with Teen Vogue, and this is what I like to hear from young actors:
Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.
More and more, I'm hearing young actors talk openly about the messages pop culture sends to women. It's a perfect use of the platform, and it's something that will hopefully enable a change. More like this, please, celebrities! Using a boring PR tour to discuss how women are treated in popular culture is a win-win: It could help shift the entertainment culture and it creates headlines that aren't just boring celebrity gossip.