'The Fault in Our Stars' Ansel Elgort Wasn't Always Confident Playing Gus, & Here's Why


The latest heartthrob to come out of teen literature-turned-films today, is undoubtably newcomer Ansel Elgort. The 20-year-old actor recently starred in Veronica Ross's Divergent, and now he's set to appear in John Green's adaptation of  The Fault in Our Stars , co-starring his Divergent costar Shailene Woodley. But while the newcomer appears to be a natural on camera as amputee Gus, the actor wasn't always confident he could pull it off. Warning: small spoilers below.

Bustle attended an advanced screening of the film presented by BuzzFeed, where Elgort, along with Woodley, director Josh Boone, author John Green and producer Wyck Godfrey spoke after the film.

"To be honest, they said the audition went really well," said Elgort of his read with would-be Shailene Woodley. "But I wasn't really confident yet because I read the script, and I read the book, and I couldn't picture myself as this guy, and it wasn't until like on set I was like 'OK, I think I'm this guy now.'"

But playing a male lead with a disability came as a difficulty, for obvious reasons. Learning to walk with one "real" leg and one prosthetic leg had to be challenging, as well as getting in the mind-set of someone who lost a limb. Elgort spoke to this challenge:

Elgort translated his experience with the amputee to his performance on screen, adapting a similar sort of confidence to his character of Augustus Waters.

When Hazel and Gus are intimate for the first time, Gus grapples with the fact that he isn't a complete human being, physically, and his confidence is shaken by the fact that Hazel will see him naked. Elgort explains:

Recently, Elgort played Shailene Woodley's brother in Divergent. A funny coincidence that Elgort is well-aware of. "By the way, make sure, if any of you guys ever interview me to ask that question: What's it like playing brother and sister?" He said to the small crowd. Ironically, I did interview Ansel in person and I did ask him that question, here's what he had to say about it:

The Fault in Our Stars comes out June 6, and trust me, you don't want to miss it.