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Magazine Scans > 2017 > Billboard (June 24)
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 08 | Billboard

BILLBOARD – On a perfect spring day in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, birds chirp in sunlight-dappled trees as an ice cream truck dawdles past a tastefully restored brownstone. Inside, Ansel Elgort dribbles a basketball on his living room’s gleaming herringbone wood floor. “My whole life, I lived in an apartment where I couldn’t bounce a ball without getting into trouble,” he says. “Now I can bounce a ball!”

Elgort, the lanky 23-year old actor, singer, songwriter and recently retired DJ (“I was bored of making the same 128 bpm club record”), bought this four-family house two-and-a-half years ago. He had scored a “big bonus” check from The Fault in Our Stars, the breakout hit movie that, in 2014, transformed him into the kind of teen heartthrob who wins best kiss at the MTV Movie Awards — although he lost best shirtless performance to Zac Efron.

“My parents always told me, ‘The second you can afford to buy a place, buy a place,’ ” says Elgort, who grew up on New York’s Central Park West, the youngest son of pioneering fashion photographer Arthur Elgort and Grethe Barrett Holby, a modern opera director. (His siblings, Sophie and Warren, are now a photographer and film director, respectively.)

Instead of buying “someplace douchey,” Elgort decided to renovate this 1890 brownstone, keeping its original stained glass and abundance of dark wood: a bachelor pad as imagined by Antiques Roadshow. “Because he’s classy!” Elgort’s girlfriend, ballerina Violetta Komyshan — a petite, cheerful brunette — explains. She just popped in from the deck to join us for a freewheeling day exploring the city, which, Elgort tells me, is his typical MO when he’s in New York (which is most of the time). “I’m so happy I have my dream place now,” says Elgort, strolling past walls lined with his dad’s black-and-white photos of The Rolling Stones and Leonard Bernstein.

Elgort was raised in the heart of Manhattan’s elite arty-intellectual enclave and met Komyshan, 21, at the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (known as “the Fame school”). After years DJ’ing as Ansølo, Elgort, who signed with Island Records in 2015, recently started singing under his own name. He’s joined on his moodily romantic new pop single, “You Can Count on Me,” by the woke rapper-of-the-moment Logic, whose own album just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in May. (Elgort also sings on Logic’s “Killing Spree,” which the two recently performed together at the Governors Ball Music Festival.)

And now, Elgort’s about to star in one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer. In Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver — a stylish heist film with a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, which Sony bumped up from an August release to the heart of blockbuster season, June 28, after it won raves at South by Southwest in March — Elgort plays Baby, an enigmatic getaway driver who compulsively listens to music to relieve his tinnitus. The movie itself hurtles forward on the power of a meticulously curated soundtrack ranging from Queen’s “Brighton Rock” to Beck’s “Debra.”

Wearing Wayfarers and an ever-present iPod, Elgort effortlessly lopes through the film like some hybrid of Fred Astaire, Tom Cruise in Risky Business and John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. “He’s a soft-spoken badass,” says Elgort of Baby. “He’s all bite, no bark.”

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