Spotlight on: Ansel Elgort

Sophia Kim, A&E Editor

Move over Zac Efron, because Hollywood is welcoming a new heartthrob: Ansel Elgort.

Born and bred in New York City, the nineteen-year-old is another triple threat actor/dancer/musician. Elgort will soon become a household name among teens because he stars as the male lead in the much anticipated YA novel film adaption, The Fault in Our Stars.

Elgort plays Augustus Waters, a seventeen-year-old ex-basketball player and amputee with whom the cancer stricken protagonist, Shaleine Woodley’s Hazel Lancaster, falls in love.  The novel, written by John Green, has a huge following which has translated into hype surrounding the film.  From the looks of it, it will not be long until Elgort has a fandom of his own.  Girls will be swooning over Augustus as he falls for Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars.

The young actor made his big screen debut in the remake of Carrie as Tommy Ross, the prom date of Chloe Grace Moretz’s telekinetic heroine.  Although  he played a supporting role in the dramatic horror, Elgort’s role in the upcoming movie Divergent is anything but minor.

Adapted from a popular YA dystopian series, Divergent centers around Beatrice ‘Trice’ Prior, played by Shaleine Woodley.  In this film, Elgort appears in the film with Woodley as her brother, Caleb Prior, instead of her lover as in The Fault in Our Stars.  If Divergent proves to be successful, Elgort is guaranteed at least two more big screen gigs in the Divergent trilogy.

While Elgort made his film debut in Carrie, he made his acting debut with a starring-role in the Off-Broadway drama production “Regrets” while attending  LaGuardia High School last year.  Although the run was discontinued, the young actor’s performance was met with warm reviews.

But Ansel Elgort’s specialties are not confined to the acting sphere, as previously mentioned.  Though Elgort may not dance and sing while dribbling basketballs on screen or stage (yet), he has been trained as a ballet dancer from the esteemed coach who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan.  He found his passion to act and perform as a child when he danced in The Nutcracker and Swan Lake at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet.

If his film and dance talents haven’t impressed you yet, then let’s see how his third talent fares.  Using the stage name Ansolo, Elgort records and remixes dance music.  He frequently tweets about his music career as @Ansolo_Music.

But the world of arts and entertainment was never foreign to Elgort.  His father, Arthur Elgort, is a renowned fashion photographer who is most famous for his work with Vogue magazine.  His mother, Grethe Barett Holby is an opera stage director and choreographer who also founded American Opera Projects, so it’s not surpring that their son is making it on  the big screen.

You can see Elgort on the big screen on March 21, when Divergent premieres.  Until then, look out for any other news on Hollywood’s newest heartthrob.