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Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 15 | Los Angeles Times

LA TIMES – Ansel Elgort was deep into a club music period when he found himself on the spot during a pivotal audition for director Edgar Wright.

He’d been spending his spare time in the studio with Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, living and breathing the electronic dance jams he makes under his DJ moniker, Ansølo. But in his day job as a rising Hollywood star, he hadn’t yet convinced Wright he was right for the role of the soft-spoken, rhythm-obsessed lead of “Baby Driver,” a music-driven action caper 22 years in the making.

As Elgort worked in the Silver Lake dance studio of choreographer and Sia collaborator Ryan Heffington, things weren’t totally clicking. Then Wright asked the “Fault in Our Stars” and “Divergent” actor to name a song he knew by heart. Elgort surprised the director with “Easy,” by the Commodores.

“I was so taken aback that a 20-year-old would say that, that in itself made me think that maybe he was right for the part,” says Wright, who filmed Elgort acting out a scene to the song, which eventually became the soundtrack to a memorably moving sequence and the film’s recurring emotional motif.

was deep into a club music period when he found himself on the spot during a pivotal audition for director Edgar Wright.

He’d been spending his spare time in the studio with Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, living and breathing the electronic dance jams he makes under his DJ moniker, Ansølo. But in his day job as a rising Hollywood star, he hadn’t yet convinced Wright he was right for the role of the soft-spoken, rhythm-obsessed lead of “Baby Driver,” a music-driven action caper 22 years in the making.

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Miscellaneous > 2017: The New York Times

NY TIMES – When the actor Ansel Elgort strolled into Times Square on Wednesday for an appearance on ”Good Morning America,” the first face he encountered was his own.

“I’ve never seen myself so big,” he said, staring up at a bright pink billboard for his new movie, “Baby Driver,” which was opening that day to rapturous reviews. “Good morning, America!”

Mr. Elgort’s latest star turn is a heist picture about a guy operating a getaway car for bank robbers, but he had sat passively in the back seat of an Escalade on the ride to Midtown from his home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. It had been a slow trip, more than a half-hour just to get across the Williamsburg Bridge and up to the ABC studios, where a small group of his devoted fans were waiting outside the stage door for him to arrive and administer hugs and selfies.

Normally, Mr. Elgort, 23, would just have taken the C train. Or perhaps used Citi Bike.

“I have an account,” he said.

Limousines, in other words, are not his speed.

Three years ago, Mr. Elgort became something of a teen idol when he and Shailene Woodley played terminally ill cancer patients falling in love in the movie adaptation of John Green’s best-selling young adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” which grossed $307 million at the global box office.
The fact that Mr. Elgort in real life is still with his high school sweetheart — Violetta Komyshan, a ballet dancer he met while still a student at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts — has not dampened the ardor of his female followers, virtual and physical.

Mr. Elgort is their hipster ideal: a guy who looks like a model, gets paid like a movie star (more on that in a moment) and actually wants commitment in real life. Basically, said Tatiana Irizarry, standing outside “G.M.A.,” he is “the best person ever.”

Ms. Irizarry’s opinion is unlikely to change after she sees “Baby Driver.”

The film is a testosterone-drenched star vehicle promising to broaden Mr. Elgort’s appeal — it was on track to earn around $20 million in its opening weekend — without alienating his fan base. Fittingly, the title character, named Baby, is quickly revealed to be not a hardened delinquent, but a conscientious and oh-so-romantic orphan struggling to pay off a childhood debt and help his aged, deaf African-American foster parent build a nest egg.

Baby’s got nowhere to run, to quote the Martha and the Vandellas classic that appears on the much-buzzed-about retro soundtrack. But he still does the Harlem Shuffle while delivering Starbucks coffee to the slick crime world overlord for whom he works, played with venom by Kevin Spacey.

Growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Mr. Elgort had a few more advantages than his character.

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Magazine Scans > 2017 > NYLON (July)
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 07 | NYLON

NYLON – The following feature appears in the June/July 2017 issue of NYLON Guys.

Please don’t make me sound like a douchebag.”

That’s Ansel Elgort’s half-serious plea, early on in the conversation we’re having on a spring afternoon in Brooklyn. We’re at a tangy-smelling climbing gym located in a neighborhood flush with industrial warehouses, a spot he’s been coming to for eight years, since he was about 15, and where the employees know him not as Ansel Elgort, Movie Star™, but as a goofy, energetic regular who likes to scale the walls a few times per week when he’s in town, the kind of guy who, when an employee offers him a sip of her mango smoothie, happily takes her up on it. (The smoothie is pretty tasty, he confirms.)

But here’s the thing: Elgort thinks he may have just compared himself to Pablo Picasso (and in fact he kind of did), but it’s an honest—or make that earnest—mistake. See, the night before we meet, he encountered one of those surreal, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming situations that up-and-coming actors sometimes find themselves in. He was hanging out at the Manhattan townhouse of Diana Widmaier-Picasso, granddaughter of Pablo, hobnobbing with A-listers Robert De Niro and Whoopi Goldberg, television mastermind Ryan Murphy, and cinematic auteurs Baz Luhrmann and David O. Russell. The whole experience was like an electric rod right through him, inspiring and energizing, and it got him thinking about Picasso, and then art, and about how, for Picasso, art wasn’t about the finished product—it was about the process. Then a light bulb went off.

That’s why he was so prolific,” he says excitedly, between sets of clambering up the gym walls like an overgrown simian, albeit one with a boyish jaw and pout worthy of 7.6 million Instagram followers. His hands and black sweats are dusted white with climber’s chalk, his hair an untamed tangle on his head, and his gait a turned-out waddle, thanks to years of dance lessons. “He wasn’t overthinking it, he was just constantly making art.” That’s what Elgort, who exploded onto the scene just three years ago, starring in the hit teen tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, adapted from the YA bestseller by John Green, wants—to create art, to constantly evolve, to, you know, be like Picasso. “He did a lot of different-looking stuff over time. Sometimes he did things that were very three-dimensional, sometimes he did things that were very flat, sometimes he did sculpture. He went all over the place. I think it’s okay to do that.” And without missing a beat: “My music is changing constantly. Every time I make a new song, it’s a different sound. And that’s okay, too. For whatever reason, society wants you to do one thing.” It’s here that he grimaces. “I’m not trying to compare myself to Picasso,” he continues. “So, please don’t make me sound like a douchebag.”

Ansel Elgort is many things, but a douchebag is not one of them. He wouldn’t even have time to be one, even if he were so inclined. A New York native and son of famed photographer Arthur Elgort, the 23-year-old has parlayed an adolescent interest in musical theater—he went to Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, on which the movie Fame was based, and attended Stagedoor Manor, a musical theater summer camp that counts Robert Downey Jr. and Natalie Portman as alumni—into a career as a Renaissance man for the social-media age. He’s an actor, singer, music producer, DJ (as alter ego Ansolo), and dancer. Right now he has four film projects in production, in addition to this summer’s car-chase flick Baby Driver. He released the electronic power ballad “Thief” in the spring along with an accompanying music video, a family affair directed by his brother and starring his girlfriend, Violetta Komyshan. And that’s not to mention his normal-guy hobbies like shooting basketball, putting in a few hours a week at the local climbing gym, playing video games, and keeping up with his love of making miniature models (yes, really).

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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