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Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort 2014 Divergent Premiere (cropped).jpg
Elgort at the film premiere of Divergent on 18 March 2014
Born(1994-03-14) March 14, 1994 (age 20)

New York City, New York, United States
Other namesAnsølo
OccupationActor, model, DJ, music producer
Years active2012–present
Ansel Elgort (born March 14, 1994) is an American actor, model, music producer and DJ under the name "Ansølo". As a film actor, he is known for playing Tommy Ross in Carrie (2013), Caleb Prior in Divergent (2014), and Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars (2014).


    Early life

    Elgort was born in New York City. His parents are Arthur Elgort, a photographer who has worked for Vogue, and Grethe Barrett Holby, an opera director. His father is of Russian Jewish descent, and his mother is of English, German, and Norwegian 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 at a concentration camp.

    Elgort has two older siblings, Warren, a film editor, and Sophie, a photographer. At the age of nine, his mother took him to try out for School of American Ballet. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and the Stagedoor Manor summer camp. Elgort started taking acting classes at the age of twelve. He starred in his high school's production of Guys and Dolls. He appeared in the off-Broadway play, Regrets, by Matt Charman.



    Elgort's acting career began through professional stage acting, in Regrets, by Matt Charman. His first on-screen role was a secondary role in the 2013 remake of Carrie.

    Elgort's first highly publicized role was in Divergent as Caleb, the brother of the protagonist, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley. The film, based on a popular young adult novel by Veronica Roth, was released on March 21, 2014.

    In May 2013, immediately after 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, as 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 Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The film, directed by Josh Boone, was released on June 6, 2014.

    Elgort will co-star in the upcoming comedy film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman.

    On 23 June 2014, Deadline announced that Elgort 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 an American. The adaptation will be produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who also produced The Fault in our Stars.


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    Elgort has been modeling since a young age; one of his first works was for Teen Vogue in 2009 when he was 15. Since then he has done shoots for magazines and with his sister and dad, who are professional photographers.

    For a charity event at his old school, he modeled in a calendar called "The 12 Months of Ansel"; the photos were taken by his sister, Sophie Elgort. He also modeled in 7000 magazine in 2012 and 2013. At the beginning of 2013 he worked with Cara Delevingne for the US edition of Vogue.

    He was a part of Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood Photo shoot in September 2013 and has also worked with Flaunt, Seventeen, Elle, and Interview.


    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.

    Elgort's first record "Unite" was released on 21 April 2014, and 5 May on iTunes.

    Personal life

    Elgort has been dating his girlfriend, dancer Violetta Komyshan since they met in high school.


    2013CarrieTommy Ross
    2014DivergentCaleb Prior
    2014The Fault in Our StarsAugustus Waters
    2015Men, Women & ChildrenTim MooneyPost-production
    2015The Divergent Series: InsurgentCaleb PriorFilming

    Awards and nominations

    2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: DramaThe Fault In Our StarsPending
    2014Young Hollywood AwardsFan Favorite Actor – MaleThe Fault in Our Stars / DivergentPending
    2014Young Hollywood AwardsBreakthrough ActorThe Fault In Our Stars / DivergentPending
    2014Young Hollywood AwardsBest On-Screen Couple (shared with Shailene Woodley)The Fault In Our StarsPending

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