You may not know the name Ansel Elgort yet (and oh, what a name it is!), but by the end of 2014 he’s guaranteed to have household recognition. Yes, even your clueless dad will soon be referring to “that Ansel fellow.” The 19-year-old actor’s first film, Carrie, is out today, and he’s got two much-anticipated projects dropping next year: Divergent and The Fault in our Stars. Fans are already obsessed with him even though he’s barely been onscreen. And we totally get it; his presence in Carrie is undeniable. America, get ready to meet your next big thing.
Here are five reasons you need to be paying attention to Ansel Elgort right now.
Even people who live under a rock have heard of – and read – John Green‘s poignant bestseller The Fault In Our Stars. The wonderfully realistic and heartbreaking tale of two teens in love who also happen to both have cancer topped every bestseller list imaginable and is currently being turned into a movie. And from the looks of the stars’ and author’s social media accounts, everyone is platonically in love with each other and generally best friends forever and it’s so damn cute we could cry.
Not that we’re surprised: John Green is one of the most likable public figures we’ve ever had the privilege of watching on YouTube, and stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff all seem very down to earth and cool. It’s a surefire recipe for BFFship and awesomeness. Nowhere is their genuine fondness for each other more evident than on their Instagram accounts, where they all post endless adorable photos of each other. We had a hard time narrowing it down to just twenty, but these are the ones that gave us the most feels and flails and squees and tears.
You know, just like the book.
Who didn’t know who Gwyneth Paltrow‘s husband’s band was at the Met Costume Gala? Which TV shows were cancelled and which were saved for next Fall? And will Jay Gatsby beat Tony Stark at the box office?
How did Emma Stone surprise Andrew Garfield on their recent date night? Which actors are reportedly up for the part of Augustus in The Fault In Our Stars? And what are the critics and (the fans) saying about Iron Man 3?
We’re shocked that Summit Entertainment and Stephenie Meyer have yet to announce some kind of detox program to help those of us who’ve spent up to seven years addicted to the Twilight books and movies. Aren’t they worried about the withdrawal we’ll all experience once we’ve seen Breaking Dawn – Part 2 a few times and have no more Edward and Bella to look forward to? Well, not to suggest that there is anything that can replace Forks and the Cullens in your heart, but we have a few new obsessions you might consider taking up. Which you choose all depends on why you became a Twi-crack addict in the first place. Read on and then suggest your own!
If you love Twilight because of …
… its star-crossed lovers plot, you’ll love:
Warm Bodies, the novel by Isaac Marion and upcoming Summit movie starring Nicholas Hoult. Zombie R is a very different kind of undead than Edward, but his doomed love for Julie is just as epic and possibly world-changing. Dive into the book now and then look forward to the flick in February 2013.
The Hush Hush saga, by Becca Fitzpatrick. Nora Grey doesn’t know why she’s drawn to Patch her dangerous new biology lab partner… oh, sound familiar? Don’t worry, this is no knock off. Fitzpatrick has woven a very complex mythology around deadly angels and their offspring that will infuriate you with its addictive quality.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. Speaking of complex new mythology, don’t even ask us to explain the plot of this trilogy. Let us tell you that book one was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful reads of 2011 — there are angels, beastly creatures, exotic tooth poachers, ballet-dancing puppets and a love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet in its devastating nature.
… its gut-wrenching love triangle, you’ll love: Read more…
The more than 150,000 fans who preordered John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars got their signed copies on Tuesday. By today, they are probably wishing they’d also received a coupon for Sephora with their purchase, because seriously, those up-all-night-crying eyes are not a good look. The superstar YA author’s latest is a tearjerker of Jody Picoult levels: It’s about a girl, Hazel, who’s had terminal cancer in her lungs for years, and a boy, Augustus, who had his leg removed due to bone cancer. Luckily, though, it’s also a John Green novel, so there are just as many laughs as there are gutwrenching sobs.
“You have no idea how sad I wanted it to be,” Green told us on the phone on Monday, when we jokingly asked him if he ever wanted to write a “happily ever after” story. “My responsibility is to try to tell true stories. To me a true story is always hopeful, but never simply, uncomplicatedly happy.”
Just to be clear, by “true” he doesn’t mean nonfiction. Though the Looking for Alaska author was inspired to write TFIOS (as fans call it) after befriending a girl with terminal cancer, he is very careful to warn readers that the book’s Hazel is not his late friend Esther.
“There are a lot of particularly superficial similarities between Esther and Hazel. The main superficial similarity is that they’re both very empathetic people,” he said. “But in a lot of ways they’re very, very different, and since Esther isn’t here to defend herself, it was important to me to not claim a close association.”