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By: Donna Freydkin

You know him from "The Fault in Our Stars" and the "Divergent" series.

Now, get ready to hear a whole new side of Ansel Elgort. He's releasing his first single, "Home Alone" (it's available on Friday on iTunes) and the response has been -- well, heavenly. He'd like to release a full album next year, but isn't stressing about it. (See our interview with his "Allegiant" costars Shailene Woodley and Theo James above).

"I always work on music. I've been working on production and music since high school," he says. "The song itself –- I wrote the lyrics and the melody. The song came first. I wanted to make sure it was right. I won't be rushed. I just wrote a bunch of new songs. I'm so inspired."

He first released the song on social media, and his fans loved it. "I feel like I owed it to them, because I've posted about it for months. I like the idea of giving everyone the opportunity to hear it before I put it out," he says. "The response has been really great. I hope more people get to hear it. I'm less concerned about selling the record and more concerned with people hearing it and loving it. It's just another important creative thing to me. It's something I love and something I worked on."

2016 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals2016 CFDA Fashion Awards - Winners WalkGrowing up, Elgort listened to a lot of "Rhapsody in Blue," after his dad gave him a CD of the George Gershwin melody. Now, he's jamming to a lot of Gnarls Barkley. "I don't discriminate how old the song is. I love Jamiroquai. They have the best bass. It moves and grooves so well. I love Frank Sinatra," he says. "I was just in the studio with Flea and he put down a lot of bass for me."

As for musical guilty pleasures, Elgort too indulges in them like the rest of us. "I love super-cheesy house music. My biggest guilty pleasure is the remix of 'L'Amour Toujours' by Gigi D'Agostino," he says. "I listen to it and jump around like a madman."

Those who follow Elgort on social media know that he's totally into our latest collective obsession: Pokemon Go.

"It's amazing. I was such a big 'Pokemon' fan. I grew up playing the Gameboy games with my brother. I know everything about 'Pokemon.' I still remember that stuff. I still will watch the show sometimes. it's a very special moment, now that everyone is playing it. It's the thing and I'm embracing it and going out and playing Go on the Santa Monica Pier and in Brooklyn Bridge Park. I'm just playing a lot and having fun. It's been a blast," he says.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ansel Elgort attends the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ansel Elgort attends the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 4: (L-R) Nina Bakoyiannis, Ansel Elgort, Kiara Esteves and Ruth Mauldin attend Southampton Fresh Air Home's Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction at Southampton Fresh Air Home on June 4, 2016 in Southampton, NY. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: Actor Ansel Elgort attends Maison Montaigne as they Celebrate Flagship Store In Miami's Design District Sponsored By Perrier-Jouet at Maison Montaigne Flagship on May 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Maison Montaigne)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Ansel Elgort attends 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Actor Ansel Elgort is seen outside 'Live! with Kelly and Michael' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Actor Ansel Elgort attends the premiere of 'Allegiant' held at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Violetta Komyshan (L) and actor Ansel Elgort attend the 'Allegiant' New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on March 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Ansel Elgort attends the T-Mobile Un-carrier X launch at The Shrine Auditorium on November 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Violetta Komyshan and Ansel Elgort attend New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks game at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Ansel Elgort arrives at the InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Ansel Elgort accepts the Man of Style award onstage during the InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Ansel Elgort attends the InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Ansel Elgort attends day twelve of the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Ansel Elgort attends the Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers playoff game at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Ansel Elgort and guest attend the Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on May 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 07: Actor Ansel Elgort attends the New York City Ballet 2015 Spring Gala at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on May 7, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Actor Ansel Elgort attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Grace Coddington and Ansel Elgort attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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