Ansel Elgort is an American actor and musician, who is known for his roles in films "Divergent", "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Baby Driver". Also acts as DJ Ansølo.
Young Hollywood Actor Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort was born in New York on March 14, 1994. The actor's father, Arthur Elgort, is a fashion photographer of Russian-Jewish descent, who worked for more than thirty years for Vogue magazine, and his mother Grethe Barrett Holby is an opera producer and director of Norwegian and German descent. Ansel's maternal grandmother Aase-Grethe was part of the Norwegian resistance and helped save Jewish children during the Second World War.
Ansel Elgort's childhood photo
The boy is the third child. He has a brother Warren works as a film editor, and a sister Sophie who is a photographer. The family lived in the heart of Manhattan, not far from Central Park.
As a child, Ansel went to the ballet school, although he hate dancing
When Ansel was nine, his mother took him to try out for ballet school, but he didn’t like dancing. After that, the boy visited acting classes for some time and makes his debut performance at the "Fiorello H. LaGuardia" Art School. He was excited about acting. He wanted to become an actor after watching Broadway musicals "Oklahoma!" and "42nd Street".
His photoshoots for Teen Vogue
Ansel's career began through stage acting. He appeared only in 2013, performing a secondary role in the film "Carrie" with Chloe Grace Moretz (remake of the 1976 film). Then no one paid attention to the young actor.
ANsel Elgort in «Carrie» (2013)
He became more popular through "Divergent", in which he played the brother of the main character. This screen version of best-selling novel by Veronica Roth's was released on March 21, 2014. Elgort's partners on the set were Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Theo James.
Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior («Divergent»)
In May 2013 (shortly after the filming of "Divergent" was completed), it became known that Ansel would play Augustus Waters in the screen version of John Green's novel "The Fault in Our Stars", where he will again work with Shailene Woodley, who would play his girlfriend Hazel Lancaster.
A shot from the movie «The Fault in Our Stars»
The film is based on a true story and tells about a teenage girl who has cancer. At meetings of the support group, she meets and falls in love with a young man with an amputated leg. After release in June 2014, the film has gained popularity among critics and spectators, raising more than $300 million worldwide.
In the picture: Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley
In the following years, Ansel starred in the dramatic film "Men, Women and Children", and returned to the role of the brother of the main character in the sequels of "Divergent". In 2015 the actor appeared in a cameo role in the film "Paper Towns".
On the set of «Men, Women and Children»
In 2017, Ansel got the starring role in the summer blockbuster "Baby Driver", which was warmly greeted by critics and raising more than $ 200 million worldwide. Also in the film were starred Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.
«Baby Driver» starring Ansel Elgort. Trailer
Elgort was one of the most likely candidates for the role of Han Solo in the "Star Wars" spin-off, which was scheduled for 2018, but he failed. Later he joked that it was for the best, otherwise he had to change his DJ's alias Ansølo to Hansølo.
Ancel's fascination with electronic music began when he was studying at an acting school. The actor began to publish his tracks on the site SoundCloud under the alias Ansølo. The first remix was a song "Born to Die" by Lana Del Rey.
Ansel Elgort – DJ Ansolo
In February 2014, he signed a contract with the label Staar Traxx and the record company Steve Angello Size Records, and two months later presented the first studio record "Unite" to the public. In July of the same year the song "Totem" was released, and in September 2015 he recorded the track "To Life", inspired by folk music of Eastern European Jews.
DJ Ansolo Live
Soon after that, he signed a contract with Island / Universal Records and the first track under the auspices of the new label "Home Alone" was released in July 2016. In February 2017, he released the song "Thief" under his real name. The music video featured his girlfriend Violetta Komyshan.
Ansel Elgort – Thief
During this period, he also collaborated with the rapper Logic, helping him with the recording of the third studio album "Everybody" - the voice of the actor can be heard in the song "Killing Spree".
Ansel Elgort Personal Life
In 2012, Elgort began dating with his classmate, ballerina Violetta Komyshan. Two years later, the couple broke up due to the actor's burgeoning career and hectic schedule. In January 2015, Ansel and Violetta reconciled, after five months of separation.
Ansel Elgort and his girlfriend Violetta Komyshan
In his spare time the actor likes to skateboarding and playing street basketball. Also he is engaged in painting and publishing the most successful pictures on Instagram.
After the "Baby Driver" which received positive reviews by both spectators and critics, Elgort's career got better and better. So, in 2017 he starred in the independent crime thriller "Billionaire Boys Club" with Taron Edgerton and in drama "November criminals", where he plays the main role – an 18-year-old drug dealer investigating the murder of a classmate.
Ansel Elgort on the set of «November criminals»
Also, the actor will return to the role of Caleb Prior in the fourth part of "Divergent".