‘Divergent’ Star Theo James Wants to See More Strong Female Leads

In a recent interview promoting his new film Divergent, Theo James told The Advocate that he thinks that he hopes to see more strong female-led action films, such as Divergent.

“It’s frustrating we still don’t see more movies featuring strong women. But it does seem like things are beginning to change with films like this and The Hunger Games.” James said.

“We’re in a world where masculinity, especially with these big spectacle movies, is often pushed by rippling six packs and forcing an image down someone’s throat trying to prove masculinity.” James commented. “Whereas I think true masculinity comes from having a strong sense of self.”

James also pointed out that action-packed films tend to only centre on male characters, a trend he hopes changes to show more diversity in the future – including parts that look past sexuality as well as gender.

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When asked if he thinks a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender hero will ever make it to the big screen, he said, “It’s very hard to tell, because today there are poignant pieces of work that revolve around a central cast of characters that happen to be gay.”

“But I remember when Queer as Folk came out and thinking, ‘Things are changing. Maybe there will be more shows like this.’ And then suddenly there was a drought.” James said. “Hopefully the day we have a gay action hero isn’t far away.”

Be sure to catch Theo James in Divergent! It’s out in theaters now! (And if you want even more Theo James – check out our exclusive interview with him and Shailene Woodley from the Divergent Atlanta press junket!


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