I have added a few photos of Ansel at Paris Fashion Week attending the ‘Valentino’ Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 show on June 25th to the gallery!
Ansel is featured in the 12th issue of Visual Tales. I have added scans from the issue to the gallery, but you can view a live version of the issue here! All the photographs in the issue were taken by Ansel’s siter, Sophie Elgort!
Some Young Hollywood Heartthrobs come out of nowhere and end up with everything. Ansel Elgort isn’t one of those guys. In fact, he’s already got all the goods you’d expect from a natural born YHH. The absurd handsomeness. (His pouty, knowing smile makes you want in on the joke.) The famously creative parents. (His father is a Vogue fashion photographer, his mom’s an opera director.) And the ability to, you know, act. (He made his Off Broadway debut as a senior in high school.) His cool-guy name alone—after photographer Ansel Adams—deserves Tumblr fan sites. And if his ascent to stardom were summed up by a hashtag, it’d be #WokeUpLikeThis.
It makes sense, then, that the 20-year-old was tapped to star in two of the year’s biggest YA-novel-inspired blockbusters: spring’s box-office- shattering Divergent and this summer’s tearstained, cancer-stricken-teens-in-love story, The Fault in Our Stars, (Not to mention, the lead in Van Cliburn.) As Augustus, the smooth-talking boyfriend of Shailene Woodley’s Hazel—”full of himself, but in an endearing way,” Elgort says—he’ll reduce even the most beer-can-crushingest bros to tears. “Anytime a movie makes someone cry,” he says, “it’s usually a good thing.” (Future cues to be taken from Ryan Gosling post-The Notebook.)
The key to nailing the tearjerker scenes, he explains, is just “tricking your mind into really believing—I’m helpless, I have no value anymore… It’s really good therapy.” A sensible, if grim, exercise with some humbling aftereffects. “I thought about how much cooler and, like, better a person Augustus is than Ansel,” Elgort says. “He’s this perfect guy. And I was like, Ansel kind of sucks.” Makes us wanna cry.
I have added photos of Ansel attending a Special Screening of “The Fault In Our Stars” in London on June 17th to the gallery!
Ansel Elgort is what is traditionally called a triple-threat-he acts, dances, and sings. The 20-year-old New York native and theater-camp vet who started performing in ballet class at age 9 and crafts bass-thumping electronic dance tracks under the nom de musique Ansolo made his screen debut as pretty-boy high school jock Tommy Ross in last year’s remake of Carrie. He recently appeared in this spring’s young-adult dystopian juggernaut Divergent, and in June gets leading-man status as Augustus Waters, one half of a pair of star-crossed, terminally ill teenage lovers in The Fault in Our Stars alongside fellow Divergent alum Shailene Woodley. His fourth movie, Jason Reitman’s dramedy about modern love, Men, Women & Children, due out later this year, has him sharing the screen with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. It’s been a packed two years for Elgort, but he doesn’t seem to be letting up soon.
COLLEEN KELSEY: You went to LaGuardia High School, the Fame school. Did you always want to act?
ANSEL ELGORT: When I was nine, I started doing ballet. That’s when I knew that I was down to keep doing it. Eventually I came into acting and LaGuardia and straight play-acting turned into movies. I always did workshops. I would be at theater camp, doing shows, or after-school programs. Then I was doing shows in school. It was nonstop. I was never not in a show from ages 11 until 18. It was a great creative atmosphere but also a professional kind of atmosphere. When I finally went into the professional world, I felt ready. I was prepared for work.
KELSEY: What was the movie or play that made you want to be an actor?
ELGORT: Les Miz and Oklahoma! I was a big musical guy. Then I got into movies, watching old films my dad had, the old Elia Kazan movies, like On the Waterfront . It was those old movies, actually, that really got me started. Marlon Brando, Paul Newman—straight-up legends.
I have added a few new stills from “The Fault In Our Stars” to the gallery! I have also replaced some older stills with better quality ones!
Ansel attended a premiere and Q&A for The Fault In Our Stars during the “The Night Before Our Stars” on June 5th at Hollywood Regal Theater in Atlanta, GA. I have added photos from the event to the gallery!
Thanks to the wonderful Gabby, I have added a bunch of high quality photos of Ansel from “Meet The Filmmakers: The Fault In Our Stars and The Fault In Our Stars New York Premiere & After Party to the gallery!
The New York Premiere of The Fault In Our Stars was yesterday, June 2nd! I have added photos of Ansel attending the premiere along with the after party to the gallery! If I get any more photos, I will add them straight away to the gallery!