Elizabeth Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen
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Born Elizabeth Chase Olsen
(1989-02-16) February 16, 1989 (age 25)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1994–present
Relatives Mary-Kate Olsen (sister)
Ashley Olsen (sister)

Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles in the films Godzilla, Silent House, Liberal Arts, and the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which she was nominated for numerous awards.[1][2][3] She is the younger sister of actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.

Early life and education[edit]

Olsen was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, California, the daughter of Jarnette "Jarnie" (née Fuller;[4] b. 1954), a personal manager, and David "Dave" Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker.[5] Elizabeth is the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became famous as TV and movie stars at an early age. Her oldest brother is named Trent Olsen, and she has two younger half siblings as well. The Olsens have Norwegian ancestry on their father's side and English ancestry on their mother's side.[6][7]

In 1996 Olsen's parents divorced.[8] Her father remarried McKenzie. From her father's second marriage to McKenzie, she has a younger half-sister, Courtney "Taylor" Olsen, and a half-brother, Jake.

As a child, Olsen received ballet and singing lessons.[9] She began acting at a very young age, with appearances in her sisters' films. Before the age of eleven, Olsen had small roles in How the West Was Fun and the straight-to-video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley.[3] Having appeared in her sisters' videos, when she was in the fourth grade, Olsen began to go on auditions for other projects.

She attended Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California from kindergarten through grade 12. After graduation, she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009, Olsen spent a semester studying in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School through the MATS program at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.[10]

Career[edit]

Olsen began acting when she was four years of age and co-starred in six of Mary-Kate and Ashley's productions; she also auditioned for the film Spy Kids.[11] She almost quit acting in 2004 due to the media frenzy surrounding Mary-Kate's eating disorder.[12]

Olsen's breakout role came in 2011, when she appeared in the critically acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene. Olsen was nominated for and won numerous critics awards for her portrayal of the titular character Martha, a girl suffering from delusions and paranoia after fleeing her life in a cult and returning to her family. She next appeared in the horror movie remake Silent House, in which she played the role of Sarah, and appeared in the music video "The Queen" by Carlotta.[13] Olsen filmed the movie Red Lights during mid-2011, and it was released in the U.S. on July 13, 2012.[14] She starred in Josh Radnor's film Liberal Arts, which was released on January 22, 2012.[15] She and Dakota Fanning starred in Very Good Girls, a 2013 release.[16][17]

In January 2013, Olsen was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[18] She co-starred in the 2013 American remake of the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy; she played Marie, a young social worker who developed a relationship with the protagonist, played by Josh Brolin.[19] Olsen played Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife and the author of the Beat Generation memoir "You'll Be Okay", in Kill Your Darlings.

Olsen starred in the 2014 Godzilla remake, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.[20][21] Olsen signed on to play the Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the 2015 sequel to The Avengers.[22][23] She first appeared as the character in a mid-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Olsen attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theater Company and graduated in March 2013 after six years of intermittent study.[25][26] Her sisters' clothing line "Elizabeth and James" was named after her and her older brother.[10]

Olsen has been dating fellow actor Boyd Holbrook since 2012 after meeting on the film Very Good Girls. In March 2014, the couple became engaged.[27][28]

Filmography[edit]

Olsen at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International.
Year Title Role Notes
1994 How the West Was Fun Girl in car Cameo
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
2012 Peace, Love and Misunderstanding Zoe
Silent House Sarah
Red Lights Sally Owen
Liberal Arts Zibby
2013 Kill Your Darlings Edie Parker
Oldboy Marie Sebastian
2014 In Secret Thérèse Raquin
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Wanda Maximoff Cameo (mid-credits)
Godzilla Elle Brody
Very Good Girls Gerry
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer Won
Florida Film Critics Circle—Pauline Kael Breakout Award Won
Ghent International Film Festival—Special Mention Won
Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association—New Generation Award Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakout on Camera Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakout Star Nominated
Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Actress Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Actress Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
2013 BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
Silent House Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress Won
Fright Meter Award for Best Actress Nominated

References[edit]

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