Miles Teller Explains Divergent “Dead Inside” Comments: “I Was Just Drained”

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One thing is for sure: Miles Teller is nothing like his rude Divergent character Peter. The actor cleared up his controversial comments that he felt “dead inside” while filming Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA film adaptation during an interview with HuffPost Live on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

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“I think we talked on the phone for an hour, and if the conversation was transcribed I don’t think it would have been framed the way it was framed,” Teller, 27, explained of his conversation with W magazine.

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“I’ve been offered good money to do absolutely terrible scripts that I haven’t done. I guess the business reasons for me [to join Divergent] — it was a smaller part acting wise — but it would give me an opportunity to be in a film that would be seen internationally,” he continued. “A big reason why I did the film was working with Shailene [Woodley] and director [Neil Burger].”

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Teller in Divergent

Teller in Divergent
Credit: Jaap Buitendijk

Teller also explained how his hectic schedule is what made him feel so worn down during production. The actor had just worked on four films back-to-back, and only had a month inbetween his comedy That Awkward Moment before joining Woodley in Chicago for four months. “I was just really burnt out,” he said.

Watch Teller discuss his critically acclaimed Sundance film Whiplash, and more in the video above!

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