Elizabeth Olsen: 5 Things You Need to Know
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Surprising facts about Mary-Kate and Ashley's sis, who is heating up the Sundance Film Festival.
1. She thinks her sisters have handled fame "very well."
Elizabeth - who is three years younger than Mary-Kate and Ashley - got her first taste of acting in her sisters' kid-friendly fare, The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley: The Case of Thorn Mansion. "When I was a little girl, my parents would pick me up from elementary school and my sisters would be at the set, so my after-school care was basically hanging out there," she tells THR. "They would be like, 'Hey Lizzie, you want to be on this one?' I would be like, 'Okay!,' and then they would put gum in my hair." Asked what
lessons, she's learned from her older sibs, she tells THR: "Fame is a really weird thing, and I think my sisters have handled themselves very well. It’s really something for me to know that you never have to get caught up in it; you can just go on with your work."
2. She used to be terrified to get in front of a camera.
"I was very nervous to actually work," says Elizabeth, who studied ballet as a kid and pursued theater. "I think that’s why I focused so much on theater. I thought theater was a safer place because it’s more free of media ... being in front of a camera was really the most frightening thing."
3. She's still in college.
A senior year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she tells THR: "Right now I’m just trying to balance school and acting, going script by script.” As for her courses, she can’t get enough psychology. “I find mental illnesses fascinating,” she tells THR. “In fact, right now I’m taking a class on Freud at NYU.”
4. She isn't afraid of nudity.
In Martha Marcy May Marlene, she plays a damaged woman who escapes from a cult-like community (read THR's review). "My dad, when he found out there was nudity in the film, was like, are you sure this is a good idea?” she tells the New York Times. “Me as a person, I don’t even wear things that show my midriff ever. I’m a very covered-up human being.” She got over any apprehensions since she said the nudity served the story. Not only is she wowing critics in MMMM, she also is getting rave reviews for her other Sundance film, Silent House, a horror flick from Open Water filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau.
5. She's already landed her new big gig.
She has signed on to appear in Rodrigo Cortes' Red Lights, which stars Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy. Cortes is the director behind the 2010 Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried.