Star Profile: Elizabeth Olsen

Mimi ON Oct 13, 2011 AT 3:01 pm

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Elizabeth Olsen

22-year-old Elizabeth Olsen may be the sister of two of the most famous twins in the world, but you can guarantee that she won’t be left in their shadow after appearing in the new film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ which is set to debut at this month’s London Film Festival. She plays a young woman who has to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult, and although the role is haunting, Olsen refuses to shy away from darker material.

She also is set to star in the new horror film, ‘Silent House,’ where she plays a character driven mad by the mysterious events surrounding an abandoned summer house. The entire film was shot in one take with a hand-held camera, testing Olsen’s skills as an actress, but with this year’s film festivals giving the movie rave reviews, it’s safe to say that the young star passed.

Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene

Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene

Elizabeth Olsen once made a few cameos in her sisters’ popular childhood films, but wasn’t too keen on following in their footsteps. Of growing up with the famous twins Elizabeth has said, “The paparazzi were really frightening. I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just skip that part.” Olsen chose to study theater rather than film or TV, and after graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, she starred in a few plays before heading to the big screen.

Now Olsen is being called “indie film’s most talked about ingénue,” getting Oscar buzz for her role in this year’s ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene.’ With three more films coming out within the next year, and a rumoured role as Carry Bradshaw in a Sex and the City prequel movie, Elizabeth Olsen is on the fast track to becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies.

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