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October 4 ,2012
Since the release of cult hit Martha Marcy May Marlene, Elizabeth Olsen has gone from “the other Olsen sister” to one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses. Not that you’d be able to detect any difference in her demeanour. “Coming to London I made my friends promise they wouldn’t watch the last three Homeland episodes without me,” says the 23-year-old cheerily, curling into a leather sofa at the film studio’s press offices in London. “I don’t like waiting for the next series – it hurts my stomach to wait for Game Of Thrones.” To mark the 23-year-old’s latest project Liberal Arts, a smart university-set drama directed by How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor, we sat down with her to talk literary snobbery, her beat-generation biopic with Daniel Radcliffe and the American remake of Oldboy.
Liberal Arts makes unsubtle references to a teen vampire book and a highbrow novel that appears to be Infinite Jest. Are you more of a Twilight or a David Foster Wallace reader?
Elizabeth Olsen: I didn’t know it was Infinite Jest until we started doing press and everyone was talking about it! I’ve never read David Foster Wallace but when I get a chance I’ll read something that’s on the list of classics that I feel like I should read. I’ve never read a young adult novel though. I’m sure I would love it, but I’ve never read one.
Can you recommend a good book?
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway is my favourite book. You feel manly reading it. That’s good for your readers, right? Man books!
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October 4, 2012
Actress Elizabeth Olsen tells Robbie Collin about emerging from the shadow of her famous siblings – Mary-Kate and Ashley – in the new film comedy Liberal Arts.
“I feel like I destroy the possibility of me ever playing a sexy high-school girl whenever I open my mouth,” says Elizabeth Olsen, while doing just that.
We are in an antechamber in the fashionably decorated offices of a public relations firm in the West End of London and Olsen, who is 23 but could pass for anything between 16 and 30, is pouring peppermint tea into a mug perched on a vintage leather storage trunk. Her dark brown hair falls in curls around her face, which looks as round and appetising as a wheel of Edam.
Her voice flits between a Valley girl drawl and an urbane Manhattan croak, and every so often she breaks up a long sentence with raised inflections and little pauses? As if she wants to make sure you’re following? Before eventually landing on a full stop.
“I think I speak really oddly?” she asks, or perhaps tells, me. When I saw her in Liberal Arts, a bright, breezy comedy that made waves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is released in the UK next Friday, I assumed this was a voice Olsen had created for her character Zibby, a 19-year-old student at a private Midwestern college who falls for an admissions adviser 16 years her senior. Zibby is mature beyond her years and yet still girlishly eager to please. The voice is a perfect fit for Zibby and also, as it turns out, Olsen herself.
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