Ansel Elgort is trying to be Hollywood’s new young star.
He’s in “Baby Driver” as a getaway driver trying to escape a life of crime, so he can go on a road trip with a girl he just met. And you might also know him from his roles co-starring with Shailene Woodley in “The Fault in Our Stars” and the “Divergent” series. If his profile gets high enough, he can join the constellation of young male actors like Robert Pattinson and Liam Hemsworth as teen heartthrobs who also hold some box office clout.
In any case, you’re probably going to be hearing Ansel Elgort’s name a lot more now, so you should know more about him.
Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the “Baby Driver” star.
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His father was a Vogue photographer for 30 years.
Ansel’s dad, Arthur Elgort, is a world-renown photographer. His work is in galleries all over the world, and he’s frequently published in Vogue.
Years ago, Arthur would take his son on photo shoots.
“My dad would throw me in the picture if they needed an extra. From an early age, I understood the concept that, if you’re not the star, then your job is to not pull attention away from the star,” Ansel told Vogue. “Picture-taking is an ensemble art-like theater.”
Elgort makes EDM music under the stage name “Ansølo.”
It’s… interesting. His highest-profile song to date is the single “Thief.” He also worked with Logic and has a Bar Mitzvah-themed EDM anthem called “To Life.” His “Baby Driver” character has a similar love for music; he makes mixtapes.
His grandmother survived a Nazi concentration camp
Elgort’s father is of Russian and Jewish descent, and his maternal grandmother had a personal experience with the Holocaust. She worked in the Norwegian resistance during the Nazi occupation of Norway and smuggled Norwegian-Jewish children to safety in Sweden, according to a New York Times obituary. The Nazis found out and sent her to a Norwegian concentration camp.
She got out after 18 months, escaped to Sweden, then England, and then finally settled in New York after World War II.