September 28, 2013
Playbill.com chats with Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Juliet in the Classic Stage Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
“Chekhov was my savoir when I was in high school,” admitted Elizabeth Olsen, who was introduced to the work of the classic playwright at age 15. “I read The Seagull and laid in bed and cried for two hours. I was thinking, ‘This is the best play I’ve ever read!’”
Olsen’s love of the classics continued to grow, especially during her theatre studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She joined the cast of Broadway’s Impressionism as the understudy to Margarita Levieva but never performed onstage, and her first major film role was the title character of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” a young woman who escaped from an abusive cult.
Olsen, whose film credits also include “Silent House,” “Liberal Arts” and “Kill Your Darlings,” is now taking on the role of Juliet in the Classic Stage Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet, which marks her official New York stage debut. Previews begin Sept. 28 prior to an official opening Oct. 16.
Directed by Tea Algeric, Olsen stars opposite the Romeo of Julian Cihi, a fellow graduate of Tisch School of the Arts. The cast also includes Daniel Davis as Friar Laurence and Daphne Ruben-Vega as the Nurse.
Olsen, who first approached the role of Juliet in a reading at Classic Stage Company in March 2012, said she was initially reluctant to take on the part because she is usually drawn to characters who are “more obviously broken.”
“I guess I kind of jumped to the conclusion, ‘Everyone knows this story. No one’s going to be surprised by anything,’” she said. “And that’s not what it’s about.”
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Last night, Elizabeth Olsen came straight to the High Line Art Dinner from rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet, which opens later this month at the Classic Stage Company. The actress said she loved both the Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann movie adaptations when she was growing up, but never went through a massive Leo-loving, Celine Dion-singing phase. “No, I didn’t. I’ve always just had a crush on George Clooney, since One Fine Day.” Wait — One Fine Day, in which Clooney plays the cute dad opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, in her son’s dinosaur tee? “Yeah. I also had a crush on her.”
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The Elizabeth Olsen-starring period pic has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) for territories including the UK, Germany, Austria, and Latin America. Exclusive Media announced the deal today from Toronto. Scandinavia and Benelux are also repped in the multi-territory pact on the lit adaptation written and directed by Charlie Stratton from Émile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin. Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange also star in the romantic drama-thriller about a sexually repressed woman who embarks on a love affair with tragic consequences. Therese will open stateside in 2014 via Roadside Attractions. Exclusive Media’s Alex Walton negotiated the deal with Michael Helfand, Chan Phung, and Jon Freedberg on behalf of SPWA.