“Divergent” doesn’t hit theaters until March 21, but waiting doesn’t have to be so bad. To help tide you over, here's our exclusive Q&A with one of the film’s stars, Maggie Q, who plays Tori. Check back tomorrow for our exclusive interview with Mekhi Phifer (Dauntless leader Max).
Your character is kind of mysterious and has sort of a dark past, which isn’t so different from Nikita. So how did you differentiate characters going into it?
Maggie Q: Tori’s a little more circumstantial. You know, in “Nikita,” she was the, she was the willing mentor and her student was the more reluctant [one]. And in this film, it’s very different, you know. Tori doesn’t really want anything to do with what Divergents represent and the danger of that.
So she sort of wants to stay away from this girl and [Tris] keeps kind of chasing her and wanting to, you know, expose kind of what this is all about. And that idea and everything that sort of happened in the Divergent world is a source of pain for Tori, so it’s not something she wants to confront.
What would you like to see for your character moving forward?
Maggie Q: I think the second one is going to be such a blast for me, because this film, for Mekhi and I both, this is a real setup for our characters. So going forward, we’re really gonna get into who they are and why they are in the second one.
This is such a big young adult series, it’s incredible. Is there a book or series growing up that you were this obsessed with?
Maggie Q: No! I mean, the kind of hysteria that happens these days, I think because of media and because of how exposed people are, is very different. I mean, this is a coming-of-age film. And I grew up with John Hughes films. That was my coming-of-age. It’s so heightened now. I remember being obsessed with those movies but it was never really like this.
What else is coming up for you?
Maggie Q: Well, I’ve got this, and we start the next film in a few months, a couple months!
What about “Red Flag” [Q’s limited series about Ching Shih, a real-life sex worker-turned-pirate in 1800s China]?
Maggie Q: I have a 24-month option on that. I am going to make it, but I’m not gonna make it tomorrow. It’s a passion project, so yeah, soon!