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    Jennifer Lawrence is the reigning queen of dystopian film heroines with her role as "The Hunger Games" series' Katniss Everdeen. Since the blockbuster hit, Lawrence's career skyrocketed as did her presence in the media.

    Next March's release, "Divergent," is the newest addition to this young adult movie realm. The film adaptation of Veronica Roth's trilogy even draws several comparisons to "The Hunger Games" -- a post-modern society theme, survival of the fittest plot and status quo manipulation from a strong female character, to name a few.

    Another obvious likening is the potential A-list ascent of Shailene Woodley, starring as the lead Tris Prior, to Jennifer Lawrence's takeover after Katniss. Will the same happen for Woodley? Let's investigate.

    1. Modest means: Both JLaw and Shailene Woodley worked normal jobs pre-blockbuster. Lawrence worked as an assistant nurse at her mother's Kentucky summer camp before acting full time. Woodley worked in retail (God bless her) up until she was cast in "The Descendants." The actress discussed the dilemma on "Chelsea Lately" in November 2011. "I feared that day where I had to go tell my American Apparel manager that I had to quit because I booked ['The Descendants']. I felt so bad," she said. Seriously, how awesome is that? Shailene also spoke candidly about fame and fortune in the upcoming August issue of Marie Claire. “I struggle in real life trying to balance my natural connection to the earth and the somewhat materialistic side of the industry I am in," she said. "Anything over a certain amount of money freaks me out.” No egos here!

    2. Acting chops: 22-year-old Lawrence won last year's Best Actress Academy Award as well as a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Her stellar co-stars include Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman. Woodley has tallied some impressive stats too: her nominations include the 2012 SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. She's a year younger than Lawrence and has already worked with George Clooney.
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