Elgort at the premiere of Baby Driver in 2017
March 14, 1994|
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Fiorello H. LaGuardia Middle School|
|Also known as||Ansølo|
Ansel Elgort (born March 14, 1994) is an American actor, singer, and DJ (under the name Ansølo). Born to Arthur Elgort and Grethe Barrett Holby, he began his acting career with a supporting role in the horror film Carrie (2013).
Elgort gained wider recognition for starring as a cancer patient in the romantic teen drama The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and for his role in The Divergent Series franchise. 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. As a singer, he has released the singles "Thief" (2017) and "Supernova" (2018).
Elgort was born in Manhattan. His parents are Arthur Elgort, a fashion photographer who has worked extensively for Vogue for over thirty years, and Grethe Barrett Holby, an opera director. His father is of Russian Jewish descent, and his mother is of Norwegian, English, and German ancestry.
His 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 the age of nine, his mother took him to try out for School of American Ballet. Elgort went on to study there for 5 years.
He attended The Professional Performing Arts School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Stagedoor Manor summer camp. Elgort started taking acting classes at the age of twelve and at LaGuardia, Elgort performed in a rendition of Hairspray with Kyle Jean-Baptiste and starred in his school's productions of Guys and Dolls.
Elgort's acting career began through professional stage acting, in Regrets, by Matt Charman. His film debut was a secondary role in the 2013 remake of Carrie. His first highly publicized role was in Divergent as Caleb Prior, the brother of Beatrice Prior (played by Shailene Woodley). The film, based on a popular young adult novel by Veronica Roth, was released on March 21, 2014.
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 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 comedy film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and released in October 2014.
In 2014, Elgort was named one of the best actors under twenty years of age. Elgort reunited with Chloe 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 by 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.
On June 23, 2014, Deadline announced that he had been cast in the titular role in Van Cliburn. Based on the biography by Howard Reich, the film will depict Van Cliburn's rise to fame in 1958 when, in the midst of the Cold War, Cliburn won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in piano - an extraordinary event, since Cliburn was from the US. The adaptation will be produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who also produced The Fault in our Stars.
On February 9, 2018, it was reported that Elgort would costar alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya in crime thriller Finest Kind, in which two brothers, portrayed by Elgort and Gyllenhaal, "strike a dangerous deal with a crime syndicate that draws them into the Boston underworld."
On February 28, 2018, it was revealed that Elgort would star as Hans Christian Andersen in an untitled original musical film with music composed by Stephen Schwartz and script provided by David Magee. The film would find Elgort as Hans, "a young man who trapped in a world of his own imagination. And as Hans searches for a way back to reality, he comes face-to-face with characters from his own fairy tales, nearly all of whom try to trap him in their world forever."
Under the name Ansølo, 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 stated he had signed a record deal with Tom Staar's new label Staar Traxx and Steve Angello 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.
He 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, and released his first single titled "Home Alone" in July 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 2012, Elgort began dating his high school sweetheart, Violetta Komyshan (b. 1996), a ballerina. The couple broke up in August 2014 primarily due to the actor's burgeoning career and hectic schedule but reconciled after five months of separation in January 2015.
|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|
|Billionaire Boys Club||Joe Hunt|
|2019||The Goldfinch||Theodore "Theo" Decker||Post-production|
- 2018: Super Nova
Credited as Ansolo
|"Totem" (with Tom Staar)|
|"To Life" (with Too Many Zooz)||2015|
|"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|
|"Strong" (Ansolo Remix)||Arno Cost & Norman Doray||2014|
|"Runaway (U & I)" (Ansolo Remix)||Galantis||2015|
|"I Wanna Know" (Ansolo Remix)||Alesso featuring Nico & Vinz||2016|
|Dua Lipa||"Be the One"||2016||Daniel Kaufman||Guest appearance|||
|Ansel Elgort||"Thief"||2017||Warren Elgort|||
|Ansel Elgort||"Supernova"||2018||Colin Tilley|||
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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We have Norwegian roots, so we like to acknowledge that,
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