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Joanne Soh
Friday, Jun 20, 2014

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Fast five with Ansel Elgort

The New Paper | Joanne Soh | Friday, Jun 20, 2014

FACTFILE

Name: Ansel Elgort

Born: March 14, 1994 in New York City

Filmography: Carrie, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars

1. TEENAGE HEART-THROB

He can't walk anywhere without being stopped by Anselites - his teenage fans. His rise is quite phenomenal, considering he has only three movies to his name. The son of Vogue magazine photographer Arthur Elgort and opera director Grethe Barrett Holby can attribute his popularity to playing major roles in the movie adaptation of two young adult novels - Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars.

2. Get Him some Kleenex

He cried when he read Green's book and cried more while filming. He told the Herald: "Then I watched the movie and tears would start pouring off my face again, so I guess I'm a bit of a crybaby. At least it makes it easy for me to cry when I'm acting, too."

3. FROM SIBLINGS TO LOVERS

In Divergent, he was heroine Tris' elder brother Caleb. In The Fault In Our Stars, he's heroine Hazel's one true love Augustus. Shailene Woodley plays both female leads.

"For the producers to overlook that we played brother and sister, and to trust we would have the chemistry to pull off this love story, that's spectacular," Elgort told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Based on John Green's best-selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars, which opens here tomorrow, revolves around teenagers Hazel and Gus who share an acerbic wit. They meet at a cancer support group and romance blossoms.

4. Leg double

Elgort told the Los Angeles Daily News that the main inspiration was "leg double" Tanner Boatwright, who had lost his limb in a hunting accident. Said Elgort: "I spent a lot of time with Tanner, who at 16 went through the whole process of getting a prosthetic. I really saw how much confidence he gained from it actually, because of overcoming something."

5. Triple threat

He recently showed off his tap-dancing moves on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, a skill he picked up while studying at the School of American Ballet. He later moved to the famed LaGuardia High School to study acting.

Music also plays a big part in his life. Elgort composes electronic house music and is a DJ under the name Ansolo. In April he released an original record called Unite.

joannes@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on June 18, 2014.
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