Elizabeth Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen
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Olsen in 2019
Born
Elizabeth Chase Olsen

(1989-02-16) February 16, 1989 (age 32)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActress
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Robbie Arnett
Relatives

Elizabeth Chase Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the younger sister of the actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. She is most known for her role as the Marvel Comics character Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) in a post-credits scene, Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). She then reprised her role in the Disney+ miniseries WandaVision (2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) in a post-credits scene, and for the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

Early life and education[change | change source]

Elizabeth Chase Olsen was born on February 16, 1989, in Sherman Oaks, California. Her mother, Jarnie, is a former dancer, while her father, Dave, is a real estate agent. She is the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became television and film actresses as children. Olsen also has an older brother, a younger half-brother, and a younger half-sister. Her parents divorced in 1996. Olsen began acting when she was four years old, appearing in Mary-Kate and Ashley's projects, including the 1994 television film How the West Was Fun and the straight-to-video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley. As a child, she took acting classes and spent time at musical theatre camp. Olsen nearly quit pursuing acting in 2004 due to the media attention toward Mary-Kate's eating disorder. She went to Campbell Hall School in Studio City, California. Olsen attended New York University (NYU)'s Tisch School of the Arts, during which she took classes at Atlantic Theater Company and spent a semester at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. She attained understudy roles in the 2008 off-Broadway production of the play Dust and the 2009 Broadway production of the play Impressionism, which led to her securing an agent. Olsen graduated from NYU in January 2013.

Career[change | change source]

Early roles and acclaim (2011–2014)[change | change source]

Olsen made her film debut in the 2011 thriller film Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film, along with her performance, received critical acclaim following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Olsen earned several award nominations for her portrayal of the titular Martha, a young woman suffering from delusions after fleeing her life in a cult and returning to her family, including those for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She attributed her interest in the character to her own fascination with mental illnesses. Olsen next appeared in the horror film Silent House, which garnered her "rave reviews". Despite premiering at the Sundance Film Festival alongside Martha Marcy May Marlene, it was released in 2012, during which she also starred in the thriller Red Lights and the comedy Liberal Arts.

In January 2013, Olsen garnered a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the 66th British Academy Film Awards. She played Edie Parker, novelist Jack Kerouac's first wife and the author of the Beat Generation memoir You'll Be Okay, in the biographical drama Kill Your Darlings. She appeared in the American remake of the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy, playing Marie Sebastian, a nurse who helps the protagonist, played by Josh Brolin, find his daughter. That same year, she starred as the titular Juliet in an off-Broadway production of the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The New York Times critic Ben Brantley described her portrayal as "an open book, and a slim volume, alternating between saucy petulance and hysteria". She played the leading role in In Secret, a film adaptation of Émile Zola's 1867 novel Thérèse Raquin. The film was released in February 2014. Later that year, Olsen starred in the monster film Godzilla, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, which received positive reviews and grossed $529 million against a $160 million production budget. She and Dakota Fanning co-starred as teenage girls in Brooklyn in the film Very Good Girls, released that same year, which Josh Duboff of Vanity Fair characterized as unfavorably reviewed.

Marvel Cinematic Universe and continued success (2015–present)[change | change source]

Olsen starred in the 2015 superhero film Avengers: Age of Ultron, a sequel to The Avengers, joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe media franchise and rising to fame. In the film, she portrayed Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, which marked the comic book character's film debut. She first appeared as the character in a post-credits scene of the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, alongside Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed Scarlet Witch's brother, Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver. Olsen played the part with an accent originating from a fictional country called Sokovia, which she described as similar to Slovakian. She reprised the role in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019), the last of which became the second highest-grossing film of all time.

Olsen portrayed Audrey Williams, the wife, manager, and duet partner of singer Hank Williams, portrayed by Tom Hiddleston, in the 2015 biographical film I Saw the Light, directed by Marc Abraham. In 2017, she starred as a novice FBI agent in the mystery film Wind River and a social media influencer in the comedy-drama film Ingrid Goes West, both of which were released in August to critical praise. Vulture's David Edelstein found Olsen's "incongruously high-schoolish demeanor" in Wind River problematic, while Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that she gave a "major eye-opener of a performance" in Ingrid Goes West, deeming it "toxic perfection". The following year, she appeared in the Netflix film Kodachrome, playing a caregiver to a photographer, played by Ed Harris. Olsen executive produced and starred as a young widow named Leigh Shaw in the Facebook Watch web television series Sorry for Your Loss, which premiered in September 2018. She said the three years it took to develop the series enabled her to immerse herself in Shaw's impulses. Critics reviewed the series positively, and Olsen's performance, which earned her a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, was noted as "stunning", "disciplined and sharp", as well as "slyly sympathetic". The series was canceled in January 2020 after two seasons.

Alongside Paul Bettany as Vision, Olsen played Scarlet Witch again in the superhero miniseries WandaVision, which premiered on Disney+ in January 2021. In addition to complimenting Olsen and Bettany's chemistry, critics praised the cast, with Vox's Alex Abad-Santos writing Olsen was brilliant in her portrayal and Linda Holmes of NPR highlighting her "indelible central performance" in their respective reviews. Olsen earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for her performance. She will reprise the role in the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is scheduled for a May 2022 release. She is set to star as Candy Montgomery in Love and Death, an HBO Max limited series about a 1980 Texas murder.

Personal life[change | change source]

Olsen has been an atheist since the age of 13 because she believed that "religion should be about community and having a place to go in prayer, not something that should determine women's freedoms." She is an ambassador for the company Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She and actor Boyd Holbrook were in a relationship from 2011 to 2014. Olsen became engaged to musician Robbie Arnett, of the American band Milo Greene, in July 2019 after three years of dating. She and Arnett live in Los Angeles. Olsen revealed in June 2021 that the two had married.

Acting credits[change | change source]

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
2012 Red Lights Sally Owen
Silent House Sarah
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Zoe
Liberal Arts Zibby
2013 Kill Your Darlings Edie Parker
Oldboy Marie Sebastian / Mia Doucett
2014 In Secret Thérèse Raquin
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Wanda Maximoff Uncredited; post-credits scene
Very Good Girls Gerry Fields
Godzilla Elle Brody
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
I Saw the Light Audrey Williams
2016 Captain America: Civil War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2017 Ingrid Goes West Taylor Sloane
Wind River Jane Banner
2018 Kodachrome Zooey Kern
Avengers: Infinity War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2019 Avengers: Endgame Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Uncredited; post-credits scene
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Post-production

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
2012 Red Lights Sally Owen
Silent House Sarah
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Zoe
Liberal Arts Zibby
2013 Kill Your Darlings Edie Parker
Oldboy Marie Sebastian / Mia Doucett
2014 In Secret Thérèse Raquin
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Wanda Maximoff Uncredited; post-credits scene
Very Good Girls Gerry Fields
Godzilla Elle Brody
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
I Saw the Light Audrey Williams
2016 Captain America: Civil War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2017 Ingrid Goes West Taylor Sloane
Wind River Jane Banner
2018 Kodachrome Zooey Kern
Avengers: Infinity War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2019 Avengers: Endgame Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Uncredited; post-credits scene
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Post-production

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 How the West Was Fun Girl in Car Television film
2016 Drunk History Norma Kopp Episode: "Siblings"
2017 HarmonQuest Stirrip Episode: "The Keystone Obelisk"
2018–2019 Sorry for Your Loss Leigh Shaw Main role; also executive producer
2021 WandaVision Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Miniseries; main role
Marvel Studios: Assembled Herself Episode: "Assembled: The Making of WandaVision"
TBA Love and Death Candy Montgomery Upcoming miniseries

Theatre[change | change source]

Year Title Role Venue
2013 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Classic Stage Company

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Martha Marcy May Marlene Won
Best Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Elle Women in Hollywood Woman of the Year N/A Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award Martha Marcy May Marlene Won
Ghent International Film Festival Special Mention Won
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Breakthrough Actress Nominated
Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Actress Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
San Diego Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress 5th place
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
2012 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Awards Best Actress 5th place
Breakthrough Artist 3rd place
Dorian Awards We're Wilde About You / Rising Star Award N/A Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Martha Marcy May Marlene Nominated
International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Next Mega Star Silent House Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Actress Martha Marcy May Marlene Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won
2013 British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award N/A Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Leading Actress Silent House Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Godzilla Nominated
2015 Deauville American Film Festival Hollywood Rising Star Award N/A Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Avengers: Age of Ultron Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry Captain America: Civil War Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Fight Avengers: Infinity War Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Movie Actress Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Sorry for Your Loss Nominated
2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Show WandaVision Won
Best Fight Won
Gold Derby TV Awards Performer of the Year Nominated
Best Limited/Movie Actress Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association Awards Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie Nominated
Dorian Awards Best TV Performance Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Nominated
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
People's Choice Awards Female TV Star of 2021 Nominated
2022 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Pending
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Pending

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