Ansel Elgort achieved star status in 2014 with the release of his box office hits “The Fault in Our Stars,” and the first of a three-part series, “Divergent,” and the 21-year-old actor hasn’t showed any sign of slowing down since. Before watching him as Augustus Waters or listening to one of his hot dance tracks, take a look at these 10 facts you should know about the star.
10. Not only is Elgort an incredible actor, he’s also a very talented dancer. He attended The Professional Performing Arts School in New York City, where he trained in tap, jazz and ballet for years. During an interview for Teen Vogue, the actor showed off his moves, ranging from the Charleston to some ’80s hip-hop.
9. The actor comes from a family that is super involved in the arts. His father, Arthur Elgort, is a famous fashion photographer that has worked for big-name magazines like Vogue and Rolling Stone, while his mother, Grethe Holby, is an opera director and producer. Ansel’s brother, Warren, is a film producer and his sister, Sophie, is a fashion photographer as well.
8. The 21-year-old spins sick beats as DJ Ansolo. He’s been producing and mixing music for 3 years, coming out with hits like “Shadow,” and “Totem,” which peaked at #9 on the iTunes dance charts. He’s even been signed by Island Records and has headlined at Pacha, a famous nightclub in Ibiza, Spain.
7. Unfortunately, the actor is a taken man. Elgort dates his high school sweetheart Violetta Komyshan; but the two took a short five-month break last year. In 2013, the couple filmed an ad campaign for fashion designer Amanda Uprichard where they showed off their moves and their natural chemistry. Too cute!
6. Anselites (as superfans call themselves) bake the actor his favorite sweet treat: cookie cake. After going on promotional tours for “The Fault in Our Stars,” Ansel started having tons of fans bake him cookie cakes and bring them to him at events. For his birthday, he and his fans even got #cookiecake trending on Twitter!
5. Elgort is an ally of the LGBTQ community. At the premier of the broadway hit “Finding Neverland,” he said in an interveiw with GLAAD that he “[doesn’t] see any reason why people shouldn’t be allowed to be who they want to be.” He hopes that people will be genuine in their efforts to make positive changes in the LGBTQ community.
4. His favorite hobby is probably one you’ve never heard of: painting miniatures. On 24mm surfaces like pebbles and mini canvases, Elgort paints beautiful replicas of famous paintings, including Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam and Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware.
3. He spent seven summers at Stagedoor Manor, a theater camp in the Catskills where fellow actors Natalie Portman, Lea Michele, and Robert Downey Jr. have also attended. At camp, he played roles in the musicals “Rent,” and “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
2. Although he loves house and EDM music, one of his all time favorite songs is “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin. The song is a 1924 composition that pulls influence from classical piano and jazz. The actor describes it as “a real piece of music.” But as for the one artist he most wants to produce for? Missy Elliot. Apparently, “Lose Control” was his jam when he was in middle school. He said, “I used to dance around to that sh*t all the time,” in an interview with GQ Magazine.
1. Last February, Elgort played in the NBA’s annual Celebrity All-Star Basketball Game with fellow stars Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Sarah Silverman and others. The actor got to show off his b-ball skills that he honed while he was on his high school’s team at LaGuardia High School in NYC. But despite earning two assists in the first quarter, he felt intimidated by NBA retiree Allan Houston and other players. In an interview with GQ, Elgort said that while it was cool to be playing with Houston, he couldn’t make a shot because Houston was “so huge.”