Ansel Elgort BiographyAnsel 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.
Early lifeAnsel 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.
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.
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".
CareerAnsel'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.
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 in «Carrie» (2013)
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.
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 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".
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.
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.
«Baby Driver» starring Ansel Elgort. Trailer
Musical CareerAncel'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.
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.
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.
DJ Ansolo Live
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".
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 Egerton 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 – Supernova
Also, the actor will return to the role of Caleb Prior in the fourth part of "Divergent".
Ansel Elgort Personal LifeIn 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.
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.
Ansel Elgort NowIn 2019 he played Teo, the main character of "Goldfinch" novel movie adaptation. Teo's mother was killed inside the museum due to explosion, and the storyline is built around boy's growing up and adult life.
Also, he will apear on a big screen in love drama West Side Story by Steven Spielberg and will play the main role in Tokyo Vice series.
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