Monday, June 2, 2014

Daily Beast talks with Shailene

Shailene chats with The Daily Beast about all things TFIOS, love, bucket lists, and more.

Shailene on her friendship with Ansel: 
We have such deep reverence and pride for one another. We’re completely different in almost every way, but are very intrigued by each other’s differences, so whenFault came around, there was a fault in Hazel and Augustus’s stars, but there wasn’t a fault in our stars because we had that deep respect for one another. In real life, I look at him with such admiration and such love, and when you apply that to the rules and regulations of what it is to be in love with somebody, the natural chemistry is able to exist.

Filming the AnneFrank House scenes:
For me, in the book, that was one of the most powerful scenes that he described and visually, interpreting it in my own mind, I saw it the way it was written, and then the way that they filmed it in the movie was exactly the same. Anne’s story and Hazel’s story are so synchronistic, in a way—the theme of how you don’t have to live a long life to have a powerful and meaningful one—and Anne Frank had her first kiss in that house, and Hazel did, too. And then having the ability to film there and the history of what those walls held was powerful in those scenes. Hazel’s thinking, “This might be the last time in my life I’m here, and if I have to die going up these stairs, I’ll die going up these stairs.” She’s also thinking, “If Anne Frank did it, I can do it.”

Numbered days and Bucket lists:
We only have moments. The future is not guaranteed and the past is gone, so worry is a product of the future and guilt is a product of the past, and those things have no place in our lives. So if I had two weeks or two months to live, I’d appreciate every moment. If I had to choose a location, I’d choose the beach because I don’t think there’s anywhere more powerful or beautiful in the world than the ocean, but I think I could be anywhere as long as I was aware of the fact that those were the moments that counted, and that laughter ensued in those moments. Laughter is kind of hard to come by with a lot of people, but I think life is so funny and so unfair, so why are we trying to be so serious about it? That makes no sense to me.

Be sure to check out the rest of this fantastic interview at the source!