Ansel Elgort is an orange juice elitist: ‘Sadness smells like Tropicana’

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Love it or hate it, I enjoy Ansel Elgort and I will continue to cover him. So much of the world is full of gloom and doom, and there is Ansel Elgort, who exists to be a vaguely smug ray of sunshine. Ansel was recently named the new face of Ralph Lauren Red Rush cologne. He got a lengthy interview in People Magazine to promote the gig, which I enjoyed. And now he’s got an interview/questionnaire-type piece with The Cut. The Cut does a series about scent-memory with celebrities and honestly, it’s one of my favorite things. I love talking about scent and smells and sense memories. You can read Ansel’s piece here. Some highlights:

His first scent memory: One of my first memories as a kid was the rosemary bush that my mother had. I do really remember that smell. It was the smell of the apartment and is really comforting to me. The other memory I have is the changing seasons in New York — it constantly gives the air a new smell. The way the city feels, the way you feel, and the look and smell is constantly changing. I really do love when it turns to winter or spring.

Love smells like: A lot of smells because you think about comforting smells like cooking, but also the smell of someone’s body and sweat. There’s lots of different ways to define the smell of love.

Friendship smells like: Also sweat. But it’s boy sweat, so it smells bad. On the other side, clean shirts. My best friend, his parents always did laundry with lots of detergent and they would wash your shirts for you if you stayed over. So I’d give him a hug and it would smell so clean.

Happiness smells like: Orange juice, but fresh squeezed only. Sadness smells like Tropicana. The different smells of orange juice can be very subtle, but it’s either depression or extreme happiness.

Regret smells like: Minute Maid orange juice. You ordered it thinking it was fresh squeezed but then it’s from concentrate. Sometimes you even ask, and it comes out as concentrate. I can always tell. It’s not even the same drink, so why call it orange juice?

Sunday morning smells like: Bed sheets. [Whether they’re fresh or not] they always smell good to me. It’s funny as you get older you realize that some things you like the smell of don’t smell good. Like, I like the smell of mold for some reason. It’s comforting. To me it’s a good smell even though everyone thinks it smells terrible.

Monday morning smells like: The subway in all its glory. But that also smells different every season. I actually really like [the smell of the subway] too. I love it.

[From The Cut]

Love smells like cooking, that’s so true. Love smells like a home-cooked meal for a lot of people. My goodness, does Ansel have a thing about orange juice or what? Tropicana orange juice isn’t THAT bad. Nothing beats fresh-squeezed, granted, but if you’re in the mood for orange juice, I guarantee that store-bought OJ will taste just fine, even good. He’s such an OJ-elitist! And I suspect he’s an elitist about everything. You know that’s why he likes the smell of mold too – it reminds of old New York townhouses and crumbling mansions, I’m sure.

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  1. Jillian says:

    I thought his character in Baby Driver was cute.

    Meh on the actor

  2. Aarika B Carter says:

    is he old money or something?

    • Becks1 says:

      Not really, I don’t think. His dad is a photographer. (and a lot of times is the one who shoots him for magazine spreads etc.)

    • susiecue says:

      Haha he does have that essence, doesn’t he?

      • Jkl says:

        He grew up on the Upper West Side and his dad worked for Vogue for thirty years. He’s as good as.

  3. PlaidSheets says:

    I agree with orange juice elitist.

    Simply Orange with high pulp is passable. But suspect his fresh orange juice budget is way different than mine, so he can indulge such preferences.

    • DesertReal says:

      I think this is hilarious!
      I mean, I can definitely tell by smell and taste the differences between Minute Maid (so awful) and Tropicana (not too shabby). But that’s because I am a mimosa elitist, and not because I am some sort of juice connoisseur.

  4. Beth says:

    He’s a little strange. Does he think he sounds deep and thoughtful with the day of the week scent subject? I honestly can’t tell the difference between brands of orange juice by smell or taste

    • Katie says:

      The problem is that you’re comparing brands of bottled OJ, IE not fresh. Squeeze yourself a glass of OJ and you’ll see what I mean. If you really want to treat yourself, squeeze it from Valencia oranges, which God made for orange juice. Once you go to fresh squeezed, it’s really hard to go back to bottled. That said, you’ll definitely be able to taste the difference between different qualities of bottled when you’re comparing them to Fresh.

      • Beth says:

        October -April I always have fresh squeezed orange juice from the trees in my back yard here in Orlando, but he was also comparing the scents of Minute Maid and Tropicana. I can’t tell the difference between those 2 brands, but I also can’t tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi

  5. Steph says:

    I guess im a OJ elitist because i kinda hate drinking juice from a bottle. Mexico has spoiled me, so I just buy fresh orange juice. When i went to US last spring i asked for orage juice at Dennys and I hated it.

    • Katie says:

      Me too! Any respectable Mexican restaurant only does fresh squeezed as well. I didn’t even know what fresh squeezed tasted like before I started dating my now husband who always ordered it at taquerias.

  6. Becks1 says:

    I feel like I should find him obnoxious – why so many selfies Ansel?!?!?! Why so many cheesy poses with cheesy trying-to-be-deep hashtags? Why do you dress like that?? But I don’t. I kind of love him lol. I follow his girlfriend on IG too and its the same thing – WHY violetta WHY with the selfies. All they do is take selfies! And yet, I follow her.

    I feel so old saying that. Haha.

    Anyway I kind of get his point about the orange juice. I hate ordering it and it comes out clearly from concentrate. It doesn’t have to be fresh squeezed, but at least buy simply orange or something. I’m the same way with grits too. I hate ordering them and then get a plate of instant grits. I send them back and its the only thing I send back at restaurants. No thanks.

  7. jkl says:

    Is this the same guy who said he hates LA and celeb culture,then weeks later was playing volleyball in Malibu with Leonardo DiCaprio?

    He’s an idiot.

  8. Lala11_7 says:

    If you research how Tropicana is made…you will get what he’s saying…..

  9. Lyla says:

    I kinda agree with him about orange juice. I would never order or buy store bought oj in the us. In other countries, it’s great.

  10. Ruyana says:

    Well, I’m an Old and I simply do not get his appeal. His name is odd and he is so plain-faced he’s not even simply plain. Not quirky enough to be a character actor and not handsome enough to be a leading man. But…….as I said, I’m an Old, so to each his or her own.

    • Anners says:

      I’m also an old and I concur – he gives me shades of young Ashton Kutcher (unusual name, plain features, bad case of “smug face”)