Is Shailene Woodley the New Tom Cruise?

Taking a page out of the Mission: Impossible star's action-hero playbook, the Insurgent actress soars doing death-defying stunts in her upcoming film

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Everything Shailene Woodley does, she does with vigor.

From making her own toothpaste to collecting her own rainwater, the 23-year-old doesn’t do anything halfway. So it’s not surprising the Insurgent star has thrown herself into her stunts for the action movies.

In Divergent, she leaped off a moving train and climbed a thin iron beam dozens of stories off the ground. How does she up the ante this time around? “Tris has to climb her way onto a flying house,” Woodley tells PEOPLE.

Insurgent, out March 20, “begins a few days after Divergent ends,” she says. As the movie begins, Woodley says, her character is reeling from traumatic events.

“We find her a little bit numb and confused. She doesn’t know who she is. In this film, Tris is fueled by the demons that haunt her from Divergent,” Woodley explains. “The loss of her parents and her friend make her feel like she is unstoppable in her quest for justice.”

On the run from Erudite leader Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet), will there be more sparks between Tris and Four (Theo James)? Woodley is cagey: “The relationship between Tris and Four is evolving, like it does when one member of a partnership goes through something traumatic.”

James adds, “They are two damaged people who are trying to struggle through a war He can be more open, and he’s fallen in love with Tris.”

For more on Insurgent, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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