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Elizabeth Olsen Meets Caroline Ryder To Talk Reboots, Sex And Female Liberation

DAC: Despite growing up in the shadow of her elder sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley, America’s most famous twins, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Olsen has pointedly remained her own woman. She moved from Los Angeles to New York when she was 18 to study theatre at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, pacing her career to suit herself and remaining happily under the radar while honing her craft. Three years ago, she finally dipped her toes in cinematic waters, making several films in a row, some good, some not so good and one mesmerising – Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), a moving contemporary drama about a girl haunted by memories of life within a twisted utopian cult. Her vulnerable, instinctive performance in the lead role (her first) prompted the late, great film-critic Roger Ebert to describe Olsen as a “genuine discovery” who reminded him of a young Michelle Williams. Whatever whispers of nepotism may have existed prior to that film (“Who is this new Olsen? Is she piggybacking off her sisters’ fame?”) were immediately silenced – Elizabeth’s talent was indisputable. She’s still thankful for the magnificent debut that complex role afforded her.

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