Ansel Elgort –

Ansel Elgort in Divergent.

About Ansel Elgort (1994 – ____)

Ansel 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 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 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 The Professional Performing Arts School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Stagedoor Manor summer camp. While at LaGuardia, Elgort performed in a rendition of Hairspray with Kyle Jean-Baptiste. He started taking acting classes at the age of twelve and starred in his high school's productions of Guys and Dolls and the aforementioned Hairspray.

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 (Shailene Woodley). The film, based on a popular young adult novel by Veronica Roth, was released in March of 2014.

Immediately after the filming of Divergent, Elgort played Augustus Waters in the film adaptation of John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars, opposite Woodley. 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 in June 2014. Elgort next co-starred in the comedy film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and released in October 2014. He also reprised his role, Caleb Prior, in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second film of the book series. The film was released in March 2015.

In 2017 Elgort played the lead, Addison Schacht, in the book adaptation The November Criminals with Chloƫ Grace Moretz.

Also in 2017, Ansel starred in a remake of Billionaire Boys Club opposite Kevin Spacey, Carey Elwes, Emma Roberts and Taron Egerton. The film was directed by James Cox.

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

Ansel Elgort's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2013CarrieTommy Ross
2014DivergentCaleb Prior
2014The Fault in Our StarsAugustus Waters
2014Men, Women & ChildrenTim Mooney
2015The Divergent Series: InsurgentCaleb Prior
2015Paper TownsMason
2016The Divergent Series: AllegiantCaleb Prior
2017Baby DriverBaby
2017November CriminalsAddison Schacht
2017Billionaire Boys ClubJoe Hunt

Memorable Quotes by Ansel Elgort

“ I got into movies watching old films my dad had, the old Elia Kazan movies. It was those old movies, actually, that really got me started. Marlon Brando, Paul Newman — straight-up legends. ”

“ 'East of Eden' is an important story for me. It's about a kid that's misunderstood and feels like he's not loved by his father. It's a very father-son kind of story, and it's not until the end that they sort of make up. I like that because every boy has trouble with his father, so it's very relatable. ”

“ 'The Fault in Our Stars' is a beautiful film that's really positive. The second half gets sad, but it's always positive. ”

“ A lot of high school students on TV and in Broadway are played by people in their late 20s and even early 30s. That seems weird to me. ”

“ When girls scream my name and start crying, I blush like crazy. ”

“ Most actors nowadays are models turned actors. That's why a lot of young actors are terrible. You have to learn how to act. It is not something that you can just do. ”

Things You May Not Know About Ansel Elgort

Ansel's paternal grandfather, Harry Elgort, was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while Ansel's paternal grandmother, Sophie Didimamoff, was born in New York, to immigrants from Russia.

Ansel's maternal grandfather, Warren Barrett Holby, was a prominent Westchester real estate developer, and had English and German ancestry. Ansel's maternal grandmother, Aase-Grethe, was Norwegian; during World War II, she served in the Resistance for the Norwegian Government-in-exile, and helped save Jews in Norway from the Holocaust.

He has a reputation for revealing plot-spoilers about his movies in interviews.

He and Shailene Woodley have played brother and sister in Divergent and love interests in The Fault in Our Stars.

He is a New York Knicks fan.

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Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars (2014).
Elgort with Chloe Grace Moretz in November Criminals (2017).
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With Kaitlyn Dever in Men, Women & Children (2014).
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In The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)... middle picture with
Kate Winslet... bottom picture with Shailene Woodley and Theo James.
With Shailene Woodley in Divergent (2014).
With Chloe Grace Moretz in Carrie (2013).
In Bystander Revolution (2014).
With Taron Egerton, Jeremy Irvine, Ryan Rottman,
and Thomas Cocquerel in Billionaire Boys Club (2017).
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Ansel Elgort in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)... top picture
with Shailene Woodley... bottom picture with Maggie Q, Shailene Woodley,
Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, and Theo James.