As EW first reported in this week’s cover story, Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane has been bumped from the second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man (due out in 2014) to the third (due out in 2016). “Of course I’m bummed,” she tells EW in an exclusive statement. “But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film.”

In this week’s cover story, Woodley also discussed some of her reservations for taking on the part of Divergent heroine Beatrice Prior—in fact she almost passed on the role. “My agents were like, ‘are you f—ing crazy?’ But I said if this movie is successful, things will change and I don’t want that.”

For more on Divergent—including photos and interviews with the cast and director—pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, June 21.