THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – “I really want roles that challenge me and that make being on set a really intense experience,” says Elgort, who followed his breakout in the John Green adaptation The Fault in Our Stars with a starring role in the Divergent franchise. With four films coming out in the next year (including Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver with Lily James and Billionaire Boys Club with Kevin Spacey), he now is turning his focus to music: The Brooklyn resident released his single “Home Alone” over the summer, and says he has 12 tracks that he wrote, produced and performs on ready to go.
I’m still starstruck by: “The guys who have some mystery behind them, like Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio. And any basketball player. I can’t even talk to them. They’re like aliens; they’re from a different planet.”
Favorite splurge: “When I got Carrie, I bought a bunch of DJ equipment. I spend all my money on that.”
Worst audition story: “When I was around 16, I went into an audition and the woman told me, ‘You need to take acting classes. You’re so bad.’ And I said, ‘I am taking acting classes!’ In the next five years, it started to click for me at school. It takes a while — she was probably right. I really think people should take acting classes.”
Ansel has done an interview with DuJour which you read below and you check out outtakes from the shoot taken by his sister, Sophie in the gallery!
DUJOUR – It was only three years ago that Ansel Elgort first appeared on the big screen, as a high-school student in Kimberly Peirce’s blood-soaked remake of Carrie, but considering the number of film’s the 22-year-old actor has already made—10, if you’re keeping track—he already feels like a veteran. Of course, that’s what’ll happen when you star in films like 2014’s YA weeper The Fault in Our Stars, which earned over $300 million worldwide and established Elgort as the resident heartthrob for an entire generation. Then there’s the action-packed, blockbuster Divergent series, which will see its third installment, Allegiant, released this month, in which Elgort stars as Caleb Prior, the older brother and comrade in arms of Shailene Woodley’s rebel Tris Prior.
But while Elgort has made his bones playing dreamy, doomed teenagers and action heroes, he’s poised to be much more than a matinee idol. In the coming months he’ll tackle a series of very serious film roles—starring alongside Kevin Spacey in Billionaire Boys Club and working with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx in Baby Driver—and will bring his music career (he’s a popular DJ under the moniker Ansolo) to the next level with the release of an album. Here, Elgort talks candidly with DuJour about leaving behind Divergent, finding his voice and why, if you think he’s already made his mark, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The third move in the Divergent series is coming out this month, and then this summer you’re off to film the final installment. Does it all feel as though it’s flown by?
It really does. There have been times, like when I started working on the second film, when I said, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that we have another two more left. That’s a lot of movies to go!’ But now having only one more doesn’t feel like much at all.
What’s on your Divergent bucket list? Is there anything you want your character to do in this last film that he hasn’t done before?
I’d like to shoot a gun or something, instead of being the character that never does anything badass. Well in this next one that is about to come out, I save the day… I don’t wanna spoil the movie, but he saves the day. It’s nice to save the day and not just be the loser all the time like I’ve been. I would like to continue to not be the loser—maybe in the next one, that would be nice.
THR.com – James Cox will direct the project, which Good Universe is selling at AFM.
Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, two of the brightest rising stars as far as young actors go, are attached to star in Billionaire Boys Club.
Wonderland helmer James Cox will direct the film, which is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name. The TV movie was based on a true story about a group of wealthy young men whose schemes and manipulative ways eventually lead to murder.
Elgort would play the leader of the group, Joe Hunt.
Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma are producing. Good Universe is selling the project at the upcoming American Film Market in November.
Cox directed the 2003 film Wonderland starring Kate Bosworth and Carrie Fisher and the 2013 film Straight A’s with Ryan Phillippe. He’s repped by CAA.
Elgort had his breakout role in cancer drama Fault in Our Stars opposite Shailene Woodley. Along with starring in the Divergent YA franchise, he’s booked a slew of projects, including November Criminals with Chloe Moretz, Edgar Wright’s Baby Drive with Lily James and CIA drama Code Name Veil. He’s repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management and Morris Yorn.
Egerton also had a big breakout when he starred in Fox’s hit Kingsman: The Secret Service with Colin Firth. He’ll next be seen in Legend with Tom Hardy. He’ll play Great Britain’s first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics in the upcoming Eddie the Eagle. Plus, he’ll also reprise his role for the Kingsman sequel, and has booked Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins. He’s repped by CAA and United Agents in the UK.
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.’
THR.com – ‘Kill the Messenger’ helmer Michael Cuesta will direct the drama.
Fault in Our Stars and Divergent actor Ansel Elgort is attached to star in Code Name Veil, the Black Label Media drama set in 1980s Beirut.
In the film, which is inspired by real events, Elgort would play a rookie CIA agent who investigates the attacks against the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks during the bombings in Beirut in 1983. When his station chief is taken hostage, the young and inexperienced agent finds himself turning to desperate measures to save his mentor.
Kill the Messenger helmer Michael Cuesta is directing the hot-button film from a 2008 Black List script by Matt Billingsly.
Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill and Molly Smith are producing while Jon Schumacher and Ellen H. Schwartz will executive produce. CAA is repping domestic rights.
Elgort has been in high demand since his breakout role in The Fault in Our Stars, the hit adaptation of John Green’s YA book. The 2014 film, in which he starred opposite Shailene Woodley, earned a massive $307 million worldwide.
Elgort, who is also an electronic dance music producer, stars in Summit’s Divergent YA franchise (also with Woodley), and will next be seen in the franchise’s Allegiant: Part 1, which opens in March. His other upcoming films include November Criminals with Chloe Grace Moretz, and he’s attached to Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver with Lily James. He’s repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management and Kevin Yorn.
EXCLUSIVE: In what will be his first collaboration at New Line in a very long time, Michael De Luca is at the center of a deal for Dukes Of Oxy, an article in the April 23 issue of Rolling Stone about a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers. The deal is coming together quickly for De Luca to produce the film with Ansel Elgort and Emily Gerson Saines (Temple Grandin). The hope is for Elgort, whose star launched with The Fault In Their Stars, to play one of the two drug dealers.
The Rolling Stone article was written by Guy Lawson, who also wrote the article that became the basis for Arms And The Dudes, the drama Todd Phillips is directing right now at Warner Bros with Miles Teller and Jonah Hill starring as two guys who got a government contract to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.
For De Luca, this is the first major project for him to produce at New Line since he left the company after a storied run as production president who championed such films as Boogie Nights, Se7en, Rush Hour, Austin Powers and others. It’s the first project he has aligned without outside Universal Pictures since he left his post as president of production at Sony to make a Universal producing deal that returned him to the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise. New Line chief Toby Emmerich was in the middle of this with Richard Brener. Both of them came up with De Luca at New Line.
“Fault in Our Stars” actor Ansel Elgort is set to star in the TriStar and MRC pic “Baby Driver” directed by Edgar Wright.
Plot follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Wright will write and direct “Baby Driver,” with Working Title principals Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions. David Beaubaire and Nicole Brown overseeing for TriStar.
“Baby Driver” will see a 50/50 financing split between MRC and TriStar, with TriStar handling worldwide distribution.
Variety was the first to report TriStar and Working Title were teaming on the pic and also that Elgort was in early discussions to star. Elgort has since worked out his schedule with the next film in the “Divergent” series, “Allegiant,” which allowed him to close the deal for “Baby Driver.”
Working Title has worked with Wright on several films, including his comedy “The World’s End,” and Hollywood has been buzzing about what his next project will be since he exited “Ant-Man” last summer. Rothman has had a long-standing relationship with Wright and fought hard to land the pic.
Elgort is repped by CAA and can be seen next in “November Criminals” opposite Chloe Moretz.
Since shooting a snapshot of Kate Moss after she had stepped out of the shower in a robe and towel wrapped around her head, Mario Testino has convinced almost every big name model in the business to pose for his hugely popular Instagram “Towel Series,” including the likes of Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, and Miranda Kerr. Now Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and none other than Justin Bieber are among the latest crop of social media darlings to get the #iwokeuplikethis treatment.
The photographer captured candids of the trio alongside singer Cody Simpson and actor Ansel Elgort while on set for a fashion story in the April issue of Vogue. Jenner appears statuesque and regal with a towel piled high on top of her crown, while Elgort takes a more relaxed pose reclining in his plush white robe. As for Bieber? Clearly he’s aware that with highly worked-out abs like these, there really isn’t much need for a filter—or a towel for that matter.
Ansel is on the April cover of Seventeen magazine. You can check out photos from the covers and outtakes in our gallery. Below are also some parts of interviews Seventeen has been releasing!
“[My friend] Jordan and I used to throw eggs off my roof and hit cars. We got in trouble with the police when I was 15. They came to our door. I told my dad, ‘We were throwing eggs off the roof and you were out of town and they got really mad at us and said if we did it again we would get in trouble, but we’re never going to do it again.’ I said it all in one sentence. He was like, ‘Okay.'” (Read More)
“I like to buy girls shoes and jewelry. I buy stupidly expensive shoes,” Ansel said. “I got Louboutins for my mom and my girlfriend before. My mom was like, ‘I can’t wear these — they’re too high.’ I was like, ‘Mom, you have to try them, they’re so cool. They’re red snakeskin!’ She still wears them every so often but she can’t walk in them.”(Read More)
“I like romantic dates — going on a long walk in Central Park and then taking the subway downtown and going out to eat and ordering oysters. After that, you walk around again and talk. Morning dates are nice, too. I love doing romantic s***. It’s fun. It’s like you’re living in a movie.”(Read More)
Ansel Elgort has experienced the best of all worlds while sharing the screen with Shailene Woodley – being in love with her in one movie and sharing a brother-sister love with her in the next.
As one would suspect, he says the quick change in roles “was definitely really weird.”
“I don’t know how we did it, but we pulled it off somehow,” says Elgort, 20, of playing Woodley’s, 23, boyfriend in The Fault in Our Stars, and then going on to share a blood line with her as a part of the Prior Family in Divergent.
“We’re happy that somehow it worked,” he told reporters during a press day for Insurgent in Los Angeles on Friday.
And while hunky costar Theo James, 30, got the honor to play Woodley’s lover this time around, Elgort offered to sub in while James was feeling a little under the weather.
“I asked Theo if it was alright [to kiss Shailene because] he wasn’t feeling well,” says Elgort.
“I said, ‘Listen, I’ve done it before,’ and guys that do the visual effects in this movie are good, so they could have easily changed our bodies and it would have been cool,” he jokes.
Elgort’s Divergent series character, Caleb Prior, may only appear to be keeping up with the thrilling, dangerous obstacles that Four, played by James, and Tris, played by Woodley, the actor admits that he is a bit awkward.
“The way Caleb runs looks like he’s going to trip over any second because, to tell you the truth, it was never something that he did,” says Elgort of Caleb’s klutzy character.
He adds, “I think Caleb represents the intellectual and someone who wouldn’t be able to run with people shooting him and that’s why he decides to leave them.”
But don’t let him fool you because, in real life, the dance-loving actor would have no problem – and might even exceed – the challenges that are brought before him in the film.
“I’m a physical guy,” says Elgort. “I play basketball and I rock climb.”
And although Elgort has already starred in two massive films, he is still getting used to life in the spotlight.
“Every day, I go on the street and people ask for pictures, which is kind of weird and different than it was before,” he says.
“It’s really nice when people recognize your work because most actors out there really never have the chance to be seen, so I’m really grateful.”