The 21-year-old sister of Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen is getting a lot of attention this week at Sundance. Because she appears in two movies at the festival – and she’s actually good. Get familiar with the name Elizabeth Olsen. Because you’re going to be hearing it a lot this year.
Elizabeth is the younger sister of the Olsen twins, and until now has avoided the spotlight. But she is appearing in two films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She shines in Silent House, a horror movie that’s getting mixed reviews, about a family that returns to their house to find it haunted. But the role that’s really making people pay attention is her leading role in Martha Marcy May Marlene. Elizabeth plays a young woman who has trouble integrating back into society after taking up with a cult.
Martha Marcy May Marlene was purchased by Fox Searchlight this week, meaning you’ll see it in theaters this year. Just yesterday, Liddell Entertainment purchased Silent House. And Elizabeth has just chosen her next role. She’ll soon star in Buried director Rodrigo Cortes‘ Red Lights. In that film, a “thriller about paranormal activity,” she’ll be joining Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy.
Elizabeth has pretty much avoided joining her sisters as tabloid fodder. But she wants to be an actress, and in this case, their paparazzi fame has been a huge boon for her.
It’s both unfair and impossible to avoid mentioning Olsen’s siblings are Mary-Kate and Ashley, if only to give context. There’s a sort of gross and guilty undercurrent of surprise that not only do they have another sister, but that she’s an actress, and a very talented one to boot. In fact, that was pretty much my reaction, and it’s not something I’m particularly proud of, though I’m no less delighted to have another whipsmart starlet on the horizon.
Also, it doesn’t hurt that in the cold – with a Starbucks cup – she looks just like them: