‘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

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