Elizabeth “Lizzie” Olsen is still steadily navigating the waters of Oscar buzz for her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene. As such, the youngest Olsen sister has posed for a brief yet quite glamorous Marie Claire photo spread that does her much more justice than that horrible Nylon shoot from a few months ago. Lizzie also sat down for a brief interview, in which she discussed that by-now famous 300-square-foot apartment (that is small but not quite squalor material), and she also reveals a few more surprises in these excerpts. Namely, the fact that she and her twin sisters enjoy preparing (and presumably eating) holiday food:
On Her Atypical “Olsen” Figure:“I’m the curvy one of the family.” Kewpie eyes and nose aside, Lizzie Olsen’s 5’7″ frame and shapely figure belie her shared parentage with the famously petite Mary-Kate and Ashley. Yet “it’s very clear that I’m the younger sister,” she asserts. “My whole life they’ve been like women, while I’ve been trying to be a woman but still a kid.”
On Distinguishing Herself: “I’ve always had a complex about being taken seriously.” she says over lunch of fava-bean salad and burrata. “I never wanted anyone to think that I would use my family name to get me anywhere.” So she plunged into an ongoing study of her craft, spending summers at musical theater camp and attending the prestigious Atlantic Theater Company at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts – with a semester in Russia at the Moscow Art Theater School for good measure. “I’ve always loved being a student,” Olsen says. (She refused to read the Spy Kids script for her very first audition because “it was too big, and I had schoolwork.”)
On Being Treated Differently In College: “That’s the only time in my life I ever felt different for having sisters in the public eye,” she says. “People would knock on my door and be like, ‘I heard there was a party here,’ just because they knew that I lived in that room. It was so weird.”
On Her Tiny New York Apartment: “It’s like a closet — I need to stop doing independent films so I don’t have to live in 300 square feet.” Her upcoming thriller, Red Lights, with Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and Cillian Murphy, may be just the ticket.
On Looking Forward To The Holidays: “My sisters and I do most of the cooking because we love it. We jazz up the holidays with mashed cauliflower. It’s so delicious; it’s Mary-Kate’s signature.” A family of fashion designers, style icons, actresses, and chefs – it’s an Olsen world, we just live in it.
[From Marie Claire]
Mashed cauliflower? That sounds pretty weird but might actually be better than it sounds because, while I’ve never indulged in such a delicacy, I did have some cauliflower “meatballs” the other day that were surprisingly delicious. Also, I love that Lizzie has a more realistic figure than either of her twin sisters have ever possessed. She’s thin and very beautiful but still looks like a human being.
Seriously though, her nose still appears pretty damn tweaked to me, and I know it bothers some of you when the topic arises. But there’s something about the angle in the below photo, which is otherwise quite striking, that just screams “early nose job.” (God, I am such a jerk.) Still, I adore what I’ve seen so far of Lizzie’s acting, and her unentitled attitude is very rare and refreshing for a soon-to-be “it girl.” Let’s hope she stays grounded as her star inevitably rises.
Photos courtesy of Marie Claire
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