Ansel Elgort has a touch of the Anne Hathaways about him.
Since breaking into the limelight in The Fault in Our Stars (2014), public opinion of him has soured, similar to what happened in the case of Oscar-winning actor, Hathaway, following Les Miserables (2012), in a movement dubbed, “Hathahate”.
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Like with The Devil Wears Prada star, the public seem uncomfortable with Elgort’s unflinching self-confidence. Unlike Hathaway, Elgort suffers from foot-in-mouth syndrome, starring on numerous lists titled, “The most ridiculous things Ansel Elgort has said”.
Once asked what he looks for in a partner, Elgort responded: “If you can find a girl who you can go to an EDM concert with, have a conversation with, who will sit on the couch and watch you play GTA for three hours, and then you go to bed and have amazing sex? That should be your girlfriend.”
“I’m super easy to hate,” he told the London Telegraph. Summing him up, they added, he “represents a Venn diagram of Things Currently Disliked In Culture: the goofy-faced epicentre of wealth and privilege”.
But the 23-year-old actor, record label-signed DJ, model, singer and dancer opened up to Fairfax Media about why he thinks he stokes the fires of public hatred at the Australian premiere of his new film Baby Driver this week.
“Most people who say mean things about me have never met me before, so that’s sort of the way it works,” Elgort said.
Commended for his performance as the conscientious and romantic orphan, Baby, in Edgar Wright’s high-speed heist thriller, Elgort, after possibly undergoing some recent media training, chose his words carefully as he continued: “If you still think I am not a nice guy after you have met me, then that’s too bad.”
The idea of being dubbed the new Hathaway of Hollywood excites the young star, despite the many “Hathahaters”.
“I’d love to be Anne Hathaway; she is amazing,” he said. “She is very talented and she is very nice. I have met her a few times. I love Anne Hathaway.”
It could be tall poppy syndrome or maybe Elgort, the son of famed Vogue fashion photographer Arthur Elgort and opera director Grethe Holby, is misunderstood. His co-star Lily James seems to think so.
“Ansel is amazing,” she said. “His charisma, his warmth and his generosity totally rubs off on anyone that is around him. We had so much fun and he’s really generous as an actor and I just adore him.”
Most people who say mean things about me have never met me before.
From the black carpet in Sydney she added: “I think he is so wonderful in the movie.”
Wearing a black Givenchy suit with red leather trim, Elgort spoke about his similarities to Baby.
“I feel like I have a lot in common with him,” he said. “Baby is very loyal … and I think I am a pretty loyal guy.
“I am very romantic too. You probably saw a gorgeous girl walking down the red carpet earlier, that was my girlfriend.”