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."
Growing 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.