Ansel Elgort Flying High
OK! Magazine Australia|September 30 2019
The dashing actor talks Broadway, ballet and making it big in Hollywood!
Sara Tapia

We've got Australia’s very own Hugh Jackman to thank for inspiring Ansel Elgort to become an actor. The 25-year-old – who stars in the upcoming The Goldfinch with another homegrown star Nicole Kidman – was watching the actor on stage when he decided a career in the arts was the job for him.

‘When I was four years old, I saw a Broadway production of Oklahoma,’ Ansel reminisces. ‘I think Hugh Jackman was in it. I didn’t know who he was at the time because I was too young, but I loved the guy. He was singing a song and I remember being like, “Oh my God, I wanna be that guy!” From then, I was totally into the show. I got the soundtrack, I learnt every song and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I saw that and that was it!’

And so a lifelong love affair with the arts began. ‘I actually started performing when I was nine but that was in ballet, not acting,’ he explains. ‘Then one thing led to another and I ended up in acting school in New York.’

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