Elizabeth Olsen steps out from the shadows of older sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley and poses for a feature in V Magazine’s “The Discovery Issue”, nominated as the “New Ingenue” by feature debut “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding” co-star Chace Crawford. Eschewing her older sisters’ child-acting road to success and refusing the many built-in connections that would get her to the top through the “who you know” route, Olsen took the high road. She did children’s theater and school plays, studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and even studied abroad at Russia’s Art Theatre School in Moscow. Her professional work before this year revolved around understudying parts on and off Broadway.
She tells V, “If I could live a parallel life, I would live in Russia. “The [stage combat] teacher and I got along even though he didn’t speak English. He was trying to demonstrate something and asked for a guy. I kind of scoffed and raised my hand, because he didn’t ask any of the chicks to volunteer. And we did this exercise where you have to block someone from slapping your head. It was funny, though, because he wasn’t letting me down easy; I actually had to work to avoid getting hit.”
All her hard work is now paying off as she starts off her debut year as a film actress with no less than three films already under her belt: “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” opposite Crawford, Catherine Keener and Jane Fonda, the horror film “The Silent House” in which she stars almost exclusively and the indie “Martha Marcy May Marlene”.
Sounds like Olsen will have no problem getting people to see her as more than just Mary-Kate and Ashley’s little sister.