Enquirer: Elizabeth Olsen is living in squalor, refuses help from her sisters


Elizabeth Olsen is now on the tabloids’ radar whether she likes it or not, and I’m guessing that she’s not thrilled about it at all. Lizzie, who was blurbed in the October issue of GQ, admitted that she chose her low-key approach to acting (i.e., becoming an indie actress) after watching sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley get chased by the paparazzi on a daily basis. Smart move, right?

In addition, the Enquirer has also heard from a source that has confirmed what I already suspected; that is, Lizzie very much wants to succeed without any help from her already famous twin sisters. However, the Enquirer also sounds an alarm that Lizzie is living in relative squalor compared to the twins, who have recently sold out of their $39,000 fug backback and have been touted by Newsweek as “America’s Next Billionaires.” In sharp contrast, Lizzie lives on the Lower East Side of NYC in a “seedy” neighborhood close to the Samuel Gompers houses that comprise hi-rise public housing towers. The Enquirer seems a bit reactionary here at best:

Her twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley are worth a cool $100 million, but up-and-coming actress Elizabeth Olsen is determined to make it on her own!

The ENQUIRER has learned the famous twins’ 22-year-old sis lives in a rough New York City neighborhood that’s rife with drugs, robberies and murders!

“Mary-Kate and Ashley would do anything for Elizabeth — even put her up in a $1 million apartment,” the source divulged. “But she turned down their offer recently and decided to live in a 500-square foot apartment next to a laundromat in a seedy Lower East Side neighborhood instead.”

A local resident told The ENQUIRER: “A ton of drug dealers work around here, and it’s violent. You have to watch your back. People have guns and they don’t mess around. They don’t care who they kill!”

In June, a 23-year-old man was gunned down outside a pizzeria near Elizabeth’s apartment. And in October 2010, a shooting on her street left three men injured. Four blocks away, at the New York Police Department’s busy 7th Precinct, cops have dealt with five murders, eight rapes, 85 robberies, 59 burglaries, and 215 grand larcenies so far this year.

But amid the squalor and chaos, Elizabeth is becoming recognized for her talents. In fact, her upcoming role in the psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene is generating Oscar buzz before its Oct. 21 release.

The pretty younger sister also stars with Robert DeNiro and Signourney Weaver in the upcoming 2012 mystery Red Lights. And she was tipped to play the character of young Carrie Bradshaw in the upcoming “Sex and the City” prequel, but turned down the role.

Elizabeth attended a private school in Beverly Hills for 13 years, graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and honed her skills at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York.

And while her big sisters run three billion-dollar fashion companies, Elizabeth claims she’s led a normal life.

“I consider myself lucky to have such a normal family,” she said in a recent interview. “I have to attribute the way that I have always looked a work to my father because he was a really good influence on us. It was always very important to him that his daughters be financially independent … witnessing how my sisters can take care of themselves financially is a great model to have.”

The source added: “Having turned down Mary-Kate and Ashley’s generous offer to live in a decent place shows that Elizabeth wants to do things her way. She looks like a star in the making, and the fact that she’s lived a ‘real life’ s bound to help her make it to the top!”

[From Enquirer, print edition, October 24, 2011]

Well, okay. The thing about New York, however, is that everything is so compact that (in some cases) really high-end neighborhoods are literally around the corner from the ghetto. And no matter what, living in NYC is an expensive endeavor. So even though Mary-Kate and Ashley have allegedly offered to purchase a $1 million apartment for Elizabeth, the truth of the matter is that it wouldn’t be much of an upgrade, space-wise. Yes, she’d probably be in a much better neighborhood and might even have a nice view, but we’re still probably talking about a one-bedroom apartment. So I’m inclined to believe that Lizzie doesn’t mind doing the “starving artist” bit for awhile until she can afford a better place on her own. And if she continues to draw the buzz like she has with her Martha Marcy May Marlene performance, it won’t be much longer until that happens.

In addition, this story has made me reconsider the question of whether Elizabeth has been the victim of too much Photoshop and/or some overzealous cosmetic tweaking. At this point, I think she might have had an early nose job but hasn’t tweaked further. If she can’t afford to live in a better neighborhood, then how on earth could she manage regular visits to a surgeon? After all, Lizzie’s not making huge money at this point doing these indie movies, and she’s refused to join the commercial blockbuster route with the “Sex and the City” prequel. By the way, that last bit is seriously awesome.




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  1. Alejandro says:

    PR leak. She has a new movie to promote. There’s something about her nose that bothers me. It’s like disappearing, really bad work she had done.

  2. anne_000 says:

    I like that actor who’s at the left of her. He was in Winter’s Bone.

  3. gee says:

    PLEASE. That apartment is probably $1500. I am a NYer and I can tell you everyone gets murdered everywhere, that’s the beauty of NYC. Murderers do not discriminate by neighborhood.

    I would love to live in her squalor. With her deisgner clothes, hair, makeup, paid-for college.. so unfortunate and poor.

  4. normades says:

    She probably just lives like a “normal” person.

    I think she’s really pretty and refreshing.

  5. Talie says:

    LIving in squalor? Over dramatic headline, to say the least…she’s pretty much living the same as any other person who comes to NY and works a job that doesn’t pay much. NY sucks without money and a rent-controlled apt.

  6. neelyo says:

    @geo, R3 –

    I was thinking the same thing. I live in Hell’s Kitchen, site of many murders and I don’t consider myself living in squalor.

    Saw her movie last week. It’s okay. Lots of atmosphere, not much action. Olson’s performance is fine, not great. I think people are just amazed there’s an Olson sister who can act.

  7. cmc says:

    LES by the 7th precinct? That’s probably over in the Ave A/Ave B area. There’s lots of great apartment buildings over there, and a lot of amazing restaurants and night life. Whoever wrote that leak needs to sit down.

    Also, why do we insist that EVERYONE has had plastic surgery? All of the Olsens have the same dang nose. Doesn’t it make more sense to assume it runs in the family (obviously those Olsens have strong genes as they’re all practically identical), as opposed to thinking they’ve all gotten nose jobs? /rant over

  8. layla says:

    It seems like the Olson parents managed to raise well adjusted child stars and siblings.

    Say what you want about Mary Kate and Ashley, but they work.

    And now Elizabeth also seems to have a solid head on her shoulders.

  9. danielle says:

    Squalor…it’s not like she’s living in a flophouse with the roaches and the drug addicts, right? Silly story.

  10. Gabrielle says:

    EVERYTHING in NYC is crazy expensive, small and has a touch of dinge to it. Even on Park Avenue. That’s why I commute from Jersey, which is not much better, price-wise.

  11. Reece says:

    Ummm do they mean squalor as the way normal people live compared to her sisters lifestyle. HA!

    I thought a big part of the LES was gentrified during the 90′s? Thanks or no, to Guiliani or has that gone by the way with the economy?

  12. Hellen says:

    The title made it sound like she was going to be on Celebrity Hoarders or something.

  13. jen says:

    Just like any other up & coming young actress. Oh the horror!

  14. bobbysue says:

    The Olsen girls’ father has a very small nose. Look at Youtube “twistoffate” 2:12 mark there is a photo of all the children. Elizabeth looks about 5 or 6. That is her original nose! Some people are just blessed with good noses by genetics.

  15. bobbysue says:

    Sorry, it’s by “simpletwistoffate” or just google Olsen family photos.

  16. Wendy Scott says:

    Her nose bothers me too. Her surgeon made the bridge way too skinny.

  17. Kelly says:

    OMG, “living in squalor” – what a bunch of total crap. I just left my friend’s apartment at E. 4th and Avenue C this morning; I spend a ton of time in that neighborhood. It’s a mix of hispanic families, bottle people, and HIPSTERS, walking French bulldogs, just like in the West Village. Someone above mentioned the fancy restaurants, which is true – super-chichi French, Basque, Indian, Vietnamese… But also bodegas and regular working-people stuff. That’s NY, and that’s what makes it great. Not everybody wants to live on the UES – it’s pretty boring.

    Also, @Hellen, “Celebrity Hoarders,” LOL – that’s a show I would TOTALLY watch.

  18. thinkaboutit says:

    I wouldn’t live on the LES, it’s too grimy for my tastes BUT the hipster kids love it and pay big bucks to live in such “squalor.”

    Funny thing is most of those buildings on Ave A, B, C were squat just a few years ago, where artists were living for FREE (no heat, water, or electricity but lots of likeminded folks around!). And no single woman in her right mind, let alone a gorgeous 19 year old blonde actress, would wander those streets at night OR during the day, by herself. My how things change…

  19. Onyx XV says:

    Haven’t seen her acting yet, but she sure is a lot prettier than her sisters! I’ve always thought they were homely. She definitely bears a family resemblance to them, but her features are arranged in a much prettier way. Just my shallow observation…

  20. Chris says:

    Dumb title – sounds like she is the smart one. She seems to have a soul still.

  21. Lucky Charm says:

    Those Olsen genes are strong – even the little half-sister looks just like them! And I agree that she’s probably just living middle-class. And if that’s considered squalor, then I need a really big, hefty raise so that I can afford to move out of my “squalor” too!

  22. The Original Ashley says:

    This sounds like a plant to get in with the public. She’s rich no matter what size apartment she lives in. And she can’t be that poor if she’s living in hipster central (the LES). 500sqft is more than most people get in that city.

    As for her surgery, her nose is not found in nature. That thing is way too small for her face. Someone went a little too far at the surgeon’s office.

  23. Shannon says:

    She’s 22! What normal 22 year old can afford to live in more than a shoe box in New York City?

  24. ViloDeMenus says:

    I just saw her new movie at a film festival and she’s pretty brilliant in it, and I can certainly see why she’s getting some Oscar buzz. I agree with most everyone else, all of NYC has crime – I used to think of it as part of the weird charm until I got mugged. I’d bet she lives in a pretty decently remodeled apartment, and most people in the city would feel being that close to a laundry is a wonderful dream come true. Unlike living next to a Chinese restaurant or something equally groady. The girl definitely has real talent and I believe she has a shot at a real career acting.

  25. thetruthhurts says:

    If it’s true, can’t blame her for not wanting to be anything like her sisters. Thank God she looks like a normal woman and not an anorexic alien.

  26. Boxy Lady says:

    I don’t understand why people are automatically assuming she had a nose job. Why does she need to look exactly like her sisters? Who says that all siblings have all the same features? Why can’t that just be her nose, the one that she was born with? What is with all this surgery speculation? It’s irritating.

  27. crazycatlady says:

    Yeah, there’s no cosmetic tweaking going on here. I have a hawkeye for it. Sometimes people forget there are actually young attractive people who were born that way. Sucks for us older ugly folk.

  28. Blizz says:

    “Enquirer: Elizabeth Olsen is living in squalor, refuses help from her sisters” When I read this, I thought there was going to be some big reveal about how she’s a hoarder or something, not that she lives in a so-called seedy neighborhood

  29. jenn says:

    Amazing what can make it to print these days… was this even fact checked?
    I live in the same building as Elizabeth Olsen, it’s not in the east village (which no one would consider ‘squalor’ in the first place) it’s in the WEST village which is one of the most sought after real estate locations in downtown Manhattan.
    The apartments are small, no doubt, but not cheap by any means, and the area is extremely safe.