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Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort
Elgort at the film premiere of Divergent on March 18, 2014
Born (1994-03-14) March 14, 1994
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, disc-jockey, musician, singer, producer
Years active 2012–present
Parent(s) Arthur Elgort
Grethe Barrett Holby

Ansel Elgort (born March 14, 1994)[1][2][3] is an American actor, music producer, and DJ under the stage name Ansolo (sometimes stylized as Ansølo).[4] As a film actor, he is known for playing Tommy Ross in Carrie (2013), Caleb Prior in The Divergent Series (2014) and Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars (2014).[5]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Acting 2.1
    • Music 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Discography 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
    • Teen Choice Awards 6.1
    • Young Hollywood Awards 6.2
    • NewNowNext Awards 6.3
    • People´s Choice Awards 6.4
    • Critics' Choice Movie Awards 6.5
    • MTV Movie Awards 6.6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Elgort was born in Manhattan.[6] 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.[7][8] His father is of Russian Jewish descent, and his mother is of English, German, and Norwegian ancestry.[9] 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.[8][10]

Elgort has two older siblings, Warren, a film editor, and Sophie, a photographer.[11] At the age of nine, his mother took him to try out for School of American Ballet.[12] He attended The Professional Performing Arts School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Stagedoor Manor summer camp.[6] While at LaGuardia, Elgort performed in a rendition of Hairspray with Kyle Jean-Baptiste.[13] Elgort 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.[12]



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, the brother of Beatrice Prior (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 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 and amputee. The film, directed by Josh Boone, was released on June 6, 2014.[14] Elgort next co-starred in the comedy film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and released in October 2014.[15] He also reprised his role, Caleb Prior, in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second film of the book series Divergent. The film was released March 20, 2015.

On June 23, 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 from the USA. The adaptation will be produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who also produced The Fault in our Stars.[16] In January 2015, Elgort had also signed to play the lead, Addison Schacht, in the book adaptation The November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz. [17] Elgort then reunited with Moretz to present the award for Best Visual Effects at the 2015 Oscars. [18]

Elgort is represented by CAA and Brookside Artist Management's Emily Gerson Saines.[19]


Under the name "Ansolo", 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.

His first record "Unite" was released on April 21, 2014 on Beatport, and May 5, 2014 on iTunes.[4] His second record, "Totem", was released July 21, 2014 on Beatport and iTunes.

He played in the Electric Zoo Festival main stage in 2014, Ultra Music Festival main stage in March 2015, played in 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 Records.

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[20] but reconciled after five months of separation.[21]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Carrie Tommy Ross
2014 Divergent Caleb Prior
2014 The Fault in Our Stars Augustus Waters
2014 Men, Women & Children Tim Mooney
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Caleb Prior
2015 Paper Towns Mason Cameo
2016 November Criminals Addison Schacht In Production
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Caleb Prior Filming


(as Ansolo)

  • 2014: "Unite"
  • 2014: "Totem"
  • 2015: "To Life"
  • 2013: Zedd feat. Foxes - "Clarity" (Ansolo Remix)
  • 2014: Arno Cost & Norman Doray - "Strong" (Ansolo Remix)

Awards and nominations

Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards show that honors the year's biggest achievements in music, movies, sports, television, fashion, and more.
Year Category Nominated work Result
2014 Choice Movie Actor: Drama The Fault in Our Stars Won
Choice Liplock (shared with Shailene Woodley) Won
Choice Chemistry (shared with Shailene Woodley and Nat Wolff) Won
Choice Movie Breakout Star The Fault in Our Stars / Divergent Won
2015 Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure The Divergent Series: Insurgent Nominated

Young Hollywood Awards

The Young Hollywood Awards is an award presented annually which honors the year's biggest achievements in pop music, movies, sports, television, fashion and more, as voted on by teenagers aged 13–19 and young adults. The award ceremonies also honor rising and promising young aged performers in Hollywood.
Year Category Nominated work Result
2014 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

NewNowNext Awards

The NewNowNext-Awards is an American annual entertainment awards show, presented by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-themed channel Logo. Launched in 2008, awards are presented both for LGBT-specific and general interest achievements in entertainment and pop culture.
Year Category Nominated work Result
2014 Best New Film Actor The Fault in Our Stars Won

People´s Choice Awards

The People's Choice Awards is an American awards show, recognizing the people and the work of popular culture, voted on by the general public.
Year Category Nominated work Result
2015 Favorite Movie Duo (shared with Shailene Woodley) The Fault in Our Stars Nominated

Critics' Choice Movie Awards

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards (formerly known as the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award) are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) to honor the finest in cinematic achievement.
Year Category Nominated work Result
2015 Best Young Actor/Actress The Fault in Our Stars Nominated

MTV Movie Awards

The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on MTV. The nominees are decided by producers and executives at MTV. Winners are decided online by the general public. Presently voting is done through MTV's official website through a special Movie Awards link at
Year Category Nominated work Result
2015 Best Male Performance The Fault in Our Stars Nominated
Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Shirtless Performance Nominated
Best Kiss (shared with Shailene Woodley) Won
Best Duo (shared with Shailene Woodley) Nominated


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