Wanna try a tongue-twister? Say “Ansel Elgort!” three times fast.
Yeah, we know, it’s too much. So let’s just say “happy 24th birthday, Ansel!” instead and get straight into celebrating the young actor’s life and career to date, because it is very interesting indeed.
For example, did you know that in addition to acting, Ansel is also a singer and DJ who goes by Ansolo? It’s true! He is so devoted to his music career that when he didn’t get what might’ve been the role of a lifetime — playing Han Solo in in the upcoming Solo movie, out in May — he was able to console himself by looking at the bright side and stating that at least he wouldn’t have to change his DJ name! Another interesting fact: he’s been dating his high school sweetheart, ballerina Violetta Komyshan, since 2012. Impressive!
Chances are, you first saw Ansel in one or both of his films that came out in the spring of 2015: Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. In the Divergent trilogy — based on the dystopian young adult novels by Veronica Roth — he played Shailene Woodley’s younger brother Caleb, who may or may not be one of the good guys. In The Fault in Our Stars — based on bestselling book by John Green about two teenagers with cancer who fall in love — he plays Augustus Waters, and, well, I can’t even write anything else because I’m sobbing. (That movie tends to have that effect on people. But it’s so, soooooo good.)
After finishing up the Divergent trilogy in 2016, the next time we saw Ansel on the big screen was in last year’s Baby Driver, which earned him a Golden Globe nod for his turn as Miles (aka “Baby”), a getaway driver who is never without his trusty tunes. He also starred alongside Chloë Grace Moretz in the direct-to-DVD crime drama November Criminals.
The future is bright for Ansel, who seems set for superstardom thanks to some huge movies he’s got coming up. Next year he’s starring in a sure-to-be blockbuster — The Goldfinch — based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. (For those of you who’ve read the book, Ansel plays its narrator/main character, Theo.) He also just landed the lead roles in three (!) compelling movies based on real people: in Mayday 109 he’ll play a young John F. Kennedy during his time in the Navy, in Van Cliburn he’ll play the famous classical pianist the film’s named after, and then he’ll also portray the world-renowned fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen in a still-untitled musical.
I hope Ansel gets a lot of celebrating in today, because he’s clearly not going to have any time to rest once he’s 25!