Miles Teller: I 'Felt Dead Inside' After 'Divergent' Role, Took It for 'Business Reasons'

by Antoinette Bueno 7:00 AM PDT, September 25, 2014
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Miles Teller is now backtracking on some particularly harsh comments he had about his role in the blockbuster adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling novel Divergent.

Though Teller, 27, had a memorable role as Shailene Woodley's nemesis Peter, in a new interview with W magazine, the rising star admits that the passion wasn't exactly there after filming.

In fact, he felt "dead inside."

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Talking about his new film Whiplash in which he plays an aspiring jazz drummer who's both tortured and inspired by his brilliant teacher, Teller tells W, "When I first read Whiplash, I was feeling dead inside. I didn't have an interesting part [in Divergent], and I'd taken the film for business reasons: It was the first movie I'd done that was going to have an international audience."

"I called my agent and said, 'This sucks,'" he added. "He [then] told me about Whiplash."

Though not surprisingly, according to Teller's rep, he now "regrets" his comments about the popular franchise.

"Accustomed to being more involved in the process of filmmaking, Miles regrets those words. He does value his relationship with Lionsgate and his participation in the franchise," his rep tells The Hollywood Reporter.

He also took to his Twitter to address the comments. 

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Check out ET on the set of Divergent with Shailene Woodley in the video below.