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Shailene Woodley admitted she was feeling especially dauntless at Tuesday night’s premiere of Lionsgate’s “Divergent” in Westwood.

“I love being thought of as a symbol of female empowerment at the age of 22 — that young girls are going to see me as that,” Woodley mused at the post-screening bash at the Hammer Museum.

“My character is not a bad ass when the film starts, but she is by the end,” she added. Woodley walked the red carpet in a dazzling one-shoulder gold sequined gown with co-stars Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q, but changed into overalls and eschewed the high heels at the after-party.

Woodley allowed that she’s been through a startling three years, dating back to shooting “The Descendants” opposite George Clooney. “I was an adolescent when I did ‘The Descendants,'” she noted. “It was so long ago. I feel like a woman now.”

Director Neil Burger, who completed his final work on the film on March 2, admitted that he’s often struck by the similarities between “Divergent” and another Lionsgate property — “The Hunger Games.”

“It’s interesting that a dystopian future is a great place to present a story about female empowerment,” he said.

Burger decided while in post on “Divergent” that the tight schedule for “Insurgent,” the second film in the franchise, would preclude him from directing. “I am a little sad about deciding not to do the second film because I love the cast — they are all great kids:  Shai, Theo, Miles, Zoe…”

Veronica Roth, author of the “Divergent” trilogy, asserted that she had seen the film three times already (and counting).

“I was nervous as all get out the first time because you never how someone’s going to interpret your work,” she noted. “But now it’s just fun. For me, it just gets better each time I see it.”

(Pictured: Veronica Roth and Shailene Woodley at the “Divergent” after-party)

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