‘It’s not nor­mal, but it’s all I know’

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Ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Olsen tells Chris Har­vey how she sur­vived life as the lit­tle sis­ter of the Nineties’ big­gest child stars

El­iz­a­beth Olsen is in Nashville. It’s green and wet, and she’s sur­rounded by na­ture. She flew in the day be­fore – she has a few weeks off be­fore re­turn­ing to work on next year’s Avengers: In­fin­ity War – and she was hop­ing to travel incog­nito. “No one else had my flight in­for­ma­tion, I didn’t hire a car, noth­ing. I got off at Nashville, and there’s one fan there who had pic­tures to sign, and I just said, ‘No, I’m not go­ing to sign that.’ I think that’s creepy and I don’t think that be­hav­iour should be re­warded. You must have to work re­ally hard to get that in­for­ma­tion… that’s some­one who’s a lit­tle bit stalk­ery to me.”

The 28-year-old ac­tress has been deal­ing with that kind of at­ten­tion all her life. As the younger sis­ter of the Olsen twins, Ash­ley and Mary-Kate, now 31, who were tele­vi­sion and film stars as children in the Nineties, Olsen recog­nises that her ex­pe­ri­ence is out of the or­di­nary.

“It’s all I’ve ever known,” she says. “I un­der­stand that it’s not that nor­mal to be wor­ried about be­ing pho­tographed, when you’re grow­ing up, by strange men around Los An­ge­les who are chas­ing you in cars. It made me de­spise those kinds of peo­ple, it made me de­spise gos­sip mag­a­zines.”

She doesn’t want to com­ment on Mary-Kate’s re­marks, made in 2010, about not wish­ing her up­bring­ing on any­one. Nor does she want to make a fuss about her own ex­pe­ri­ence of di­min­ished pri­vacy – after all, she says, she’s found ways to deal with it: “When I was at the air­port yes­ter­day, one guy came up to me and said, ‘Has any­one ever told you, you’re the spit­ting im­age of El­iz­a­beth Olsen?’ And I said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve heard that be­fore,’ and that

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