ELLE – “They can make me have a little vertigo when I have to go on stage, so I just finally decided to take them off instead of trying.”
Elizabeth Olsen is explaining why she kicked off her heels at the Cannes premiere of her latest movie Wind River. Sitting with her on a secluded patio tucked away behind La Croisette–the main oceanfront drag of Cannes–Olsen looks as fresh as a daisy in an elegant printed pantsuit, although she must be exhausted. The movie premiere the night before didn’t even start until 11pm, which is when we saw Olsen take the stage clutching those heels in her hand. By 2am she was still working–meeting and greeting at the movie after-party, even though another super-early start beckoned, followed by another full day of non-stop interviews and events. (She took her shoes off eventually after that appearance, too.)
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MELTY – We got to chat with Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) about Captain America: Civil War. We spoke about their characters’ relationship, what a jerk Tony Stark is, and they even let slip that they haven’t seen the film yet!
The lovely Elizabeth Olsen and the charming Jeremy Renner started off our chat by playing a little joke on the cameramen. According to Jeremy: “They get bored back there. I crack jokes only for them.” The conversation then moved onto the film, Captain America: Civil War, more specifically how the relationship between their Marvel heroes has grown over the course of these movies. “I think it’s getting wonderfully complex and deeper with each passing moment,” said Olsen. “I mean he’s kind of a surrogate brother after Quicksilver passed away. It’s how I think we discussed it and thought about it.” Renner then admitted that his character, Hawkeye, “owed a debt because her brother sacrificed, who I hated, sacrificed his life for me.” Check out the interview in the video below.
Throughout the film, and the promotional campaign, including these press junkets, the Avengers have been split into two groups: Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. went to Paris and turned the Eiffel Tower into a Team Iron Man fan for instance. This is a serious battle! When we asked Renner about whether Tony and Hawkeye could ever work it out, the American actor explained how there was no “hatred or ill will” between the two of them. However, he did admit that the Tony and Cap’s argument developed into a pretty good film. “It’s probably made for a really great piece of cinema. So thanks Tony Stark, for being such a jerk!”
Olsen also spoke about her character Scarlet Witch, who’s easily one of the most powerful Avengers. “I don’t think she’s going to continue to have a struggle of like: should I, shouldn’t I, maybe. I think she now has a lot of new incentive. There are lots of ways you can take her.” Renner then made an interesting analogy about Wanda. “It’s like bringing a tank to a gunfight, or a knife fight. There’s got to be a real reason for you to use you power.” Finally, when we asked what their favorite scene in the movie was, the pair answered in unison: “HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE!” Incredible! However, Renner did end up choosing the airport scene, which we think ranks in the top five best superhero fight sequences, it’s maybe in the top spot.
VOGUE – Many might think that Elizabeth Olsen’s stunning turn on the red carpet in London earlier this week was the work of someone who is used to securing the next-day’s headlines, but for the star herself, the whole “dressing sexy” experience is a relatively new one.
“I’m on this trajectory right now where I’m thinking, ‘Lizzie you can be sexier!’ I have always wanted to be conservative,” Olsen told us on the morning of said red-carpet outing for the premiere of the new Avengers film, Captain America: Civil War. Olsen reprises her role as Wanda Maximoff (or Scarlet Witch) for the third time. Pointing out that she was wearing a mini skirt for our meeting, she assured us that it was a first. “I don’t think I’ve ever worn a mini skirt before!” she laughed. “I would normally wear pants and blouse, but it’s not like it’s offensive – and my version of what I think dressing sexy is like is definitely not offensive!”
Sexy aside, the actress is worth more to her movie producers than the inadvertent promotion she gives them. Sweet, articulate and instantly likeable, Olsen has that rare quality that makes her endearing to indie-film audiences but accessible enough to take on massive franchises like Marvel. She does, however, give the post-shoot side of things more thought than many would think a young actress might.
“The weirdest thing as an actor to me is that when you’re on set, there are so many crucial people that work there,” she said earnestly. “Like, if your focus puller had something out of focus, that’s incredible important! You really need all these people, yet as an actor you’re there representing hundreds on the crew, a huge cast, all the people that deal with post production and that handle all the special effects being the face of it all – that’s weird! There are so many people that need credit.”
Olsen isn’t someone who talks about herself in grandiose terms and self-promoting clichés – on the contrary. She laughs and blushes when told she is one of the most famous actresses of her generation (“I don’t feel that way, that’s funny to say,” she smiles) and doesn’t think of herself as one of the most attractive either.
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ELLE CANADA – Elizabeth Olsen doesn’t like speed. Likewise “adrenalin or kicks.” In fact, she’s a self-described “very safe person” whose definition of dangerous driving involves lip-synching to Pretenders songs in the car and filming it on her iPhone for her friends.
Which is why she is more surprised than anyone by how much she loved learning how to snowmobile for her new film, Wind River. “Going 60 miles an hour sliding on ice isn’t my idea of fun,” says Olsen over the phone from Park City, Utah, where production on the indie thriller is set to begin in a few days. “But I got used to it and loved it. It’s absolutely breathtaking 10,000 feet up here in the mountains.” Olsen—just back from a three-hour excursion with her co-star Jeremy Renner and the film’s stunt coordinator—says that it was one of those days that remind her why she does what she does: “It’s pretty fucking awesome.”
That’s another thing: Olsen peppers her conversation liberally with the f-bomb, but she does it in such a matter-of-fact, low-key way that you stop noticing it until you, say, transcribe a conversation and see how often it comes up.
“Low-key” also describes ELLE Canada’s day shooting the actress in New York: In fact, one staffer, on her way into the studio, passed a young woman in a trench coat waiting in the lobby and it only hit her about five minutes later that that was our cover star. And that may be exactly how Olsen wanted it.
“A lot of the time in my life, I try not to take up space—I just want to disappear into a wall,” says the 27-year-old. “And then eventually, when I’m around people I feel confident with, I’ll take up more space.”
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YAHOO – “Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters on May 6 and is packed with female superheroes. “The Insider With Yahoo” correspondent Keltie Knight sat down with Emily Van Camp and Elizabeth Olsen to chat about female empowerment in the film and how their characters are holding their own. What was it like for newcomer Elizabeth to work with Scarlett Johansson and her bad-ass character, Black Widow? Check out this video to hear their interviews, and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” on TV tonight for the lates