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About Elizabeth Olsen (1989 – ____)
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen was born in Sherman Oaks, California, the daughter of Jarnette "Jarnie", a personal manager, and David Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker. She is the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became famous as TV and movie stars at an early age.
Her oldest brother is Trent Olsen, and she has two younger half-siblings as well. In 1996, Olsen's parents were divorced. The Olsens have Norwegian ancestry on their father's side and English ancestry on their mother's side.
As a child, Olsen received ballet and singing lessons. She began acting at a very young age, with appearances in her sisters' films. Before the age of eleven, Olsen had small roles in How the West Was Fun and the straight-to-video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley. Having appeared in her sisters' videos, when she was in the fourth grade, Olsen began to go on auditions for other projects.
She attended Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California from kindergarten through grade 12. After graduation, she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009, Olsen spent a semester studying in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School through the MATS program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Olsen's breakout role came in 2011, when she appeared in the film Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film, along with Olsen's performance, received critical acclaim. Olsen was nominated for and won numerous critics awards for her portrayal of the titular character Martha, a girl suffering from delusions and paranoia after fleeing her life in a cult and returning to her family. She next appeared in the horror film remake Silent House, in which she played the role of Sarah. The film received mixed reviews, although Olsen's performance was once again praised. Olsen also appeared in the music video "The Queen" by Carlotta. Olsen filmed the movie Red Lights in mid-2011, and it was released in the U.S. in July of the following year. She starred in Josh Radnor's film Liberal Arts, which was released in January 2012. She and Dakota Fanning starred in Very Good Girls, a 2013 release.
In January 2013, Olsen was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. She co-starred in the 2013 American remake of the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy; she played Marie, a young social worker who developed a relationship with the protagonist, played by Josh Brolin. She played Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife and the author of the Beat Generation memoir You'll Be Okay, in Kill Your Darlings.
In 2014, Olsen starred in Legendary's reboot of Godzilla, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Olsen joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the character of Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the 2015 sequel to The Avengers. She first appeared as the character in a mid-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, alongside her Godzilla co-star Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed her brother Quicksilver. She reprised her role in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.
Olsen portrayed Audrey Williams, Hank Williams' wife, manager, and duet partner in the 2015 biopic I Saw the Light, which was directed by Marc Abraham and starred Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams.
Olsen next teamed up with her Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Jeremy Renner in Taylor Sheridan's directorial feature film debut, Wind River.
In August 2016, it was announced that she would star in Matt Spicer's Ingrid Goes West and Mark Raso's Kodachrome opposite Aubrey Plaza and Jason Sudeikis, respectively.
Olsen started dating fellow actor Boyd Holbrook in September 2012 after meeting him on the film Very Good Girls. In March 2014, they became engaged but split and called off their engagement in January of 2015.
Elizabeth Olsen's movie credits include...
|1993||Our First Video||Herself|
|1993||Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special||Herself|
|1994||The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of Thorn Mansion||Herself|
|1994||How the West Was Fun||Girl in car|
|1995||The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Mystery Cruise||Herself|
|1995||The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Christmas Caper||Herself|
|1996||The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the U.S. Space Camp Mission||Herself|
|2011||Martha Marcy May Marlene||Martha|
|2011||Peace, Love & Misunderstanding||Zoe|
|2012||Red Lights||Sally Owen|
|2013||Kill Your Darlings||Edie Parker|
|2013||Very Good Girls||Gerry|
|2013||In Secret||Thérèse Raquin|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch|
|2015||I Saw the Light||Audrey Williams|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch|
|2016||Drunk History||Norma Kopp|
|2017||Ingrid Goes West||Taylor Sloane|
|2017||Wind River||Jane Banner|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch|
Memorable Quotes by Elizabeth Olsen
[on Martha Marcy May Marlene] “ Sean Durkin really wrote a complex character that really hasn't been written, and that's challenging. It's such a smart way of writing, you totally understand the characters and I was just completely obsessed and in love with "Martha" and the script. ”
“ I get way too much happiness from good food. ”
“ I had a great drama teacher in high school, and that's when I started to learn about the history of theater. ”
“ I find acting conservatories really important. I've gone to four different ones, and all of them provided totally different tools for me. ”
“ Everyone is always surprised by how old I am. They think I'm older, but it's always been that way. I'm the youngest of four — maybe you grow up quicker because you just watch the big people. ”
“ I think a lot of films do themselves a disfavor by putting in way too much information, and everyone knows what's gonna happen next, and no one can actually discover things as they go. ”
Things You May Not Know About Elizabeth Olsen
She was cast as the lead in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), just two weeks before shooting.
When she was growing up, her favorite actress and role model was Michelle Pfeiffer. She got to meet Michelle while on the set of I Am Sam (2001).
One of her favorite films, growing up, was Tremors (1990).
She worked with Aaron Taylor-Johnson on three different films in two years — Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron.