kids encyclopedia robot

Ansel Elgort facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort (35875410045) (colour edited).jpg
Elgort in 2017
Born (1994-03-14) March 14, 1994 (age 30)
  • Actor
  • singer
  • DJ
Years active 2012–present
  • Arthur Elgort (father)
  • Grethe Barrett Holby (mother)
Relatives Sam Morril (cousin)
Musical career
Also known as Ansølo
  • Vocals
  • turntables
Associated acts
  • Tom Staar
  • Too Many Zooz
  • Logic

Ansel Elgort (born March 14, 1994) is an American actor and singer. He began his acting career with a supporting role in the horror film Carrie (2013). He gained wider recognition for starring as a teenage cancer patient in the romantic drama film The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and for his supporting role in The Divergent Series (2014–2016).

In 2017, Elgort played the title character in Edgar Wright's action thriller Baby Driver, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. He starred as Tony in Steven Spielberg's musical film West Side Story (2021); from 2022 to 2024, he portrayed Jake Adelstein in the crime series Tokyo Vice.

Early life, family and education

Elgort was born in New York City. His parents are Arthur Elgort, a fashion photographer who has worked extensively for Vogue magazine and Grethe Barrett Holby, an opera director. Elgort's father named him after prominent nature photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984). He is of Russian Jewish descent on his father's side; and of Norwegian ancestry on his mother's.

Elgort's 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 in a concentration camp. He is a cousin of comedian Sam Morril, who is the son of his paternal uncle.

Elgort has two older siblings: sister Sophie Elgort (born 1986), a fashion photographer, and brother Warren Elgort (born 1989), a cinematographer. At age nine, Ansel auditioned for the School of American Ballet. Elgort studied there for five years.

Elgort attended Trinity School (New York City), The Professional Performing Arts School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Stagedoor Manor summer camp. Elgort started taking acting classes at age 12 and at LaGuardia, where he performed in a rendition of Hairspray with schoolmate Kyle Jean-Baptiste and starred in the school's productions of Guys and Dolls. During high school, in 2009, he appeared in Teen Vogue alongside Polish model Jac Jagaciak in an editorial photographed by his father.



Elgort's first professional acting appearance was a few months before graduating high school, just days after his 18th birthday, when he premiered a lead role in an Off-Broadway production of Regrets in March 2012. His film debut was in the 2013 remake of Carrie, in the key secondary role of the lead character's prom date. His first highly publicized role was in Divergent (2014) as Caleb Prior, the brother of the lead character.

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 Shailene 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, a former basketball player. The film, directed by Josh Boone, was released on June 6, 2014. Elgort next co-starred in the dramatic film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and released in October 2014; it co-starred his LaGuardia classmate Timothée Chalamet.

Ansel Elgort 2014 Divergent Premiere (cropped)
Elgort at the premiere of Divergent, 2014

In 2014, Elgort was named one of the best actors under 20 years of age. Elgort reunited with Carrie co-star Chloë Grace Moretz to present the award for Best Visual Effects at the 2015 Oscars. He also reprised his role, Caleb Prior, in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second film of the book series Divergent, which was released March 20, 2015, and in the third film, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which was released on March 18, 2016.

In 2016, Elgort was on a shortlist of actors for the role of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story. After Alden Ehrenreich was cast in May 2016, Elgort expressed some relief, saying that if he had been cast, he would have had to change his DJ name, Ansølo.

In 2017, Elgort played the title role in the action film Baby Driver, directed by Edgar Wright, and also starring Lily James and Kevin Spacey. Elgort's audition in 2014 required him to lip sync and dance to the song of his choosing. The film received positive reviews and performed well at the box office. Elgort received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance. Also that year, he played Addison Schacht in the drama thriller film November Criminals, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, starring again with Chloë Grace Moretz.

Elgort starred in the film Billionaire Boys Club, opposite Kevin Spacey, Cary Elwes, Emma Roberts and Taron Egerton and directed by James Cox. ..... The film was initially released through video on demand on July 17, 2018, prior to a limited release in theaters on August 17, 2018, by Vertical Entertainment. Elgort played the lead role in the 2019 release The Goldfinch, an adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel. The film was critically panned and a box office bomb.

Elgort played the lead role of Tony in West Side Story, an adaptation of the 1957 stage musical the same name directed by Steven Spielberg. The film was released in 2021 to critical acclaim, and received seven nominations at the 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Elgort next starred in Tokyo Vice, a television adaptation of journalist Jake Adelstein's non-fiction memoir for HBO Max. Michael Mann and Destin Daniel Cretton directed episodes of the series, written by J.T. Rogers. Elgort played the lead role of Adelstein and served as one of the series' executive producers. Although production on the series was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production resumed and the series debuted on HBO Max in 2022 to positive reviews.


Ansel Elgort at an Apple Store in 2014 (cropped)
Elgort in 2014

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 said he had signed a record deal with Tom Staar's new label, Staar Traxx, and Steve Angello's label, Size Records.

His first record, Unite, was released on April 21, 2014, on Beatport, and May 5, 2014, on iTunes. His second record, Totem, was released July 21, 2014, on Beatport and iTunes. His single "To Life", a Bar Mitzvah-themed song inflected with klezmer music, was released in September 2015.

Elgort played at the Electric Zoo Festival main stage in 2014, the Ultra Music Festival main stage in March 2015, played in a 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/Universal Records, releasing his first single on the label, "Home Alone", on July 8, 2016.

On February 3, 2017, he released a single called "Thief" under the name Ansel Elgort. The music video featured his girlfriend Violetta Komyshan, a ballet dancer. .....

On January 11, 2018, he released a single called "Supernova". He provided vocals for and was featured on Don Diablo’s 2018 single "Believe".

Personal life

Elgort resides in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

On his 21st birthday, Elgort asked friends, family, and fans to donate to the Thirst Project.

..... Following the post, three other women alleged that he had solicited them via DM when they were between the ages of 14 and 16, and another post by a French-speaking user, made in April 2020, circulated showing alleged screenshots of him soliciting her when she was 15 and he was 21. He denied the allegation by Gabby in an Instagram post, saying that he and the woman had had a "brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship".



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Carrie Tommy Ross
2014 Divergent Caleb Prior
The Fault in Our Stars Augustus Waters
Men, Women & Children Tim Mooney
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Caleb Prior
Paper Towns Mason Cameo
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Caleb Prior
2017 Baby Driver Baby / Miles
November Criminals Addison Schacht
2018 Jonathan Jonathan / John
Billionaire Boys Club Joe Hunt
2019 The Goldfinch Theodore "Theo" Decker
2021 West Side Story Tony


Year Title Role Notes
2022–2024 Tokyo Vice Jake Adelstein Also executive producer



Title Year Album
Credited as Ansolo
"Unite" (with Special Features) 2014 Non-album singles
"Totem" (with Tom Staar)
"The Right Stuff" (with Jerm) 2015
"To Life" (with Too Many Zooz)
"Yin Yang" (with Maxum) 2016
Credited as Ansel Elgort
"Home Alone" 2016 Non-album singles
"Thief" 2017
"You Can Count on Me"
(featuring Logic)
"All I Think About Is You"
"Supernova" 2018
"Balcony Scene (Tonight)" (with Rachel Zegler) 2021 West Side Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Title Original artists Year Album
"Clarity" (Ansolo Remix) Zedd featuring Foxes 2013 Non-album singles
"Runaway" (Ansolo Remix) Pierce Fulton 2014
"Strong" (Ansolo Remix) Arno Cost & Norman Doray
"Runaway (U & I)" (Ansolo Remix) Galantis 2015 Runaway (U & I) [Remixes] – Single
"I Wanna Know" (Ansolo Remix) Alesso featuring Nico & Vinz 2016 I Wanna Know (feat. Nico & Vinz) [The Remixes] – Single

As featured artist

Title Year Album
Credited as Ansel Elgort
(Logic feat. Ansel Elgort)
2017 Everybody
(Don Diablo feat. Ansel Elgort)
2018 Future
"Something's Coming"
"Balcony Scene (Tonight)"
"One Hand, One Heart"
"Tonight (Quintet)"
2021 West Side Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music videos

Artist Title Year Director(s) Notes Ref.
Dua Lipa "Be the One" 2016 Daniel Kaufman Guest appearance
Ansel Elgort "Thief" 2017 Warren Elgort
Ansel Elgort "Supernova" 2018 Colin Tilley
J.I.D "Off da Zoinkys" 2019 Scott Lazer

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result Ref.
2014 Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Shailene Woodley) The Fault in Our Stars Won
Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Shailene Woodley and Nat Wolff) Won
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
Best New Film Actor Won
2015 Favorite Movie Duo (shared with Shailene Woodley) Nominated
Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated
Best Male Performance Nominated
Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best ... Performance Nominated
Best Kiss (shared with Shailene Woodley) Won
Best Duo (shared with Shailene Woodley) Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: Action The Divergent Series: Insurgent Nominated
2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Baby Driver Nominated
2018 Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Performance in a Movie Nominated

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Ansel Elgort para niños

kids search engine
Ansel Elgort Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.