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Ansel Elgort
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Elgort at the premiere of Baby Driver in July 2017
Born (1994-03-14) March 14, 1994 (age 23)
New York City, U.S.
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2012–present
Partner(s) Violetta Komyshan[1]
Parent(s) Arthur Elgort
Grethe Barrett Holby
Musical career
Also known as Ansølo
Genres
Instruments
Labels
  • Island/Universal Records 2015-present
Associated acts Tom Staar,Too Many Zooz, Logic

Ansel Elgort (born March 14, 1994)[2][3][4] is an American actor, singer and DJ (under the name Ansølo).[5][6] As a film actor, he played Tommy Ross in the horror film Carrie (2013), Caleb Prior in The Divergent Series franchise, Augustus Waters in the romantic teen drama The Fault in Our Stars (2014),[7] and the title character in Edgar Wright's action thriller Baby Driver (2017), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

Early life

Elgort was born in Manhattan.[8] His parents are Arthur Elgort, a fashion photographer who has worked extensively for Vogue for over thirty years,[9][10] and Grethe Barrett Holby, an opera director.[11][12] His father is of Russian Jewish descent,[13][14] and his mother is of Norwegian, English, and German ancestry.[15] His 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.[12][16] Elgort is named after photographer Ansel Adams.[17]

Elgort has two older siblings, Warren, a film editor, and Sophie, a photographer.[18][19] At the age of nine, his mother took him to try out for School of American Ballet.[11] He attended The Professional Performing Arts School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Stagedoor Manor summer camp.[8] 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.[11][20]

Career

Acting

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.[21] Elgort next co-starred in the comedy film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and released in October 2014.[22]

In 2014, Elgort was named one of the best actors under twenty years of age.[23] Elgort reunited with Chloe Grace Moretz to present the award for Best Visual Effects at the 2015 Oscars.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

Elgort will star in the film Billionaire Boys Club, opposite Kevin Spacey, Carey Elwes, Emma Roberts and Taron Egerton, and directed by James Cox. He will also headline The Goldfinch, an adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel, scheduled for 2019.

On June 23, 2014, Deadline.com 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.[29] On June 27, 2017, it was announced that Elgort would portray future President John F. Kennedy during his time in the United States Navy in the film Mayday 109.[30]

He is represented by CAA and Brookside Artist Management's Emily Gerson Saines.[31]

Music

Elgort at the premiere of Divergent, 2014

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.[citation needed]

His first record "Unite" was released on April 21, 2014, on Beatport, and May 5, 2014, on iTunes.[5] His second record, "Totem", was released July 21, 2014, on Beatport and iTunes.[32] His single "To Life", a Bar Mitzvah-themed song inflected with klezmer music, was released in September 2015.[6][33]

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.

He was featured on rapper Logic's third studio album, Everybody, released on May 5, 2017, on a song titled "Killing Spree".[34]

On January 11, 2018, he released a single called "Supernova".[35]

Personal life

Elgort began dating his high school sweetheart, Violetta Komyshan, in 2012. The couple broke up in August 2014 primarily due to the actor's burgeoning career and hectic schedule[36] but reconciled after five months of separation in January 2015.[37]

He is a skateboarder and an avid sportsman, often seen playing pickup basketball. As a hobby, he also took to miniature painting displaying some of his work.[6]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Carrie Tommy Ross
2014 Divergent Caleb Prior
The Fault in Our Stars Augustus Waters
Men, Women & Children Tim Mooney
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Caleb Prior
Paper Towns Mason Cameo
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Caleb Prior
2017 Baby Driver Baby / Miles
November Criminals Addison Schacht
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Joe Hunt Post-production
2019 The Goldfinch Theo Decker Filming

Discography

EPs

  • 2018: Super Nova

Singles

Title Year Album
Credited as Ansolo
"Unite"[38] 2014 Non-album singles
"Totem" (with Tom Staar)[39]
"To Life" (with Too Many Zooz)[40] 2015
"Yin Yang" (with Maxum)[41] 2016
Credited as Ansel Elgort
"Home Alone"[42] 2016 Non-album singles
"Thief"[43] 2017
"You Can Count on Me"[44]
(featuring Logic)
"All I Think About Is You"
"Supernova"[45] 2018

Remixes

Title Original artists Year Album
"Clarity" (Ansolo Remix)[46] Zedd featuring Foxes 2013 Non-album singles
"Strong" (Ansolo Remix)[47] Arno Cost & Norman Doray 2014
"Runaway (U & I)" (Ansolo Remix)[48] Galantis 2015
"I Wanna Know" (Ansolo Remix)[49] Alesso featuring Nico & Vinz 2016

Music videos

Title Year Director(s) Notes Ref.
"Be The One" 2016 Daniel Kaufman Guest appearance [50]
"Thief" 2017 Warren Elgort [51]
"Supernova" 2018 Colin Tilley [52]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result Ref.
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
Breakthrough Actor Nominated
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
Breakthrough 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 [27]

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