ELIZABETH OLSEN is not only a vivacious and engaging young actress, but she is
also a full time student at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of
Recently, Olsen started in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE from Fox Searchlight, for
which she received a Best Actress nomination from the Film Independent Spirit
Awards. The film is a drama that follows a young woman who is living with her
older sister after escaping a cult. Olsen stars opposite Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes,
Sarah Paulson, and Brady Corbet. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE was also selected in
the Un Certain Regard as part of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and Olsen has
received a Gotham Award, Critics Choice, and FIND Spirit Award nomination for
Lead Actress for her performance. She has been named best actress for her
performance from the following critic associations: Indiana (Winner), Ghent
(Winner), Florida (Winner - Breakout), Chicago (Winner - Olsen/Most Promising),
Phoenix (Winner), Central Ohio (Winner), Vancouver (Winner). She was also
nominated for the following: Detroit (Nominee - Olsen/Breakthrough), St. Louis
(Nominee), Chicago (Nominee), Las Vegas (Nominee), Houston (Nominee), Online
Film Critics (Nominee), IPA (Nominee), San Diego (Nominee) and Denver (Nominee).
Olsen will next be seen starring in the independent film SILENT HOUSE from Open
Road Films. The film is the re-imagining of the successful Uruguayan
psychological horror-thriller, LA CASA MUDA. The movie is about a true story
that happened in the late 40's in a small village in Uruguay. The film will be
released on March 9th, 2012.
Olsen also had two films premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The first
film was RED LIGHTS in which she stars opposite Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy
and Sigourney Weaver. The film centers on a psychologist, and her assistant,
whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world-renowned
psychic. The second was LIBERAL ARTS where she stars as â€˜Zibby' opposite Josh
Radnor, John Magaro, Zac Efron and Richard Jenkins. The film follows a
thirty-something guy (Radnor) and a coed (Olsen) who spark a connection due to
their mutual love of books and music, though their age difference complicates
their fledgling relationship.
This spring, Olsen will start filming THERESE RAQUIN opposite Glenn Close. The
film is a dark period piece set in Paris in 1867, which follows young Therese
(Olsen), who is forced by her aunt, Madame Raquin (Close), into a loveless
marriage to her sick, spoiled first cousin. The film will be directed by Charlie
Stratton, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation. She will also start filming
VERY GOOD GIRLS opposite Dakota Fanning.
Olsen is also very familiar to the stage as she understudied both on the
Off-Broadway play Dust and the Broadway play Impressionism while attending
college. Other workshops include Bottom of the World by Lucy Thurber (Atlantic
Theatre Company), and The Living Newspaper (DRD Theatricals). Training: Atlantic
Acting School and Moscow Art Theatre School.
Olsen currently resides in New York.
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