Theo James is learning that stardom can come with some uncomfortable moments. The British actor has been getting an increasingly larger fan base for his portrayal of Four in “The Divergent Series.” That base will only grow as the latest movie in the series, “Allegiant,” hits theaters.
It didn’t take a major motion picture series for him to become a star. James appeared in only one episode of “Downton Abbey,” playing Kemal Pamuk, and fans always want to talk about the role. To be fair, his character did die after a sexual encounter with Lady Mary and that’s the kind of thing fans tend to remember.
All this work has made fans very passionate. Maybe a little too passionate.
“I think the weirdest encounter I have had is fans asking for photographs while I am in the toilet,” James says with a laugh.
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That kind of encounter is more the exception than the rule for James. Most of the time, fans are very respectful and appreciative of his work in the movie franchise. Those few odd encounters have not made James feel like he can’t live his life the way he wants to.
And the way he is living is staying very busy as an actor. He’s got two more movies ready to be released after “Allegiant” and is filming two more.
As for his current project, James is excited for fans to see what unfolds in the latest adaptation of the popular books.
“The driving theme of ‘Allegiant’ is that people should not be separated or categorized because of differences, whether they are physical or mental or economic,” James says. “To categorize is extremely dangerous and leads to abuse of power.
“Another theme is a young woman growing into maturity and how she evolves and adapts and reacts to big, huge problems.”
The woman is played by Shailene Woodley. Not only is her character the center of the changes going on in this post-Apocalyptic world, but she has been a love interest for James’ character.
The two actors have had some long conversations about their relationship.
“The hard part of playing the relationship is making sure it doesn’t feel artificial. Hopefully, we did that with this movie,” James says.
If they don’t, James knows fans will tell him.
Shut up and dance
The 22nd edition of “Dancing With the Stars” kicks off at 8 p.m. Monday, March 21, on ABC. The celebrities battling for the trophy include actors, sports figures and singers.
Here are the early odds for this year’s group:
Ginger Zee with Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 5-1
Wanya Morris with Lindsay Arnold: 6-1
Jodie Sweetin with Keo Motsepe: 7-1
Antonio Brown with Sharna Burgess: 8-1
Mischa Barton with Artem Chigvintsev: 10-1
Kim Fields with Sasha Farber: 10-1
Von Miller with Witney Carson: 10-1
Paige VanZant with Mark Ballas: 12-1
Nyle DiMarco with Peta Murgatroyd: 12-1
Marla Maples with Tony Dovolani : 12-1
Doug Flutie with Karina Smirnoff : 15-1
Geraldo Rivera with Edyta Sliwinska: 20-1
Jennifer Garner had no problem finding the motivation to play Christy Beam in the film adaptation of “Miracles From Heaven.” The actress/mom could understand what it would be like to have a child diagnosed with an incurable disease only to see her miraculously cured.
The story features some extremely heavy emotional moments for Garner to play. How she played those scenes might not be what you would think.
“People assume that since you are a mother, you put your children in the place of these kids in your mind. I never do that,” Garner says. “The overwhelming feeling I had while making this movie was this was not my life.”
The film was emotionally exhausting, but Garner never lost sight that she was an actress playing a role with other actors. They just happen to be playing roles in a film that deals with a lot of heavy topics, including the loss of faith.
Garner hopes that those who see the movie take a moment to recognize all of the little miracles that happen around them on a daily basis.
“Even in the middle of the hardest times, you can find something good that has happened,” Garner says.
“Miracles From Heaven” is the latest in a series of roles where Garner is playing a mom. Others include “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Her next film will also have her playing a mom, but not the sweet kind she has been playing in recent films.
She’s thrilled every time she gets to play a mom.
“There’s nothing more primal,” Garner says.
“Miracles From Heaven” opened Wednesday, March 16.
New hire: VH1 has signed pop culture icon and music news leader Sway Calloway as an on-air personality and producer. The radio and TV news veteran will appear in VH1’s tentpole events.
Another year: FOX has ordered a third season of “Gotham.” The dark drama looks at the world of Bruce Wayne before he grows up to be Batman. Ben McKenzie stars.
It’s over: The fifth, and final, season of the CBS drama “Person of Interest” will start at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.