Ansel Elgort is a teen heartthrob who’s got a little bit of an ego problem.
And by a little bit, we mean kind of a big one.
The son of famed Vogue fashion photographer Arthur Elgort and opera director Grethe Holby, Elgort grew up wealthy in NYC, and has thus far starred in a handful of Hollywood blockbusters (debuted in Carrie, moved on to The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent franchise alongside Shailene Woodley, et cetera) with a handful more on his plate.
He’s also a DJ and EDM producer under the alias DJ Ansolo. It goes without saying that Elgort is not just your average boy next door.
Elgort oftentimes makes comments about things that are so commonplace to him, but so shortsighted in the grand scheme of things. Given the fact that he was born into a life that was so “Hollywood”, and the bulk of his comments reflect that fact, most of his quotes will easily induce an eye-roll.
Some of the comments he says during interviews really makes one wonder…like the time he asked Elle, “Don’t make me sound like a playboy, because I’m not.” Or the time he made this totally inappropriate comment to GQ: “Girls love it when you have some weird nerdy thing in your room. It makes you look less threatening, even though I’m, like, very threatening. I’m the most threatening guy ever.”
And back to his ego, he’s really not shy about how proud he is to already be a successful actor and soon-to-be successful DJ (Elgort just scored a record deal with Island Records). For example, he (as alter-ego Ansolo) told Rolling Stone, “To me, it’s the best thing in the world when Axwell and Ingrosso or Steve Angello are playing my record. These are people I look up to, and my goal was to have one of them play my record. Now they’re playing the music I’m creating for thousands of people, and they’re all going nuts.”
All in all, the guy’s a cutie who seems like he has his heart in the right place, even though his attempts to come off cool, nonchalant, and overall swoonworthy in interviews are more often than not unsuccessful. (Pro-tip: you can’t really just activate swoonworthiness; you either are swoonworthy, or you aren’t).
Love him or hate him, he’s a treat.