‘I Could Have Asked Mary-kate &Ashley For Help–but I Didn’t’
As the younger sister of fashion’s famous twins, Elizabeth Olsen has grown up on the sidelines of the spotlight. Now she tells Look about how she’s finally making it on her own…
orget fighting for the hair straighteners or bickering over the boy next door – if there was ever a person to put your sibling squabbles into perspective, it’s Elizabeth Olsen. Imagine growing up in the shadows of TV twinset-turned-trendsetters Mary-kate and Ashley? But somehow Elizabeth has managed to outshine her older sisters. Not that she’s making a big deal out of that. ‘I think people expect some sort of rivalry. In fact, I think they really want it but, unfortunately, it isn’t there. It never has been and never will be,’ she explains. ‘I don’t think any of us are wired that way.’
Maybe not, but when we catch up with her in a London hotel, we can’t help but suspect that her calm confidence has something to do with the fact that, well, she’s worked hard for this success. Rejecting assistance from the agents who’d represented her sisters in favour of studying theatre at New York University, Elizabeth, 26, first hit cinema screens back in 2011 when she starred in Martha Marcy May Marlene. And
Fnow, after four years of indie flicks and film festival favourites, she’s finally made the move to Hollywood stardom. Last year, she starred alongside Aaron Taylorjohnson in Godzilla, and now she’s the Scarlet Witch in the hotly anticipated Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron, opposite Aaron again and Scarlett Johansson.
Now, after recently hitting the headlines for calling off her engagement to fellow actor Boyd Holbrook, Elizabeth talks about the pressures of fame, her fight to keep her private life private, and why underneath the Elizabeth and James jeans (yep, her sisters named their fusion line after her and their brother), she’s really just a big geek…
Hi, Lizzie. Congratulations on your Avengers role! On a scale of one to ten, how nervous were you before you started filming? Well, we were in Italy and the only actors were me, Aaron Taylor-johnson and Jeremy Renner, so it was actually fine. It felt like I didn’t have to be too terrified and overwhelmed, and I kind of got to work non-stop