A year ago, he was a teenager—a city kid with no interest in college but a thing for acting and EDM. Two enormous movies later (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars) and Ansel Elgort is suddenly enjoying a rush of mega-popularity that guarantees one thing: By this time next year, you’ll have trouble remembering the day you didn’t know his name
Here in Amsterdam, the third week of October marks several totally cool occasions for Ansel Elgort. It is, for example, one year to the day since he and the cast of his fame-making movie, The Fault in Our Stars, wrapped production in the Dutch capital—a moment that signaled an end to his old life and the onset of the very public existence he’d spend the rest of this year growing into. The week that I find him back in Amsterdam, he’s here not as a newly anointed Hollywood sensation but as his side-hustle persona, Ansølo, an electronic musician playing a big-time music festival. Last year, he was fanning out in the crowd; this year, he’s opening for some of his heroes, and his name is on the flyer.
More telling evidence of the difference between this year and last can be found at the canalside bench here in town where Ansel’s high-charm cancer-surviving character in The Fault in Our Stars broke some very rough news to Shailene Woodley. Today the spot is a pilgrimage site for young fans—the sort of thing that might’ve happened in 1997 at the bow of the Titanic, had it not been built on a soundstage. That’s actually a useful analogue: The Fault in Our Stars has done for Ansel what Titanic did for an early-twenties Leonardo DiCaprio, vaulting him to a measure of un-obscurity that’s difficult to comprehend if you don’t have a teenage niece or follow his social-media feeds.
While the inconveniences that attend this kind of fame are familiar—a teen-throb like Ansel, for example, has to enter and exit through the kitchens of hotels, anticipate mobs of young women prowling locations from which he just posted Instagrams, and avoid certain neighborhoods in his hometown, New York (the ones with schools and tourists)—not every actor chooses to handle that fame the same way. Ansel seems to regard his new normal as a seasoned swimmer does a riptide. Fight it and it’ll wear you down until you drown. But go with the flow (or rather, take lots of pictures and be the nicest guy ever) and the universe will respect your chillness.
By way of a place-specific example, here’s something that happened in Amsterdam earlier this week. Ansel meets a girl, and they make a plan to grab waffles. By the time they’re done eating, a mob of fans and photographers has gathered out front. Ansel’s idea is to head outside and take pictures with every last fan and then ask them to disperse. It’s become his standing operating procedure, and it works today, too. He and the girl hop in a cab, but after a block or two, Ansel notices a photographer following them: “I’m pretty good with faces, and I recognize him from last year, when he was hanging around the filming of The Fault in Our Stars. And so I ask the driver to pull over, and I get out of the car and go up to the guy and say, ‘Hey, man, how have you been? Listen, I know you have a job to do, but I’m with this girl, and we’re on this date, and we’re just trying to go to some park to hang out some more, and I don’t think we’re gonna be able to do that if you follow us.’ I was basically saying, Can you find it in your heart not to cockblock me? And you know what? He got on his scooter and turned around.”
I have added photos of Ansel attending “The Fault In Our Stars” Reunion And Bench Dedication Ceremony yesterday, November 20th to the gallery!
I have added a few photos of Ansel attending the Academy Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting Awards & Live Read last night, November 13 to the gallery!
Ansel Elgort is embracing his status as a heartthrob.
The 20-year-old actor ahs become one of the most in-demand youngsters in Hollywood thanks to his star-making role in The Fault in Our Stars (co-starring Shailene Woodley). In Hero Magazine (Issue 12), Elgort proudly displays his six-pack abs—and E! News has the exclusive first look at his sexy photo shoot!
“I couldn’t be happier about being known for The Fault in Our Stars,” says the up-and-coming actor, who is also an EDM musician that goes by the name Ansølo. “I’m lucky because a lot of people get known for big films and don’t really get to show themselves. They are just known because the film is so popular. But this film was so much about the performances and the characters that it really was like an acting piece for both Shailene and me. We are so happy to be known for that because, as much as I think Divergent is a great movie, if I was only known for that I’d be like, ‘Wait until you see me really act.'”
Elgort will reprise his role as Caleb Prior in Insurgent, the second installment in the Divergent franchise. He will also play the titular character in Van Cliburn, which chronicles the piano prodigy’s rise to fame. Elgort currently appears in the movie Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and co-starring Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler.
The actor says he learned a lot from Sandler, as he’s had success in both comedies and dramas. “Good comics always say that to be funny you have to be truthful. Good comedy is about the truth,” he says. “And I suppose he’s really good at that, because he’s so truthful in this movie, in a really honest way.”
As Elgort hones his craft, he’s also learning how to deal with being a public figure.
“There’s 9 million people in the city every day—you almost never see the same person twice,” the New York City native explains. “That’s awesome. But that’s gone now. I don’t have that now, which is crazy. Kaitlyn Dever, who’s in this movie with me, we wanted to go grab an ice cream in L.A. and I realized that I can’t go get ice cream in Los Angeles, that’s not an option. I can’t do it. Even if only one person recognizes me, the whole shop, even if they don’t know who I am, wants pictures and autographs.”
Hero Magazine (Issue 12) is on newsstands Oct. 21.
Sorry for the delay! I have now added HD screencaptures of Ansel in The Fault In Our Stars to the gallery! Enjoy!
I have added high quality photos of Ansel attending the European premiere and after party of “Men, Women & Children” yesterday October 9th to the gallery!
I have added HQ photos of Ansel attending the press conference for “Men, Women & Children” press conference during the 58th BFI London Festival yesterday, October 9th to the gallery.
I have added photos of Ansel attending the “Men, Women, and Children” Los Angeles premiere and After Party on September 30th to the gallery!
Thanks to Kieran, I’ve added a four high quality stills of Ansel in Men, Women & Children and a behind the scenes photo to the gallery!
Thanks to Kieran, I have added photos of Ansel attending the Broadway opening night of “This Is Our Youth” yesterday, September 11th to the gallery.