Meet Elizabeth Olsen – the third Olsen sister.
With Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen dominating the spotlight in recent years, it has been difficult for their younger sister Elizabeth (Lizzie) Olsen to break through. Starring in the upcoming film Peace, Love and Misunderstanding alongside Jane Fonda and Chace Crawford, Elizabeth Olsen has more than just a famous last name. In addition, Elizabeth will star in an indie film from Borderline Films called Martha Marcy May Marlene. In it, she plays a woman who has recently escaped from a cult and is staying with her sister, played by Sarah Paulson.
Just like her twin sisters, Elizabeth Olsen is trying her luck at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Elizabeth Olsen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
She was a hit at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and is even being called the breakout star of the festival for her appearance in horror film Silent House. The Sundance Channel named Lizzie Olsen among their list of Top 10 Sundance Leading Ladies! Her performances in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House earned her rave reviews, along with her next role in Red Lights, alongside Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver.
Interview with Lizzie Olsen
Here’s what Lizzie told The Hollywood Reporter:
The Hollywood Reporter: Okay, let’s get the obvious question out of the way. What’s it like having the Olsen twins as your sisters?
Elizabeth Olsen: I grew up with it so I don’t know anything different! The only thing that I struggled with growing up is that I wanted to be an actor … but I was very nervous to actually work. 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.
The Hollywood Reporter: What are the most valuable lessons your sisters have taught you about show business?
Elizabeth Olsen: Well, first of all, our family is very close. We keep our values and our personal lives very private. I think my sisters are also very smart businesswomen and they work endless hours — people don’t realize that. 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.
Watch a trailor for Silent House:
Video of Lizzie growing up with Mary-Kate and Ashley: