Date of Birth
14 December 1994, New York City, New York, USA
6' 3" (1.91 m)
Ansel Elgort is an American actor, known for playing Augustus Waters in the romance The Fault in Our Stars (2014).
Ansel was born in New York City to photographer Arthur Elgort and opera director Grethe Barrett Holby. His father is of Russian Jewish heritage, while his mother has English, German, and Norwegian ancestry.
As a child, Ansel tried out for the School of American Ballet, and attended Stagedoor Manor summer camp and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. He began his professional acting career on stage, appearing in Matt Charman's play "Regrets," which was performed off-Broadway. Ansel made his film debut in the horror remake Carrie (2013), and co-starred with Shailene Woodley in both the science-fiction tale Divergent (2014) (playing her character's brother) and the romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars (2014) (playing male lead Augustus Waters, who is Woodley's character's love interest). Ansel also had a role in Jason Reitman's drama film Men, Women & Children (2014), and returned for the sequel to Divergent, Insurgent (2015).
Son of famed fashion photographer Arthur Elgort.
Son of Grethe Barrett Holby, an opera director. His siblings are photographer Sophie Elgort and filmmaker Warren 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. Because of these activities, Aase-Grethe was imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Nazis (from 1943 to 1944).
He has a reputation for revealing plot-spoilers about his movies in interviews.
Also records EDM under the moniker AnsÃ¸lo.
Has a dog named Galo.
Is a New York Knicks fan.
Is friends with Joe Jonas.
Both he and Shailene Woodley have played brother and sister in Divergent (2014) and love interests in The Fault in Our Stars (2014).
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.