Elizabeth Olsen recalled her experiences when she first went into acting as the youngest sister of stars Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.
The Avengers actress shares in a Wednesday interview with Glamour UK how she felt to follow in the shadows of the twin child stars, who were famous for portraying Michelle Tanner on the ’80s and ’90s sitcom Full House.
Elizabeth, 32, talked about how curious she was about auditioning at 10 years old. Back then, she realized that it wasn’t for her because she’ll be missing her extracurricular activities at school, especially sports and dance classes. For some reason, she thought that she didn’t want to be associated with Mary-Kate and Ashley at that time.
She also revealed that as an aspiring actress before, she almost didn’t want to use her last name on stage to separate herself from the Olsen twins, who left the acting industry at an early age to focus on their fashion label called The Row. Elizabeth admitted that it also had to do with her insecurities at 10, but she thought that she was going to be Elizabeth Chase as an actress.
Elizabeth ultimately made her acting debut with her nickname Lizzie Olsen, in the 1994 TV movie How the West Was Fun. She had a minor role as a girl in a car.
It was later in 2011, that Elizabeth appeared once again onscreen in thriller films like Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene. She also made an appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Wanda / Scarlet Witch and went on to play it on a grander scale in Avengers: Age of Ultron just a year later.
In an interview with Nylon magazine in 2011, Elizabeth opened up about using her sisters’ connections as an option to grow her acting career. Elizabeth has been receiving valuable career tips from Mary-Kate and Ashley over the years. She shared some of it on the show Off Camera with Sam Jones, when asked about something she learned from her family that she still keeps in mind even up to this day.
Her response was something her sisters would always say, that is ‘No’ as it is, is a full sentence. She realized that the word ‘No’ is such an empowering word, especially for women. Whether used against drugs, abuse, or the like — ‘No’ can be said whenever you want, and that for her, is a powerful thing.
As reported earlier, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have finally reached their divorce settlement.