Elizabeth Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen
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Born Elizabeth Chase Olsen
(1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 25)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Other names Lizzie Olsen
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Relatives Mary-Kate Olsen (sister)
Ashley Olsen (sister)

Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1990) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Godzilla (2014), Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), and the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene (2010), for which she was nominated for numerous awards. She is the younger sister of actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Early life and education[edit]

Olsen was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, California, the daughter of Jarnette "Jarnie" (née Jones;[1] b. 1954), a personal manager, and David "Dave" Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker.[2] She 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. In 1996, Olsen's parents were divorced.[3] The Olsens have Norwegian ancestry on their father's side and English ancestry on their mother's side.[4][5]

As a child, Olsen received ballet and singing lessons.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] She almost quit acting in 2004 due to the media frenzy surrounding Mary-Kate's eating disorder.[10]

Olsen's breakout role came in 2011, when she appeared in the film Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film, along with Olsen's performance, received critical acclaim. 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.[11][12][7] She next appeared in the horror movie remake Silent House, in which she played the role of Sarah, the movie received mixed to positive reviews, although Olsen's performance was once again praised. Olsen also 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] She 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 played 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, again alongside her Godzilla co-star Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed her brother Quicksilver.[24] She will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.[25]

In September 2014, it was announced that Olsen would portray Audrey Williams, Hank Williams' wife, manager, and duet partner in the upcoming 2015 biopic I Saw the Light directed by Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams.[26]

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.[27][28] Her sisters' clothing line "Elizabeth and James" was named after her and her older brother.[8]

Olsen started dating fellow actor Boyd Holbrook in September 2012 after meeting him on the film Very Good Girls. In March 2014, the couple became engaged.[29][30] In January 2015, the couple split and called off their engagement.[31]

Olsen has identified herself as an atheist since she was thirteen. [32]

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
2011 Silent House Sarah
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Zoe
2012 Red Lights Sally Owen
2012 Liberal Arts Zibby
2013 Kill Your Darlings Edie Parker
2013 Very Good Girls Gerry
2013 Oldboy Marie Sebastian
2013 In Secret Thérèse Raquin
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Uncredited post-credits cameo[33]
2014 Godzilla Elle Brody
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2015 I Saw the Light Audrey Williams
2016 Captain America: Civil War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Post-Production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer[34] Martha Marcy May Marlene Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award[35] Won
Ghent International Film Festival Special Mention[36] Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award[37] Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress[38] Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress[39] Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress[40] Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Best Actress[41] Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Best Breakout Star[41] Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance[42] Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Breakthrough Actress[43] Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Ensemble Performance[43] Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead[44] Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Actress[45] Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Best Actress[46] Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture[47] Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress[48] Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actress[49] Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actress[50] Nominated
2013 British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award[51] N/A Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Leading Actress[52] Silent House Won
2015 Deauville American Film Festival Hollywood Rising Star Award[53] I Saw the Light Won

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External links[edit]

Elizabeth Olsen at the Notable Names Database