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
Currently, Olsen is starring in Martha Marcy May Marlene from Fox Searchlight.
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, Ghent, Florida
(Breakout), Chicago (Most Promising), Phoenix, Central Ohio, Vancouver. She was
also nominated for the following: Detroit (Breakthrough), St. Louis, Chicago,
Las Vegas, Houston, Online Film Critics, IPA, San Diego and Denver.
Olsen will next be seen starring in the independent films Silent House from Open
Road Films, and Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding from IFC. Silent House is the
re-imagining of the successful Uruguayan psychological horror-thriller, La Casa
Muda. It is about a true story that happened in the late 40's in a small village
in Uruguay, and will be released on March 9th, 2012. In Peace, Love, &
Misunderstanding Olsen stars alongside Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener. It will
be released in the spring of 2012.
Olsen also has two films premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The first
film is 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 is 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 Glen 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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