In an interview with Vanity Fair‘s Julie Miller at Comic-Con on Thursday, Woodley revealed that the Oscar winner provided her with some helpful advice before she signed up for the highly-anticipated adaptation.
“She gave me really beautiful advice and said that I should definitely take it,” Woodley said of Lawrence’s words of wisdom. “[She said] it will be the best thing that ever happened. But don’t be an idiot, do a sex tape, do drugs. And go to Whole Foods when your movie opens.”
“I have still yet to meet Jennifer in the flesh, but I had a slight interaction with her where I asked her about Hunger Games and what it was like, and her life and how much it has changed,” she continued. “It was nice asking someone who has been through the process and is kind of seasoned in the young-adult franchise.”
But even getting Katniss Everdeen‘s blessings didn’t win Woodley over. According to the Golden Globe nominee, she had reserves about signing on to do a film franchise.
“I was nervous because I had just gotten out of a five-year series, which was a six-year contract,” she explained, referring to her ABC Family series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
“I sort of learned my lesson about signing into things for a long period of time,” she said. “The thought of signing a four-year contract was very daunting, and doing a huge franchise movie that has the potential to be very successful was frightening to me. I never wanted that amount of attention, and the thought of losing my anonymity was not something that I was looking forward to.”
Divergent is slated to open March, 21, 2014. Meanwhile, Hunger Games‘ follow-up, Catching Fire, will be released Nov. 22, 2013.