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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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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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THE A.V. CLUB – In a recent interview with The A.V. Club, director Edgar Wright and the cast of Baby Driver showed off their film trivia skills. Jon Hamm, Eiza González, and Ansel Elgort combine strengths to take down Wright but prove to be no match for the director’s cinema knowledge. Wright even takes the opportunity to correct our own Alex McLevy on one of his questions. Clearly, we’re all out of our depths.

MTV INTERNATIONAL – How well can Ansel Elgort and Lily James lip read each other? The stars of new musical action comedy Baby Driver play a hilarious game of The Whisper Challenge!

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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As previously posted on the site, Ansel is featured on the cover of the July/August issue of Gentleman’s Journal! The cover and photos from the photoshoot have been released. You can check them out in the gallery! I will try to get scans of the magazine as soon as I can!

Magazine Scans > 2017 > Gentleman’s Journal (July/August)
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 12 | Gentleman’s Journal

On Tuesday (June 27), Ansel and Edgar Wright talked with the BUILD Series to discuss Baby Driver. I have added photos from the interview as well as portraits taken at the studio to the gallery! The interview can be watched below if you missed it!

Public Appearances > 2017 > Jun 27 | BUILD Series
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 11 | BUILD Series