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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 Broadcast Film Critics Association 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), and Wind River (2017). Since 2014, she has portrayed Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen SDCC 2014 2 (cropped).jpg
Olsen at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born Elizabeth Chase Olsen
(1989-02-16) February 16, 1989 (age 29)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Other names Lizzie Olsen
Education Campbell Hall School
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–96; 2011–present
Relatives Mary-Kate Olsen (sister)
Ashley Olsen (sister)

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Early lifeEdit

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, Olsen's parents divorced.[3] The Olsens have Norwegian ancestry on their father's side and English ancestry on their mother's side.[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]

CareerEdit

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,[citation needed] but Olsen's performance was praised.[11] Olsen also appeared in the music video "The Queen" by Carlotta.[12] Olsen filmed the movie Red Lights in mid-2011, and it was released in the U.S. on July 13, 2012.[13] She starred in Josh Radnor's film Liberal Arts, which was released on January 22, 2012.[14] She and Dakota Fanning starred in Very Good Girls, a 2013 release.[15][16]

 
Olsen at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International

In January 2013, Olsen was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

In 2014, Olsen starred in Legendary's reboot Godzilla, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.[20][21] Olsen joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the character of 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, alongside her Godzilla co-star Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed her brother Quicksilver.[24] She reprised the role in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.[25]

In September 2014, it was announced that Olsen would portray Audrey Williams, Hank Williams's 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]

In January 2016, it was announced that Olsen would star alongside her Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Jeremy Renner in Taylor Sheridan's directorial feature film debut, Wind River.[27] In August 2016, it was announced that she would star in Matt Spicer's Ingrid Goes West opposite Aubrey Plaza.[28] Both films were released in August 2017.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[30][31] The sisters' clothing line "Elizabeth and James" was named after her and her older brother.[7]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Our First Video Herself
1993 Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special Herself
1994 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of Thorn Mansion Herself
1994 How the West Was Fun Girl in car Cameo
1995 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Mystery Cruise Herself
1995 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Christmas Caper Herself
1996 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the U.S. Space Camp Mission Herself
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 cameo[32]
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
2016 Drunk History Norma Kopp TV series; episode: "Siblings"
2017 Ingrid Goes West Taylor Sloane [33]
2017 Wind River Jane Banner
2017 Kodachrome Zoe Barnes [34]
2017 HarmonQuest Stirrip TV series; episode: "The City of Forlona"
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch In post-production

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominated work Association Category Result Refs
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Won [35]
Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award Won [36]
Ghent International Film Festival Special Mention Won [37]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award Won [38]
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won [39]
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated [40]
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated [41]
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated [42]
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Breakthrough Actress Nominated [43]
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Ensemble Performance Nominated [43]
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Nominated [44]
Online Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated [45]
San Diego Film Critics Best Actress Nominated [46]
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Nominated [47]
Saturn Awards Best Actress Nominated [48]
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated [49]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated [50]
2013 Herself British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated [51]
Silent House Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Leading Actress Won [52]
2014 Godzilla Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated [53]
2015 I Saw the Light Deauville American Film Festival Hollywood Rising Star Award Won [54]
Avengers: Age of Ultron Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated [55]
2016 Captain America: Civil War Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry
shared with Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner
Nominated [56]

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