Ansel Elgort Slicks His Hair Back for Teen Vogue's September 2015 Fall Fashion Cover
Here’s what the 21-year-old Insurgent star had to share with the mag:
On the origins of his DJ name Ansolo: “I was so bad. I called myself ‘Hanzolo,’ but when I told a pal of mine at school, he was like, ‘Dude, that’s the stupidest name ever. You have to change that. Why don’t you just call yourself “Ansolo”?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, word. That’s cooler.’ Hanzolo just sounds stupid.”
On the greatest day of his life (thus far): “You know, it might be a weird actor thing, but I think of myself as a few different people. Like, I think of myself as Ansel—that’s one person. And then I’m Ansel Elgort. That’s another person. And then I’m Ansolo. So for Ansel, the best day of my life has been on the beach on Long Island with my family, totally chilling without a worry in the world. For Ansel Elgort, presenting at the Oscars was pretty sick. For Ansolo, I was so excited when Steve Angello, my favorite DJ, played my song ‘Totem’ for the first time. I started crying. Then when I heard he was going to sign it to his label, I was freaking out.”
On who inspires him on a daily basis: “A lot of old-school people, like Paul Newman and Marlon Brando. I listen to Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.”
On the best advice he’s ever received: “My father told me, ‘Do what you love in life; that’s the most important thing. If you just do what you love and work really hard, you will be happy, and everything else will figure itself out.’”
Ansel Elgort Teen Vogue Shoot
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