GQ-MAGAZINE.CO.UK – Ansel Elgort is a name we’ve been hearing a lot recently, and not just for making young girls swoon after he played Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars. At just 21 years old, the New York-born actor and DJ has an impressive resumé compared to most, including the hit four-movie franchise Divergent and his role in Carrie. Here’s an exclusive preview of his interview and cover shoot…
On ‘Ansolo’, his DJ alter-ego:
‘I just do what I like to do. It’s not about being strategic – I could live in LA, DJ Top 40 hits for tons of cash in bottle service clubs. I could take every YA franchise film I ever got offered. But I don’t think about what’s right for me, image-wise. I don’t care about that shit. The whole Hollywood world – the world that the media sells you – is fake, it’s not real.’
On filming the Divergent series of movies:
‘The process of filming an action movie isn’t about the process, it’s about the result. When filming action movies everyone is working towards getting the perfect shots, hit your mark, lines down, emotion more or less at the right place. It is fun but it isn’t the most artistically fulfilling experience.’
On similarly artistically-inclined actors Shia LaBeouf and James Franco:
‘I view them as very genuine. They are both fucking great actors. They’re great artists in general. If you are an artist you just feel the need to express yourself in a lot of different ways. I think that as an actor, you can actually begin to get away with being yourself.’
Sorry for the delay with updates. I’ve updated the gallery with 3 events Ansel has attended this month so far including the Electric Zoo Festival, Island Life, and Day 12 of the US Open.
Ansel is on the cover of the September issue of Teen Vogue. You can check out the cover and outtakes/behind the scenes photos from the photoshoot in our gallery! You can also check out a behind the scenes video from the shoot and an interview Ansel did with Teen Vogue below!
When I met Ansel, I didn’t know he was a star. We were in Amsterdam, my hometown, at a Nicky Romero Protocol party about a year ago. The funny thing is, I’ve never seen one of his films because I barely watch movies. We had a crazy-fun night — then I posted a picture with him on Instagram, and the number of comments was ridiculous. I found out who he was a week later. What makes Ansel so cool is his easygoing personality. He’s the most humble guy, and he’s always true to himself. He is supertalented, but still the same person I met last October. And he produces his own music, which is a big deal in an industry where most people hand that job over to someone else. We send each other tracks, and we’ve played onstage together — but our friendship is about more than just music; he’s like a brother to me. I think we’ve exchanged around 200 ugly selfies — I’ll wake up and get one from him, and then I’ll reply back with one. Ansel and I recently met up in New York and had a great conversation, the type you can’t have with just anyone. We relate on so many levels — we’re both young; we love music and life; and we each have great careers and are trying to balance them with our personal lives. It’s nice to have a friend who really understands you. — Martin Garrix
Ansel Elgort: I love how you had no clue I was a DJ back then. When I went into the booth and started playing back-to-back, you were like, “What the hell? Why is he playing with us?”
Martin Garrix: That was an awesome night.
AE: We really became close after the first time you came over to my house in Brooklyn. We have a picture of it, all of us on the water, and I put my Knicks hat on you. That was the beginning of the friendship. We’ve been boys ever since. Then we played Pacha [a club in New York]. Oh, my God, that was epic.
MG: It was crazy. When did you start making music?
AE: My senior year of high school. I began DJing for fun. My friend taught me on a computer with Traktor DJ, and I would play for classmates at parties. But I really fell in love with dance music when I was 18. It took a year before I made anything I was really happy with.
MG: It took me four years, so it’s all good, Ansel.
AE: I was so bad. I called myself “Hanzolo,” but when I told a pal of mine at school, he was like, “Dude, that’s the stupidest name ever. You have to change that. Why don’t you just call yourself ‘Ansolo’?” And I was like, “Oh, word. That’s cooler.” Hanzolo just sounds stupid.
I have added HD screencaptures of Ansel in “Insurgent” to the gallery! The film is out on Blu-Ray/DVD today!
I have added photos of Ansel attending the New York City Ballet 2015 Spring Gala on May 7th to the gallery!
Ansel attended the ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 4th in New York City. I have added high quality photos from the gala and after party to the gallery!
I have added outtakes from Ansel’s photoshoot for Teen Vogue to the gallery along with 2 more outtakes and better quality outtakes from his Seventeen photoshoot!
I have added scans of Ansel featured in the April issue of Teen Vogue to the gallery! Thanks to Lora for the scans!