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INTERVIEW: The cast of Divergent tells us what it takes to be Dauntless

How brave are the stars of Divergent? Many of them believe they’re tough enough to be part of Dauntless. Apparently, it’s not as intimidating as we think.

Friday, viewers will finally enter the world of Divergent. It’s set in a futuristic society where people are placed into factions according to their personalities. If you’re Divergent, you don’t fit into any one group. This is the case with the film’s main character, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley.

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SheKnows quizzed the cast on what faction they’d fit into and the results were surprising. They could choose from Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Candor (the honest). Most of the stars had their hearts set on Dauntless. The group isn’t for the weak and is known for breeding warriors.

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Jai Courtney, who plays Eric, called Dauntless’s brutal training “a sifting process.” He admits, “They don’t coddle you.” Co-star Miles Teller (Peter) likens them to boot camp instructors. “It’s not a cakewalk. They do push you to the point where you break. It’s tough love.”

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Christian Madsen (Al) opted to look at the lighter side of the group. “If you sort of follow their non-rules then there are no rules, if you know what I mean,” he explains. “Like, the parties seem endless. Am I alone?” All joking aside, Mekhi Phifer, who plays Max, believes any actor could be on the Dauntless team. The entertainment industry can be just as intimidating if not more so.

“I think to be in this business you have to be a risk-taker. I get people that come up to me sometimes and they say, ‘What advice do you have for me in this business?’ I’m like, ‘Just get out of here.’ It’s a tough racket. It’s tough,” he admits. “This is such a competitive, cutthroat sort of industry. It takes so long to sort of get to a place to where people actually know who you are where you can even get in the rooms. It’s a daunting task. “

No pun intended.

Divergent opens in theaters March 21.

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