Ansel Elgort Biography

Actor, DJ (1994–)
American actor Ansel Elgort is best known for starring in the 2014 romance ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and the titular character in 2017’s action flick ‘Baby Driver.’

Who Is Ansel Elgort?

Ansel Elgort was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2018 for his titular role in Baby Driver (2017). He first entered the Hollywood mainstream starring opposite Shailene Woodley in two films: the sci-fi franchise Divergent (2014), where he played her brother, and in the drama The Fault in Our Stars (2014) — this time, as her love interest. In addition to acting, Elgort is passionate about music — he has a deal with Island Records as a songwriter and also works as an EDM DJ and producer, under the alias “Ansolo.”

Ansel Elgort Photo

Ansel Elgort poses for a portrait during the 'Baby Driver' premiere 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 11, 2017 in Austin, Texas. 

Movies

Elgort's film debut was in the horror reboot Carrie (2013), starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. The next year gave a big boost to his budding career, as he starred in two big-budget films that proved to be huge successes at the box office: Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, both starring Shailene Woodley.

He also appeared in Jason Reitman's drama Men, Women & Children (2014), which boasted headline actors Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. He returned for the sequels to Divergent, Insurgent in 2015 and Allegiant in 2016.

In 2017 Elgort starred in Edgar Wright's action-packed thriller Baby Driver, which also included stars Kevin Spacey and Lily James. The film turned out to be a box office smash.

Alias: Ansolo

Outside of acting, Elgort's passion is being an EDM (electronic dance music) artist. He not only writes his own music, but he also produces and DJs under the moniker "Ansolo." 

In 2014 Elgort signed a deal with Island Records and has performed in festivals like the Amsterdam Dance Event. He takes his music seriously and doesn't see it as a mere hobby. "Being accepted into [the EDM music scene], that’s the ultimate for me,” he said in an interview with GQ Magazine. “These other guys were playing my records before they knew who Ansolo was, just because it was on a big record label. And the record label signed me before they knew me as Ansolo."

Upcoming Roles

Elgort has been busy working on new film projects with upcoming roles in Jonathan, Billionaire Boys Club and The Goldfinch.

Early Years and Family

Ansel Elgort was born in New York City on March 14, 1994. His mother, Grethe, was a former dancer, and his father, Arthur, was a well-known fashion photographer. As creative parents, Grethe and Arthur encouraged Elgort in his artistic interests. He, along with his older brother and sister were raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Although Elgort initially tried his hand at dancing through the School of American Ballet, his teachers thought acting was a more suitable endeavor. At 12 Elgort began taking acting classes. He was a student at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts along with his friend, future Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet.

During his senior year in high school, Elgort earned his first professional acting role in the Off-Broadway play Regrets, opposite Gilmore GirlsAlexis Bledel.

Along with acting, Elgort also occasionally modeled, appearing in such fashion magazines as Seventeen, Elle and Teen Vogue. He also once worked with model and actress Cara Delevingne on a Vogue photo shoot.

When and Where Was Ansel Elgort Born?

Ansel Elgort was born in New York City on March 14, 1994.

Personal Life

Elgort is dating ballet dancer Violetta Komyshan, whom he knew since high school. The young couple live in Brooklyn.

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