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Elizabeth Olsen

Olsen at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con

Born Elizabeth Chase Olsen

February 16, 1989 (age 30)

Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.

Other names Lizzie Olsen

Alma mater New York University

Occupation Actress

Years active 1993–96; 2011–present


Relatives Mary-Kate Olsen (sister)

Ashley Olsen (sister)

Trent Olsen (brother)

Elizabeth Chase Olsen (born February 16, 1989)[1] is an American actress. Her breakthrough came
in 2011 when she starred in the independent thriller drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which
she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and Independent Spirit
Award for Best Female Lead, among other awards. She subsequently starred in the films Silent
House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Oldboy (2013), Godzilla(2014), I Saw the Light (2015), Ingrid
Goes West (2017) and Wind River (2017).
She achieved global recognition when she appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Wanda
Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, with her first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) in
the end credit scene, then a lead in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil
War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Contents

 1Early life
 2Career
 3Personal life
 4Filmography
o 4.1Film
o 4.2Television
o 4.3Video shorts
 5Awards and nominations
 6References
 7External links

Early life[edit]
Olsen was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to Jarnette "Jarnie", a personal manager, and David
"Dave" Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker.[1][2] She is the younger sister of
twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became noted at an early age as TV and film stars. Olsen
also has an older brother, Trent, and two younger half-siblings. In 1996, her parents divorced.[3] The
Olsens have Norwegian and English ancestry.[4]
As a child, Olsen received ballet and singing lessons.[5] She began acting at a young age, with
appearances in her sisters' films. Before the age of 11, Olsen had small roles in How the West Was
Fun and the straight-to-video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley.[6] 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.[7]
After graduation, she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009, Olsen
spent a semester studying in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theatre School through the MATS program
at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.[7]
Career[edit]

Olsen at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festivaldebut of Martha Marcy May Marlene

Olsen began acting when she was four years old and co-starred in six of Mary-Kate and Ashley's
productions; she also auditioned for the film Spy Kids.[8] She almost quit acting in 2004 due to the
media frenzy surrounding Mary-Kate's eating disorder.[9] Olsen's breakout role came in 2011, 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.[6][10][11] She next appeared in the horror film remake Silent House, in which she played the role
of Sarah. The film received mixed reviews,[12] but Olsen's performance was praised.[11] Olsen also
appeared in the music video "The Queen" by Carlotta.[13] Olsen filmed the movie Red Lights in 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]

Olsen at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con

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. Also in 2013, she portrayed the leading role in In Secret, an adaptation of Émile
Zola's 1867 classic novel Thérèse Raquin.[20]
In 2014, Olsen starred in Legendary's reboot Godzilla, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-
Johnson.[21][22] Olsen joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the character of Scarlet
Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the 2015 sequel to The Avengers.[23][24] She first appeared as the
character in a mid-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, alongside
her Godzilla co-star Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed her brother Quicksilver.[25] She reprised the role
in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War,[26] the 2018 sequel Avengers: Infinity War and the 2019
sequel Avengers: Endgame.
Olsen portrayed Audrey Williams, Hank Williams's wife, manager, and duet partner in the 2015
biopic film I Saw the Light directed by Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank
Williams.[27]
Olsen starred alongside her Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Jeremy Renner in Taylor Sheridan's
directorial feature film debut, Wind River.[28] Later that year she starred in Matt Spicer's Ingrid Goes
Westopposite Aubrey Plaza.[29] Both films were released in August 2017.[30]
In late 2018, Disney confirmed a Marvel television series starring Olsen and Paul Bettany would be
aired on their upcoming Disney+ streaming service; the title of the show, WandaVision, was
confirmed in April 2019.[31]

Personal life[edit]
Olsen attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Atlantic Theater Company and
graduated in March 2013 after six years of intermittent study.[32][33] Her sisters' clothing line "Elizabeth
and James" was named after her and her older brother.[7]
Olsen and Boyd Holbrook became engaged in March 2014,[34][35] but later ended their engagement in
January 2015.[36]

Filmography[edit]
Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha

2011 Silent House Sarah

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Zoe

Red Lights Sally Owen


2012
Liberal Arts Zibby
Year Title Role Notes

Kill Your Darlings Edie Parker

Very Good Girls Gerry


2013
In Secret Thérèse Raquin

Oldboy Marie Sebastian / Mia Doucett

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Uncredited cameo[37]
2014
Godzilla Elle Brody

Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch


2015
I Saw the Light Audrey Williams

2016 Captain America: Civil War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch

Ingrid Goes West Taylor Sloane

2017 Wind River Jane Banner

Kodachrome Zoe Kern

2018 Avengers: Infinity War


Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2019 Avengers: Endgame

Television[edit]
Year Title Role Notes

How the West Was


1994 Girl in car Television film
Fun

2016 Drunk History Norma Kopp Episode: "Siblings"

Episode: "The Keystone


2017 HarmonQuest Stirrip
Obelisk"[38]

2018–
Sorry for Your Loss Leigh Shaw-Gibbs Also executive producer
present

Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet


2020 WandaVision Pre-production
Witch

Video shorts[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

Our First Video Herself


1993
Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special Herself

1994–1996 The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Herself 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominated
Year Association Category Result Refs
work

Martha Marcy Alliance of Women Best Breakthrough


2011 Won
May Marlene Film Journalists Performance
Nominated
Year Association Category Result Refs
work

Chicago Film Critics [39]


Most Promising Performer Won
Association

Florida Film Critics Pauline Kael Breakout [40]


Won
Circle Award

Ghent International [41]


Special Mention Won
Film Festival

Los Angeles Film [42]


New Generation Award Won
Critics Association

Vancouver Film [43]


Best Actress Won
Critics Circle

Broadcast Film Critics [44]


Best Actress Nominated
Association

Chicago Film Critics [45]


Best Actress Nominated
Association

Detroit Film Critics Best Breakthrough [46]


Nominated
Society Performance

Gotham Independent [47]


Best Breakthrough Actress Nominated
Film Awards

Gotham Independent [47]


Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
Film Awards

Independent Spirit [48]


Best Female Lead Nominated
Awards
Nominated
Year Association Category Result Refs
work

Online Film Critics [49]


Best Actress Nominated
Society

[50]
San Diego Film Critics Best Actress Nominated

Best Actress – Motion [51]


Satellite Awards Nominated
Picture

[52]
Saturn Awards Best Actress Nominated

Toronto Film Critics [53]


Best Actress Nominated
Association

Washington D.C. Area


[54]
Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
Association

British Academy Film [55]


Herself BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
Awards
2013
Fangoria Chainsaw [56]
Silent House Best Leading Actress Won
Awards

[57]
2014 Godzilla Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated

Deauville American Hollywood Rising Star [58]


I Saw the Light Won
Film Festival Award
2015
Avengers: Age of [59]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated
Ultron
Nominated
Year Association Category Result Refs
work

Choice Movie: Chemistry


Captain America: shared with Chris [60]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Nominated
Civil War Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony
Mackie and Jeremy Renner

MTV Movie & TV Best Fight


[61]
shared with Danai Gurira, Scarlett Nominated
Awards Johansson, and Carrie Coon
Avengers: Infinity
2018
War
Choice Action Movie [62][63]
Teen Choice Awards Nominated
Actress

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