Audiences who watched last spring’s sci-fi/action movie Divergent might be surprised to learn that costar Kate Winslet was five months pregnant when she shot her scenes. Winslet — who plays duplicitous community leader Jeanine Matthews — had her costumes refitted after she shared the news of her pregnancy, says director Neil Burger. “There was a point at which we were thinking about whether Shai [Shailene Woodley] should head-butt Kate or punch her in the face,” recalls producer Lucy Fisher.
“I was only 20… I wasn’t prepared,” Kate Winslet recalled of the torrent of interest that stampeded her way from the runaway success of “Titanic” in 1997. With its success, powered by packs of teenage girls who consumed the tale of Jack and Rose over and over again, it is widely credited as having brought that demographic to the moviegoing power, igniting a wave that would give us the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” films, as well as the newest entrant to the category, “Divergent,” which opens this weekend, starring none other than Winslet herself as the controlling, dystopian faction leader Jeanine Matthews. “It was a really hard time,” said Winslet, now 38.