IGN – We’re only a little over a month away from the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron — the final piece in the Phase 2 puzzle before the next phase begins with Civil War, Spider-Man in the MCU, Black Panther, and more.
IGN’s Roth Cornet had the opportunity to visit the set of the Joss Whedon-helmed sequel, along with a small group of other journalists. While there, we talked to Elizabeth Olsen, aka Scarlet Witch, about her character’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wanda Maximoff’s insane powers, and her not-so-comic-inspired costume…
Question: Can you talk about your Eastern European accent?
Elizabeth Olsen: We know that we’re from Eastern Europe. It’s a make-believe place, so it’s something that Aaron and I — with the dialect coach — kind of created together.
Question: How are we introduced to your character?
Olsen: I think you’ve already been introduced at the end of Cap 2.
Question: Is that continued?
Olsen: A little bit, yeah. There is definitely a connection that is very evident. You know, that world is very specific, so it’s almost like… hospital-ish, you know? And the way that we’ve designed the costumes for the characters is based off of these two kids being on their own. They’re using whatever they can to the best of their ability — like if they see a street vendor and they just grab something off a street vendor. So it has hints of Eastern Europe, but it’s also [got] this kind of kitschy, vagabond feel as well.
Question: Has working together previously [with Aaron Taylor Johnson in Godzilla] made this experience easier?
Olsen: Totally. I mean, if you look at the comics, the two of them are always so close to each other. Their comfortability around each other is so specific. So it’s nice to know Aaron, and it’s also nice to have a friend when you’re joining such a big project like this with potentially intimidating people. And it is nice to feel like we have this… Like, [The Avengers] have their movies — well, we had a movie too! [Laughs] it was that kind of teammate feel.
BUZZFEED – A small police force was pinned down behind a makeshift barricade of smoldering car chassis and fallen slabs of concrete on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, its gunfire no match for the relentless onslaught of hostile robots of the film’s title, barreling down the barely recognizable city street. The windows of a nearby high-rise exploded in clouds of billowing black smoke as extras attempted to flee the carnage raining down all around them. If there was ever a time for one of the Avengers to swoop in and save the day, it was this moment.
But instead of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), or the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), a man in dark motorcycle pants and a body-hugging silver shirt sprinted into the middle of the action, carrying a woman in a tattered black dress and stylish red jacket in his arms. They looked less like superheroes, and more like European party kids who’d just emerged from an all-day rave and accidentally stumbled into chaos. The man skidded to a stop and the woman flew out of his arms — and directly into the path of the oncoming Ultrons.
But there was nothing to worry about: She was far from helpless, and he was always on his toes. They were twin siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, also known respectively as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) — the newest members of the Avengers franchise.
As the actors and extras set up for the next take, writer-director Joss Whedon explained to BuzzFeed News why Pietro had been carrying his sister. “They have a lovely expedited form of transportation,” he said with a smile.
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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METRO – Elizabeth Olsen has praised working with Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Olsen and Taylor-Johnson play brother and sister team Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel.
Having played married couple Ford and Elle in blockbuster Godzilla, Elizabeth is looking forward to teaming up with the Kick Ass star once again.
She said: ‘It’s awesome! We only did a few scenes together for [Godzilla], but we spent time together in Vancouver and I got to know his family.
‘And to play really tight twin brother and sister, I felt really lucky that it’s not with some guy I just met or something. I think we both like the fact that we have this other film in our repertoire or something.’
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DAILYMAIL – She’s one of Hollywood’s hottest up and coming leading ladies, but Elizabeth Olsen has been told she’s too young to star in romantic comedies.
The 25-year-old just finished up starring in Godzilla, one of the year’s biggest hits at the box-office taking over $524million globally.
But unfortunately she has revealed that she’s unable to land a leading role in a romantic comedy because she looks too young.
‘I love comedies and I love romantic comedies -I love bad ones,’ she said in an interview promoting the upcoming DVD release of Godzilla.
‘I have looked for them, and I’ve been talking to the right people.
‘The hard thing for me is that I look either my age or younger and I think right now the roles are for late twenties, early thirties for these really great comedies.
‘So I’m not there yet. It’s hard for me to play opposite men in their mid-to-late thirties.
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