Ansel attended parts of the NBA All-Star weekend. He attended and played in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Also, he went to the Saturday and Sunday night games. I have added photos from all the events he attended during the weekend to the gallery!
Thanks to Helen, I’ve added 3 more high quality stills from “Insurgent” to the gallery!
Just before Christmas, on an empty playground basketball court in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Ansel Elgort hits jump shots from 10 feet, then 15, then 20. He takes a step behind the free-throw line, squares up, rises, and drops another perfectly arcing shot through the hoop. “I want to dunk in the game,” he says, eagerly grasping the ball at chest level with both hands. “I want people to know I can do it.”
Two years ago, Elgort was the starting center for New York City’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the singing, dancing, theater-geeking inspiration for Fame. “The best kid on the team was the trombone player,” he says. But now, after starring in a pair of 2014 teen-idol-minting blockbusters, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, Elgort, 20, is intent on sharpening his skills for his first nationally televised contest—a rite of passage for any young celebrity who can adequately handle both the rock and the gale-force bursts of adolescent attention.
He’s talking about the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden in February, an annual exhibition whose past MVPs include Justin Bieber, as if it’s the game of his life. “I’ve been training, doing plyometrics, working on my legs,” says the six-foot-four native New Yorker, flashing a grin that’s both playful and knowing. “I want to dunk on Kevin Hart.”
Wearing jeans, high-tops, and a gray Nike sweatshirt, Elgort catches a pass and pops in a slo-mo left-handed layup. “It’s important to be good with both hands,” he says. It’s also critical, Elgort explains, not to get cocky with a lead like he did last year playing one-on-one with his Men, Women & Children costar Adam Sandler. “I went hard at him right away, before realizing he’s Adam Sandler, not just a guy, and I probably shouldn’t destroy him. Then he got in a rhythm and beat me.” Elgort wouldn’t repeat the mistake. “When we played again,” he says, “I kicked his ass.”
For all the talk about posterizing Hart and slaughtering Sandler, Elgort doesn’t come across as macho so much as striving and self-assured. Even his form on the court betrays a cool confidence, a willingness to ease into things. Despite hitting multiple shots in a row, Elgort doesn’t announce that he’s on fire or making it rain. Instead, he quietly glides from spot to spot, like in a team drill, hands out, ready to receive the next pass and make good on it.
He could have just dunked: peeled off his sweatshirt, turned his cap around, charged through the paint, and thrown one down—hard—replaying a moment he has Instagrammed to his 4.2 million followers before (he has also occasionally Instagrammed his abs). Finally, Elgort picks up the pace and explodes toward the hoop. He takes two big strides and lifts off, soaring to the rim before . . . finessing a finger roll into the basket. “I’m not just going to start jamming out here,” Elgort says, smiling as he tucks his hands inside the cuffs of his sweatshirt. “You need to warm up first.”
Onscreen, too, there’s a sense that Elgort is still just getting loose. Playing Augustus Waters, the James Dean of adolescent cancer patients, in The Fault in Our Stars, he has already flashed the kind of dramatic chops that later, with the subtraction of SMS romance and the addition of several birthdays, win adults Oscars. Honing his stroke, Elgort went emo again in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, playing a high-school quarterback who quits the team, deeming it and most everything else in his life meaningless, before overdosing on pills. Both roles portend even more nuanced ones, and bigger things, to come. “Ansel looks and feels like a young Brando,” Reitman says.
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 is featured in Prada’s newest Menswear Campaign for Spring 2015. I’ve added a photo of Ansel’s advertisement to the gallery!
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.
I have added photos of Ansel attending the 2014 GQ Men Of The Year Party yesterday, December 4th to the gallery! Thanks to Mouza for some of the photos!
Ansel Elgort attended the 2014 American Music Awards last night, November 23rd! I have added photos of him on the red carpet, backstage and in the audience, and during the show to the gallery! You can also watch a video of him doing an interview on the red carpet and presenting Charlie XCX below!