Ansel Elgort (born March 14, 1994) is an American actor, singer, and DJ (under the name Ansølo). Born to photographer Arthur Elgort and stage producer Grethe Barrett Holby, he began his acting career with a supporting role in the horror film Carrie (2013).
Elgort at the premiere of Baby Driver in 2017
|Born||March 14, 1994|
New York City, U.S.
|Also known as||Ansølo|
Elgort gained wider recognition for starring as a teenage cancer patient in the romantic drama film The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and for his supporting role in The Divergent Series (2014–2016). In 2017, he played the title character in Edgar Wright's action thriller Baby Driver, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Elgort was born in New York City. His parents are Arthur Elgort, a fashion photographer who has worked extensively for Vogue for over 30 years, and Grethe Barrett Holby, an opera director. Elgort's father is of Russian Jewish descent, and his mother is of Norwegian, English and German ancestry.
Elgort's Norwegian maternal grandmother, Aase-Grethe, was in the Norwegian resistance during World War II and saved Norwegian Jewish children by moving them into neutral Sweden; because of these activities, she was imprisoned in a concentration camp. Elgort is named after photographer Ansel Adams.
The third of three children, he has two older siblings: sister Sophie Elgort (born 1986), a fashion photographer, and brother Warren Elgort (born 1989), a cinematographer. At age nine, his mother took him to try out for School of American Ballet. Elgort went on to study there for five years.
Elgort attended The Professional Performing Arts School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Stagedoor Manor summer camp. Elgort started taking acting classes at age 12 and at LaGuardia, where he performed in a rendition of Hairspray with schoolmate Kyle Jean-Baptiste and starred in the school's productions of Guys and Dolls. During high school, in 2009, he appeared in Teen Vogue alongside Polish model Jac Jagaciak in an editorial photographed by his father.
Elgort's first professional acting appearance was a few months before graduating high school, just days after his 18th birthday, when he premiered a lead role in an Off-Broadway production of Regrets in March 2012. His film debut was in the 2013 remake of Carrie, in the key secondary role of the lead character's prom date. His first highly publicized role was in Divergent (2014) as Caleb Prior, the brother of the lead character.
Immediately after the filming of Divergent was completed, it was announced that Elgort would play Augustus Waters in the film adaptation of John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars opposite Shailene Woodley, who would play Hazel Grace Lancaster. The film followed the story of Hazel, a teenage cancer patient, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with Waters, an ex-basketball player. The film, directed by Josh Boone, was released on June 6, 2014. Elgort next co-starred in the dramatic film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and released in October 2014; it co-starred his LaGuardia classmate Timothée Chalamet.
In 2014, Elgort was named one of the best actors under 20 years of age. Elgort reunited with Chloë Grace Moretz to present the award for Best Visual Effects at the 2015 Oscars. He also reprised his role, Caleb Prior, in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second film of the book series Divergent, which was released March 20, 2015, and in the third film, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which was released on March 18, 2016.
In 2016, Elgort was on a shortlist of actors for the role of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story. After Alden Ehrenreich was cast in May 2016, Elgort expressed some relief, saying that if he had been cast, he would have had to change his DJ name, Ansølo.
In 2017, Elgort played the title role in the action film Baby Driver, directed by Edgar Wright, and also starring Lily James and Kevin Spacey. Elgort's audition in 2014 required him to lip sync and dance to the song of his choosing. The film received positive reviews and performed well at the box office. He received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination for it. Also that year, Elgort played Addison Schacht in the drama thriller film November Criminals, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, starring again with Chloë Grace Moretz.
Elgort stars in the film Billionaire Boys Club, opposite Kevin Spacey, Cary Elwes, Emma Roberts and Taron Egerton and directed by James Cox. Due to claims of sexual harassment against Spacey, the future of the film was uncertain and no release date was set. The film was initially released through video on demand on July 17, 2018, prior to a limited release in theaters on August 17, 2018, by Vertical Entertainment. Elgort played the lead role in the 2019 release The Goldfinch, an adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel. The film was critically panned and a box office bomb.
Elgort will next star in the lead role of Tony in of West Side Story an adaption of the musical of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg. It is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020. Elgort will play the role of journalist Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice, a television adaption of Adelstein's non-fiction memoir for HBO Max. Michael Mann and Destin Daniel Cretton will direct episodes of the series, written by J.T. Rogers Production on the series was halted after six days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elgort is attached to numerous film projects in development; Mayday 109, portraying the role of John F. Kennedy, during his time in the United States Navy, The crime thriller Finest Kind opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, An untitled musical film portraying Hans Christian Andersen, and "The Great High School Impostor", based upon the true story of Artur Samarin, a Ukrainian man who in 2012 overstayed his visa and then posed as an American high school student from the ages of 19–23 years old.
Under the name Ansolo, Elgort created a SoundCloud account to publish electronic dance music, and he has remixed songs such as "Born to Die" by Lana del Rey. In a livestream in February 2014, he said he had signed a record deal with Tom Staar's new label, Staar Traxx, and Steve Angello's label, Size Records.
His first record, Unite, was released on April 21, 2014, on Beatport, and May 5, 2014, on iTunes. His second record, Totem, was released July 21, 2014, on Beatport and iTunes. His single "To Life", a Bar Mitzvah-themed song inflected with klezmer music, was released in September 2015.
Elgort played at the Electric Zoo Festival main stage in 2014, the Ultra Music Festival main stage in March 2015, played in a red-light dance music event in Amsterdam in 2014, opened some The Chainsmokers shows, a Nervo show and some others shows with his friends Nicky Romero and Martin Garrix. He played his first headline show on his 21st birthday on Pacha NYC.
In 2015, he signed a record deal with Island/Universal Records, releasing his first single on the label, "Home Alone", on July 8, 2016.
On February 3, 2017, he released a single called "Thief" under the name Ansel Elgort. The music video featured his girlfriend Violetta Komyshan, a ballet dancer.
On January 11, 2018, he released a single called "Supernova".
In April 2020, Elgort posted a nude photo of himself on social media as part of a fundraising effort to feed those affected by COVID-19. On his 21st birthday, Elgort asked friends, family, and fans to donate to the Thirst Project.
In June 2020, a woman on Twitter accused Elgort of sexually assaulting her in 2014 when she was 17 and he was 20. The age of consent in New York is 17. Elgort denied the allegation in a post on his Instagram page, saying that he and the woman had a "brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship".
|The Fault in Our Stars||Augustus Waters|
|Men, Women & Children||Tim Mooney|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Caleb Prior|
|2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Caleb Prior|
|2017||Baby Driver||Baby / Miles|
|November Criminals||Addison Schacht|
|2018||Jonathan||Jonathan / John|
|Billionaire Boys Club||Joe Hunt|
|2019||The Goldfinch||Theodore "Theo" Decker|
|2020||West Side Story||Tony||In post-production|
|TBA||Tokyo Vice||Jake Adelstein||Also executive producer|
Credited as Ansolo
|"Unite" (with Special Features)||2014||Non-album singles|
|"Totem" (with Tom Staar)|
|"The Right Stuff" (with Jerm)||2015|
|"To Life" (with Too Many Zooz)|
|"Yin Yang" (with Maxum)||2016|
Credited as Ansel Elgort
|"Home Alone"||2016||Non-album singles|
|"You Can Count on Me"|
|"All I Think About Is You"|
|"Clarity" (Ansolo Remix)||Zedd featuring Foxes||2013||Non-album singles|
|"Runaway" (Ansolo Remix)||Pierce Fulton||2014|
|"Strong" (Ansolo Remix)||Arno Cost & Norman Doray|
|"Runaway (U & I)" (Ansolo Remix)||Galantis||2015||Runaway (U & I) [Remixes] - Single|
|"I Wanna Know" (Ansolo Remix)||Alesso featuring Nico & Vinz||2016||I Wanna Know (feat. Nico & Vinz) [The Remixes] - Single|
As featured artist
Credited as Ansel Elgort
(Logic feat. Ansel Elgort)
(Don Diablo feat. Ansel Elgort)
|Dua Lipa||"Be the One"||2016||Daniel Kaufman||Guest appearance|||
|Ansel Elgort||"Thief"||2017||Warren Elgort|||
|Ansel Elgort||"Supernova"||2018||Colin Tilley|||
|J.I.D||"Off da Zoinkys"||2019||Scott Lazer|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Shailene Woodley)||The Fault in Our Stars||Won|
|Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Shailene Woodley and Nat Wolff)||Won|
|Fan Favorite Actor – Male||The Fault in Our Stars / Divergent||Won|
|Best On-Screen Couple (shared with Shailene Woodley)||The Fault in Our Stars||Won|
|Best New Film Actor||Won|
|2015||Favorite Movie Duo (shared with Shailene Woodley)||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor/Actress||Nominated|
|Best Male Performance||Nominated|
|Best Shirtless Performance||Nominated|
|Best Kiss (shared with Shailene Woodley)||Won|
|Best Duo (shared with Shailene Woodley)||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor: Action||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Nominated|
|2017||Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Baby Driver||Nominated|||
|2018||Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Performance in a Movie||Nominated|||
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As a born and raised New Yorker...
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We have Norwegian roots, so we like to acknowledge that,
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