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GQ – If you ever see Ansel Elgort driving around, flag him down. He’ll probably be eager to teach you how to do a burnout. He’s gotten really good at it.
His new movie, Baby Driver, opened Wednesday, and it stars Elgort in the role of Baby, a heart-of-gold kid with a tragic past who helps a team of thieves—Jamie Foxx, John Hamm, Kevin Spacey—pull off heists by being their getaway driver. You get it.
Baby drives very fast and very sideways in cars like a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat, all while listening to music on his headphones—which violates a law in 15 states—to drown out a crippling bout of tinnitus caused by a childhood accident. His jams double as both the movie’s soundtrack and its door-slamming, chase-choreographing, explosion-exploding syncopation (a product of director Edgar Wright’s obsessive genius). It’s why GQ ‘s own Tom Philip calls Baby Driver “the best, most original action movie of the summer.” Being British, Tom is not given to unearned enthusiasm.

Ansel, however, very much is into enthusiasm. Which is why he happily explained the secret to drifting around a pair of oddball twins from Atlanta, what it’s like to obtain Flea’s musical approbation, and—most importantly—what tunes I should be playing for my 4-year-old daughter.

GQ: You grew up in New York City. Can you actually, legally drive?
Elgort: Yes, I can! I got my permit at 16 and then I got my license at 19 right before I went to Pittsburgh for Fault in Our Stars, because I had done another movie and I was annoyed, being in a random city not being able to drive around. This was before Uber had popped off. And during The Fault in Our Stars I was definitely the designated driver, ‘cause when I’m doing a movie or a project, I don’t drink at all. We’d go to dinner and I would drive everyone around.

You don’t drink at all while you’re filming a movie?
No. Well, especially when I was 19 and I wasn’t drinking at all. [laughs] But even now I don’t really drink when I’m filming, because the days are so long and you gotta feel as healthy as possible.

Did you get to do any of the stunts yourself?
Yeah, a few. I did a lot of training. I remember my first day doing driving on set, saying, ‘Okay, what stunts am I doing today?’ And they say, ‘Uh, you’re not gonna be doing anything today, Ansel. You’re in a car with Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm, and you’re not gonna kill these guys.’ Unfortunately they only let me do four or five stunts throughout the film—ones where people weren’t in the car. I did a brake stand in the purple car, where I give a purse back to a woman. I did a drift around the ATL Twins after I steal the red car, where I light up the tires and make red smoke go everywhere. And another one with the Hellcat, as well.

What was the hardest stunt to master?
The brake stand around the ATL Twins was difficult because the Hellcat has so much horsepower. The trick with that stunt is you keep your foot on the brake, and then you light up the tires. And it’s about the modulation between your brake and your gas so that the tires spin but the car doesn’t start moving yet. Then you slowly release the brake and the car will spin, but you’re controlling the spin. Then right as your car’s about to fishtail out of control, you bring the wheel back, a lot of counter-steer, and that’s when you get that drift thing where the back is really moving back and forth. I practiced that a lot with the stunt team, so when I finally got to do it, I was allowed to do it around two human beings. I guess they were worried about Jamie Foxx, but not the ATL Twins.

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Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 13 | Wonderland

Ansel Elgort is ready to ride. With his latest feature film Baby Driver and an upstart music career, the 23-year-old actor/dancer/musician is firmly hunkered down in Hollywood’s driver’s seat, testing the limits of both what he can do and shifting gears before getting too comfortable.

If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he comes from a line of artistic provenance. His father, Arthur Elgort, is a legendary fashion photographer whose work has lined the pages of Vogue for the past 45 years, and his mother, Grethe Barrett Holby, is a highly respected opera director and choreographer. Watching Elgort on screen transports you to a bygone era of the matinee idol: his deliberate, low voice and classically handsome looks are reminiscent of old Hollywood.

Elgort jumped onto the screen and into our teen-girl fantasies with starring roles in the Divergent franchise and The Fault in Our Stars. Calling him a “heartthrob” is no understatement. The actor is so beloved, the wooden bench that he kissed The Fault in Our Stars co-star Shailene Woodley on in Amsterdam went missing after the film, presumably stolen by Ansølo-crazed fans (his track-spinning pseudonym). With only a handful of feature films under his belt, Elgort has quickly risen to the top. While he’s known for his work in the Young Adult genre, he’s dovetailing that with meatier, more serious roles where he can really flex his muscles, both literally and figuratively.

Swerving out of the YA lane is his role in Baby Driver, a high- speed, car chase movie that lands somewhere between action and crime genres with a musical twist. Sounds unique? It sure is. Directed by Edgar Wright, also behind the cult-classic Shaun of the Dead, the film casts Elgort as Baby, a “strong but silent type” getaway driver. Although Baby is a man of few words, he is never without a pair of headphones—listening to a personal soundtrack at all times in order to drown out the tinnitus he developed as a child, caused by a fatal car crash that took his parents’ lives. “What makes him an interesting character is that you see him in a lot of different situations,” reasons Elgort. “You don’t just see him with the crime crew, you see him at home, with his foster dad, you see him in the diner with [love interest] Deborah. That’s where you really get to know who he is.”

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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.”

COMPLEX – 22-year-old Ansel Elgort has quietly been building a name for himself in the music realm for almost five years away from the spotlight of his acting career. He’s already seen success as on the big screen (gut-wrenching YA-novel turned blockbuster The Fault In Our Stars, the Divergent series), but a true vigor for music stems from a childhood of musical theater. His computer offers refuge during hours upon hours of downtime on set where he is able to hone his craft on his own terms.

It’s no secret that a built-in fan base has been beneficial, but Elgort is insistent that he wants to build his sound and position organically. His big screen reputation might bring fans to the table, but he aspires to make music that will make them stay. As Ansolo, he is quickly becoming a festival circuit staple, playing Electric Zoo twice and Ultra shows all over the world. However, it’s debut single, “Home Alone,” that could be the catalyst for everything that happens next.

We caught up with the native New Yorker, who is currently working in Los Angeles to discuss his debut single, upcoming collaborations, his spontaneous sessions with Jamie Foxx, and why he feels it’s urgent that he use his platform to speak about movements that matter.

You’re Just a few weeks off a tour where you played your new song, “Home Alone,” live for the first time. How was that?
It was really cool. I didn’t expect do that, but then I sort of it did it spur of the moment. I wanted to see how the vibe was going to be and get a feel for how the audience was going to respond since it was an electronic show and the song is more of a pop track. I put the track on and stepped out in front with the mic and walked towards the floor. Everything just felt right, and I got a huge reaction from the crowd which was awesome.

Your debut single as Ansel Eglort, “Home Alone,” dropped officially July 22. Were you nervous to sing on it
No, you know I always knew I was going to sing on it. When I wrote the record, it was a very personal song. I wrote all the lyrics and ended up putting the song together over a three-year period. Originally, it was going to be over a dance record, but that didn’t feel right. It felt kind of forced. So I thought, maybe I can just do production for it so that it makes it electronic and emotional. I’m really happy with the final product.

You’ve remixed a track for Alesso. Former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell and Ingrosso have played your music at their shows. How important has it been to cultivate relationships with other DJs?
I think it’s been really great. It all happened really organically. Maybe three years ago, the first person I ever met was Pierce Fulton, who is also a DJ. We moved in together in Williamsburg. We have a common language and both love music. Of course, it was definitely nice to have the support. I’ve actually never met Axwell and Ingrosso though. They just played my record because they liked it. That’s what I really want. I don’t ever want… I never want anything to be unfair, you know?

Will you collaborate with any DJs in the future?
Yeah, totally. Martin [Garrix] and I, when we were in Korea together recently, we rode to the airport together and played each other a lot of music and had the idea of doing a record together that I would sing on. So, we’re definitely going to do something.

Your Instagram is peppered with pictures with pop stars like Justin Bieber, Charli XCX, and Halsey. Any chance you would recruit a singer or rapper to jump on one of your tracks?

Yeah, definitely. I’m already working on a record right now with Logic that I wrote and produced. Logic is going to do a verse on it. I’m really excited for that.

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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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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.’

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.

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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)