In today’s world, one of the full-proof ways to become an international movie star is to get a role in the big-screen adaptation of a bestselling YA novel, whether it’s Twilight, The Hunger Games, or in Miles Teller’s case, Divergent.
And in a new interview with W Magazine, Teller reveals that international stardom was one of the biggest draws to play Peter in 2014’s Divergent film. Apparently, Teller read the script for the film Whiplash while he was shooting Divergent in Chicago, and as he put it, “When I first read Whiplash, I was feeling dead inside.”
He said of filming Divergent: “I didn’t have an interesting part, and I’d taken the film for business reasons: It was the first movie I’d done that was going to have an international audience. I called my agent and said, ‘This sucks.’ He told me about Whiplash.”
However, Teller recently took to Twitter to clarify his comments, saying that he’s never done a film for “business” reasons.
I’ve never done a movie for “business” reasons. I’m proud to be a part of Divergent franchise and love all of Peter’s Princesses
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) September 24, 2014