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New York City’s skyline glistens opposite the quiet Brooklyn waterfront where I stand with Ansel Elgort, the strikingly charismatic 20-year-old who has recently arrived as Hollywood’s new It boy. Like the buildings before us, the six-foot-four star towers over me. His tousled, light-brown hair peeks out from the flat orange brim of his New York Knicks hat, and he’s sporting a gray hoodie—it’s a look his on-screen persona Augustus Waters would wear.

By now, YA fans know exactly who Augustus Waters is: one half of the extraordinary teen duo from The Fault in Our Stars, John Green’s best-selling book with more than 7 million copies printed in 46 languages. The literary sensation turned film, branded as “one sick love story” on the movie poster (which immediately went viral), is about two terminally ill kids who meet at a cancer support group and stars Shailene Woodley as protagonist Hazel Grace Lancaster.

It was Divergent, however, that initially brought Shailene and Ansel together, when he played her brother, Caleb Prior—only his second movie role (his first was jock Tommy Ross in Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz). But being cast in the blockbuster almost prevented him from landing the part in TFIOS: “John Green was like, ‘Please be anyone but the girl’s brother from Divergent,'” Ansel remembers of his audition. He made a tape in his parents’ stairwell (his father is famed Vogue and Teen Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort, and his mother is opera director Grethe Holby) of three “tough scenes,” and Ansel won the role, beating out several higher-profile actors.

“Augustus is quirky, weird, and nerdy,” Ansel says, his brown eyes squinting against the morning light. “That’s kind of how I am in real life. Really!” While he cites slightly more cool-kid interests—like playing basketball, producing house music, and rock climbing—among his favorite things, he admits: “I paint miniatures and play video games, too. I have a lot in common with the guy!”

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Did you ever think of going to N.Y.U. or Juilliard after studying theater at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts?

I never really did that well in school because I was so absorbed with doing acting. I think for about nine years of my life I never was not in a production, [and] that got me really in that rhythm, but because of that, I didn’t love the idea of going to college, to be honest. It didn’t really make sense when I was clearly on a path to be a performer. In my head, I knew I was going to make it, so I was going to be fine and that was going to be my excuse to not go.

Were your parents O.K. with that?

Oh, yeah. I’ve worked really, really hard, but [where] I did get really lucky was with the parents I got to come from, because they were so supportive.

You have two movies with Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent. Tell me a little bit about working and who you are in Divergent . . .

In Divergent, the story is about Beatrice Prior, and I play her brother. I think the people from Fault in Our Stars were worried. They were like, “Why does this kid have to be the kid we want?” Supposedly I did the best audition and they all wanted me, but, of course, I had to be her brother in Divergent.

Oh, the brother to the lover boyfriend . . . [Laughs]

As much as they wished that I wasn’t ever cast in Divergent, I don’t think they would have cast me if I wasn’t in Divergent. I think you have [to] take those steps, because that’s the way the business works—you take one step at a time and then eventually you get to star in a big movie opposite Shailene. That’s why I am starting to believe in luck a little bit.

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May 2014
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May 2014
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John Green is crying again. Not because he’s sad, really. More like the way parents weep at weddings and at high school graduations. This sudden, unstoppable rush of happy tears has become so common for the 36-year-old author as he watches the filming of his 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, that it’s now a bit of a running joke. “John Green cries all the time,” says director Josh Boone, laughing. “This set basically has no testosterone whatsoever.”

This is a love story. It is a story of joy and devastating loss and, most of all, life. It will make you laugh and rejoice and think and feel and will expand your heart in gratitude and humility, and it will forever change the way you hear the word “okay,” and, yes, it will make you cry. If you are one of the millions of people who have read The Fault in Our Stars, you know this already. If you are not, prepare yourself — you will not walk away from this book, or this film, unaltered. Okay? Okay.
It’s September 2013 on a bright afternoon in Pittsburgh, and Shailene Woodley, who plays 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, stands in a simple blue dress the color of cornflowers and adjusts the cannula tubes in her nostrils. Her hair, so long and lustrous in her last film, Divergent, has been cropped short. She is waiting.

Hazel is a jeans-and-T-shirt girl. No makeup, no fuss. She also has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, so she must be connected to a portable oxygen tank to breathe. Not too long ago she met a boy named Augustus “Gus” Waters (Ansel Elgort) in a cancer support group — Gus was there for his friend Isaac (Nat Wolff). Gus is in remission (osteosarcoma), is handsome and clever, and has homed in on Hazel like a tractor beam. She has resisted him — her diagnosis is terminal, and she spends a lot of time worrying about the destructive effect her death will have on her parents. But he is fearless and persistent, and she has, despite herself, quietly fallen in love with him. They are about to go out to dinner in Amsterdam — they’ve joined forces on a quest to meet the reclusive author of Hazel’s favorite book (Willem Dafoe) — and now she is standing in this room, wearing this dress that her mother (Laura Dern) picked out for her, and she is waiting for him.

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Forget — for just a moment — about summer’s spandex-clad superheroes and cities being destroyed by robots and monsters. The Fault in Our Stars, out June 6 and adapted from the 2012 best-selling John Green novel, stands to be the must-see love story of the season.

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Sara Vilkomerson reports from The Fault in Our Stars set in Pittsburgh and explores how TFIOS — which tells the love story of two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group — became an unlikely YA phenomenon. “I tried to write the funniest, most honest love story I could about these kids who were living with a difficult disease. I never thought it would be popular,” says Green. “I certainly never imagined it would be a movie.”

Luckily, one studio decided to take a chance on the project. Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler remembers how producer Wyck Godfrey convinced her to make the film. “Wyck called me and said, ‘You can’t pass on this. You have to do this,” she says. “I said, ‘Why are you doing this to me?’ And he said, ‘Because. It makes you remember when you were a teenager and you were in love for the first time and you didn’t want to hang up the phone.’”

With a modest budget of $12 million, every piece of the TFIOS puzzle was carefully considered — from hiring director Josh Boone to casting rising stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the lead roles of Hazel and Augustus. Green, who was on set for just about every day of shooting, found the experience an unexpected pleasure. “Shailene has become Hazel to me. Ansel has become Gus,” he says. “The feeling I’ve had consistently is this deep weird joy.”

-Source: EW.com

Having already gone through the social media wringer when he was cast in the young-adult franchise “Divergent,” Ansel Elgort thought he had a pretty good idea about how passionate and protective readers can be about their favorite books. Then he won the role of Augustus Waters, the love interest in the movie adaptation of John Green’s bestselling romance “The Fault in Our Stars,” and the 20-year-old actor realized he had crossed into an uncharted realm.
For the first few hours after the news broke last May, Elgort’s Twitter following mushroomed, and many of the newcomers weren’t shy about sharing their opinion about his casting.

“I was on my phone nonstop, refreshing Twitter and reading all these aggressive comments,” Elgort remembers. “‘Who the … is this guy?’ ‘He’s not Augustus Waters!’ ‘He’s not what he looks like at all! His eyes aren’t even blue!'”

They are, in fact, hazel. And Elgort’s hair is light brown, not dark, as described in the book. But judging from fans’ enthusiastic reaction to an early screening of the movie (which arrives in theaters June 6), those surface distinctions will be quickly forgotten. As Green puts it: “Augustus was going to be the hardest character to cast. And I think once people see Ansel, they’ll realize there are more important things than the color of his eyes.”

At the beginning of “The Fault in Our Stars,” Augustus meets Hazel Grace Lancaster, the story’s 16-year-old narrator, at a cancer support group meeting. She doesn’t want to be there but then notices this “lean and muscular” older boy with a crooked smile staring at her, making her “rather blushy.” Afterward, she notices him looking at her again and asks him why.

“Because you’re beautiful,” he answers. “I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.”

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