THE TELEGRAPH – If there were any question as to whether the actress Elizabeth Olsen remains in the shadow of her older sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, her role in the new Avengers film should put paid to that notion once and for all. “To be part of a movie that’s as universal as Avengers is incredible,” she says when we meet at Café Gratitude in West Hollywood, a celebrity-favourite vegan haunt where the walls are decorated with vacuously upbeat LA phrases such as “I adore myself and everyone else” and “I know I am divine”.
Petite and pretty, Olsen is instantly recognisable when she arrives, wearing gym clothes – an exercise top, leggings and black trainers – with her blond hair scraped back into a messy ponytail and a chic bag from The Row, one of her sisters’ fashion labels, over her shoulder.
Down-to-earth and self-deprecating, she is seen as the most “normal” of the Olsen sisters, apparently unscathed by the media circus that has surrounded her family since Mary-Kate and Ashley made their acting debut, aged only nine months, on the American sitcom Full House. “It’s just crazy,” says Olsen, 26, who is three years younger than them. “They’ve never had a year off work their whole lives.”
In recent years the twins have distanced themselves from the film industry, focusing on their work as fashion designers. “They’re amazing, diligent, kind, beautiful, hard-working women who have tons of responsibility and are great at what they do,” Olsen says.
In the meantime Elizabeth – or Lizzie, as she is known – has gently manoeuvred herself into the limelight. In 2011 she caused a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival with her beautifully nuanced performances in two independent films: Silent House, an American remake of a Uruguayan horror film; and the critically acclaimed drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, in which she played a girl who escapes a dangerous cult.
Since then she has delivered equally deft performances in several less memorable movies (Liberal Arts and Red Lights, for example), but she reached a much wider audience with last year’s Godzilla remake, in which she played a young nurse and mother married to a military bomb-disposal expert, the film’s hero, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. She reunites with Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this time taking the role of his twin sister, Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, while he plays the superhero Quicksilver, also known as Pietro Maximoff.
Lizzie is on the cover of the latest issue of The Edit magazine and what can I say? She looks stunning! It’s probably one of my favorite photoshoots. I have added high quality scans and outtakes in our gallery.
Elizabeth graces the cover of the May issue of Fashion magazine, available on newsstands April 20, 2015.
FASHION MAGAZINE – Out of the long list of talented, young and beautiful stars in Hollywood, Elizabeth Olsen stands as a lone wolf. A self-described “old soul,” the 26-year-old actress studies Chekhov and Stanislavsky, avoids TMZ at all costs and has managed to opt out of all social media channels for fear of losing focus (Olsen has no Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts). All this makes her the perfect choice to grace FASHION’s May cover as the issue aims to celebrate the intelligence and style of women of all ages (make sure to also check out exclusive profiles with Joni Mitchell, Gigi Hadid, Kim Gordon and Julianne Moore).
Photographed and interviewed in New York City, Olsen’s feature with FASHION—which will be on newsstands on April 20—covers her generational concerns, her upcoming role in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I See The Light. Here’s a sneak peak of Olsen’s conversation with FASHION’s features editor, Elio Iannacci.
On the way people her age are depicted on TV and film:
“It is annoying to me the way my generation is written about—that we are all entitled slackers and hackers.”
On the super fierceness of her character—The Scarlet Witch—in Avengers: Age of Ultron:
“She’s grounded and centered because she’s always receiving information—she knows everyone’s everything because of her telekinesis. She has access to the past, the present, the future and parallel universes—she can connect with all of them.”
Lizzie posed with her co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson during a portrait session for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ on April 11, 2015 in California.
Studio Photoshoots > Portraits & Press Conferences > 2015: ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Portraits
There is a new photoshoot of Lizzie and you can find outtakes from the Spring/Summer issue of Vs. Magazine in our gallery.
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I’ve updated the gallery with new outtakes from the ‘Godzilla’ PR shoot.
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ELLE – “What college student upholsters her walls with fabric?” quips actress Lizzie Olsen, the indie darling and now muse to designers Pookie and Louisa Burch (Olsen’s former NYU roommate and current neighbor). Despite the sisters’ protestations that they never envisioned themselves joining the family firm—their ex-stepmother is design doyenne Tory; Dad is J. Christopher Burch, the fashion-industry vet behind C. Wonder and a host of other brands—Olsen says, “it would have been shocking if they hadn’t gone into design. They’re just such clean, crisp dressers, and if you were to walk into either of their apartments, you’d assume they were professional decorators.”
After studying photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Pookie (née Alexandra) spent time working with textile distributors for her father’s operations in Asia. Tory is a constant source of advice, but you’ll find none of the high-gloss interiors or branded ballet flats that have become synonymous with the family’s surname at Trademark’s sleek 2,500-square-foot SoHo flagship. The sisters Burch turned instead to Stockholm-based retail architect Andreas Bozarth Fornell (Acne, Sandro) to create the chicly sparse, stained concrete and bird’s-eye maple–paneled Grand Street space as a perfect complement to the pared-down elegance of their modern renditions of classic American sportswear.
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