I’ve added 2 photos of Ansel attending the Prada Journal Event during the Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015/2016 yesterday, January 19 to the gallery!
Ansel Elgort Talks Making ‘Groovy House Music’ as a DJ and Battling With Credibility
Ansel Elgort may be famous for making hearts race in The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent (and being named one of GQ’s 2014 Men of the Year), but the actor’s skills go beyond film. Known to the EDM circuit as DJ-producer Ansolo, the 20-year-old New Yorker has played Electric Zoo, scaled the Beatport charts with debut single “Unite” in 2014 and released remixes through Swedish House Mafia alum Steven Angello’s Size Records. Elgort breaks down his musical side hustle.
He knows not everyone will take him seriously as a musician — yet. “I’m going to battle with credibility my whole career as Ansolo, because people will just say I’m an actor trying to get into this. But I have no need to get into this. My acting is going great. I don’t want to make more money. If I did, I wouldn’t be making groovy house music.”
He only recently found his own beat. “There’s old stuff I’m desperately trying to get off the Internet because it’s so bad. It wasn’t until a year ago that my production was up to my songwriting. Now, I’m pushing my sound toward Earth, Wind & Fire, made more modern.”
He thinks his sound is just what EDM needs. “Some of the harder music doesn’t make any sense to dance to. What’s not being made enough is this groovier house mix.”
Don’t count on him selling out. “I’m making music because I love to, not because it needs to do well, and that’s a great advantage. I will never sign with a label that tells me what music to make.”
EXCLUSIVE: Ansel Elgort has inked his next major role after enjoying a breakout 2014 with hits The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, both opposite the Golden Globes-nominated Shailene Woodley. Now he’s set to star with Chloë Grace Moretz in November Criminals, the teen thriller adaptation that Hitchcock‘s Sacha Gervasi is directing for Lotus Entertainment.
Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel about two teenagers who venture into the seedy underbelly of Washington, D.C. to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time.
Catherine Keener also stars in the film, which Lotus came aboard to co-finance and co-produce during November’s AFM. Beth O’Neil (Jack Goes Boating) is also producing. CAA and WME are jointly repping domestic rights and Lotus will handle international sales.
Elgort, the 20 year-old son of an opera director and a photographer, burst onto Hollywood’s radar last year after making his feature debut in MGM’s Carrie remake. He also starred in Jason Reitman’s ensemble drama Men, Women, and Children and will reprise his role as Caleb this March in Summit/Lionsgate’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent.
Moretz is coming off of the Denzel Washington actioner The Equalizer and teen drama If I Stay. She’ll also be in theaters in March in director Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria with Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche.
Lotus has a current slate that includes Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion, Shekhar Kapur’s Tiger’s Curse, Replicas starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry starrer Kidnap, Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King, YA adaptation Fallen, Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie pic Maggie, and Craig Zobel’s Z For Zachariah, which premieres this month at Sundance.
Elgort is repped by CAA and Brookside Artist Management.
Ansel Elgort is featured in Prada’s newest Menswear Campaign for Spring 2015. I’ve added a photo of Ansel’s advertisement to the gallery!
Ah, the drama of being a teenager without your own car. Not only are you dependent on your parents for transportation, but those prying questions of “where are you going?” and “who will you be with?” are nearly unavoidable.
So in this exclusive deleted scene from “Men, Women and Children,” you can totally, totally feel Tim’s (Ansel Elgort) pain. See, he just wants to go on a date with Brandy (Kaitlyn Dever), but his dad (Dean Norris) has other plans. Namely, a date of his own.
Their relationship is already strained — dad doesn’t get why Tim would rather play video games than football — and, unfortunately for Tim, his father literally holds the keys.
Check out the deleted scene between Elgort and Norris below, with a special intro from Elgort and Dever beforehand.
“Men, Women and Children” is available on VOD and Digital HD today.
I have added high quality photos of Ansel atteding the Z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 on December 12th to the gallery!
I have added HQ photos of Ansel attending the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations And Holiday Auction Display on December 10th to the gallery.