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Ansel Elgort: Fame makes you attractive

Ansel Elgort argued with Kate Winslet over his social media use.

The 20-year-old actor became a worldwide phenomenon after landing the role of Caleb in Divergent, which he is set to reprise in sequel Insurgent next year. He also got girls swooning with his portrayal of the romantic Gus in The Fault in Our Stars opposite Shailene Woodley.

It's been a whirlwind journey for Ansel, but he isn't letting his star status affect his judgement.

"What's changed is: 'Oh, you can go to this restaurant,' or 'You can go to this nightclub,' but I'm not really interested in that. I don't really care that some trashy girl, like, now all of the sudden wants to f**k me. That's not really that interesting to me," he explained to US GQ magazine. "What's interesting to me is the fact that creatively I can do anything now and people will pay attention, and if I suck, hopefully they will stop paying attention very quickly, but if I'm good, then I have my foot in the door, and people have paid attention, and I did a good job, and people are like, 'Oh, wow!' That's sweet!"

That's not to say he avoids interacting with his female fans though and he often keeps loyal followers up to date with his antics on Twitter. Social media is a place where he can put across the true "persona" of Ansel Elgort, though not everyone agrees with his outlook.

"I had this long, drawn-out argument with Kate Winslet about it [while shooting Divergent]," he revealed. "Just disagreed, disagreed, disagreed. Some people just think it's going to affect me and ruin who I am.

"[Social media is not for] airing your dirty laundry to millions of followers on Twitter... I think celebrities that just tweet diarrhoea from their mouths, that just tweet it in all caps, getting mad at things - those people are so, so sad, and they think that they deserve the voice."

As of yet he doesn't have any other big upcoming features confirmed aside from Insurgent, but that doesn't faze Ansel. He insists he doesn't want to star in several average films when he can win a part in one "great movie".

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