Ansel Elgort was featured in Vanity Fair. He speaks about acting, working with Shailene Woodley, and his family. Check out the interview below:
You have two movies with Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent. Tell me a little bit about working and who you are in Divergent . . .
In Divergent, the story is about Beatrice Prior, and I play her brother. I think the people from Fault in Our Stars were worried. They were like, “Why does this kid have to be the kid we want?” Supposedly I did the best audition and they all wanted me, but, of course, I had to be her brother in Divergent.
Oh, the brother to the lover boyfriend . . . [Laughs]
As much as they wished that I wasn’t ever cast in Divergent, I don’t think they would have cast me if I wasn’t in Divergent. I think you have [to] take those steps, because that’s the way the business works—you take one step at a time and then eventually you get to star in a big movie opposite Shailene. That’s why I am starting to believe in luck a little bit.
What is the one thing in this process of working in big-budget movies that you didn’t expect growing up in Manhattan and coming from theater at Stagedoor Manor and Laguardia?
Really, everything surprised me. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started doing movies. When I chose to do Carrie, I never had done anything on camera before, I was always onstage, so everything surprised me. Just going on set and walking into a makeup trailer and seeing Chloë Moretz and Julianne Moore—Wow, I am part of this ensemble.
How was Shailene to work with?
She is obviously really good. I don’t think she ever really did any acting training, so she is just really present and there and just real. So it is pretty easy to just work off of her, like those scenes are going to be good, because every take is different. She sort of just lets it happen naturally, and that is what you want to be working off of. She definitely prepares and does her homework, but that non-rehearsal aspect of it makes it really raw and organic when it first happens. I definitely don’t mind working with her.
Did you grow up being photographed all the time? [Elgort’s father, Arthur Elgort, is a photographer for Vogue]
Yes. I have a ridiculous photo album of myself—albums and albums and albums. When I do movies and they ask for childhood photos and we send in all the photos my dad has taken of me, they are like these are the best childhood photos we’ve ever gotten. Even the candids of me sitting on the couch are beautifully angled and lit and on great black and white.
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