Ansel Elgort, Justin Timberlake, and More Celebrities Risking Brain Freeze for Charity


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Sarah M. Smith

Unless you live under a rock, it’s hard to ignore the latest social movement that’s taken over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram one icy bucket at a time. The Ice Bucket Challenge to strike out ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has flooded newsfeeds across America, after originating in the computer of Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2012. Over the last few days everybody’s been doing it: Your neighbor, his dogs, professional athletes, and, of course, celebrities. From Martha Stewart’s salon dunk to Ansel Elgort going shirtless for a good cause, it seems like there isn’t one person in America who hasn’t poured icy water on their head in support of ALS research.

Here’s how it works: When nominated, you must either accept the challenge and fill your bucket or donate $100 to ALS, then ask others to do the same. If you haven’t gotten iced yet, it’s only a matter of time. The latest ALS campaign has led to a 1000 percent increase in donations to the cause. So after you entertain yourself with these iced out celebs, head to the ALS Association and donate. Then maybe send a tweet of encouragement to those stars who have yet to take up the challenge. (They’re waiting for your nomination!)

Ansel Elgort

Ansel’s hot-and-cold selfie video was straight up faultless. Elgort opened the video with his nominations — The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Nat Wolf, and Dylan O’Brien — before encouraging others to join him in his icy endeavor. And then he closed with some good, old fashioned screaming. Because that water is cold!

Jaime King & Taylor Swift

The two pals donate wads of hundred dollar bills in the loudest ice bucket challenge ever.

Lena Dunham

Rocking her Sia-esque new platinum blonde hair, Dunham takes the plunge and then nominates the cast of GIRLS.

Justin Timberlake

Nominating Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show‘s crew, Justin took on the challenge from two Boston Marathon survivors. True to his word, JT kept the ice flowing with a few friends… OK, a lot of friends. There’s some serious celebrating there at the end from the Tennessee Kids.

Nick Lachey

VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live host accepted the challenge from former TRL host Carson Daly, and received help from fellow TRL alum, wife Vanessa Lachey. That water was so cold, baby Camden couldn’t help but cry from seeing his dad in pain.

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