The 'Silent House' actress tells us about her rise to fame and her dark imagination. Spooky!
It seems that everyone in the world wants a piece of the Olsen empire—except for one person. Call her "The Other Olsen."
Elizabeth Olsen didn't ask her famed twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley for a career booster shot. The star of the hit Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House did it on her own.
"Everyone has to go it alone at some point. I just started out that way," says Olsen. "I also know that if I ever did need to ask for help, my sisters would be there – 100 percent there."
At age 23, Olsen is one of Hollywood's newest movers and shakers. She already knows how to play the game. She already knows to avoid talking about her private life. She won't address rumors that she's dating hot True Blood actor, Alexander Skarsgard. "Oh, I'm not going to start talking about my personal life at all or addressing rumors like that," she counters. Alexander Skarsgard Only Lasts 8 Seconds In Bed
Over tea at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Olsen wears a flowing floor-length leopard skirt and a slouchy beige sweater. Her long blonde hair falls in long waves around her shoulders. She's happy to talk about her new scare fare Silent House, in which she plays a young woman cleaning out a summerhouse with her father and uncle. Soon, she finds that a strange force is stalking her.
Here, Olsen fills us in on the first film to be portrayed in 88 real-time minutes.
Word is this movie is the first time you've ever seen yourself on the big screen.
It's true. I never saw Marcy May. I sat so low in my chair praying, "Please, please don't look at me. I hope no one notices I'm here!" It's so weird in a horror movie – people actually laugh because they're uncomfortable, which freaked me out. I was dealing with a lot of firsts hunkered down in my chair: first time seeing myself, first time seeing me in a horror film, and I'm in virtually every frame of the movie.
Did you get this job because of your amazing performance in Marcy May?
I got this job by saying, "Hi, I've only done two movies. I'm ready to audition. Please give me a job!" I'm a big horror movie fan. I love things that get your heart racing. The film with 88 minutes in real time sounded like an amazing challenge and very difficult to do.
Are you someone who is scared easily?
I do have a very fatalistic imagination. It's not that things scare me easily, I can just imagine very dark things, very fast. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's Kids Left In The Dark On Oscar Night
How did you prepare for the role?
I really studied people who dealt with trauma who ended up having multiple personality disorder. They block things out and then reveal the past to themselves in traumatic ways. Of course, some people go through life with this big scar. They never remember. They block it out forever.
How could you look horrified for two hours a day?
The Director of Photography and I were a team. He'd be like, "Walk faster. Slow down. Look over there." We had this dance together. It actually felt like a make believe haunted house each day, so it was easy to act it out. You just play with your imagination – you think in the minute. The task might be to run from here to there and avoid being killed, or you have to find a weapon or open a locked door. It's about getting through the minutes.
Switching gears, do people recognize you now?
I don't get whispers. I guess most people in LA are in the business in some way. When I went back to NYU, it was just a case of, "Oh hi, I liked you in that movie." That's always nice to hear. I'm still embarrassed to ask teachers for time off. I'll be like, "Um, I need a few weeks off because I'm, um, working."
Were you upset that you weren't nominated for Martha?
It's more like I'm so happy that people saw my first movie. Critics spoke so well of it. I'm so thankful that someone took a chance on me and only good came out of it. Plus, there were so many female performances last year that were amazing. I couldn't even imagine being in the company of those nominees.
When did you decide to act?
It's what every kid wants and what every parent does in this town. The parents are actors or producers or writers, or they're on a soap. They just think of it as work. For me, since I was seven, I was singing, dancing and acting. It was always what I wanted to do. But, it was still really hard to say, "I want to be an actor." It's almost a degrading thing.
Are you excited about all these things happening in your career, or are you cautious?
I think of things like I'm very lucky, but it's not gonna last. Everything is a rollercoaster in life—the economy, your career—you can't always assume something is going to be there. You just have to be thankful for where you are today. I love that I'm a working actor who gets to do as many cool projects as possible.
What do you do during your days off?
I had three months between films and went back home to live with my mother. I hung out with my siblings and did a lot of yoga. I was so happy! 4 Strangest Celebrity Family Relationships Ever
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