Why Elizabeth Olsen Is Hollywood's New Sweetheart (You'll Adore Her, We Promise)

by Claire Blackmore

She's the younger sister of film and fashion's most notable twins (and our June cover girl) but it's time for Mary-Kate and Ashley to step aside because Elizabeth Olsen is set to become Hollywood's new sweetheart. Here's everything you need to know about the charming star…

An indie girl at heart
Lizzie (as she prefers to be called) first flexed her talents when she captured 2011's Sundance Film Festival with a haunting portrayal of vulnerable 
Martha Marcy May Marlene who escaped a disturbing cult and doomed future in the eponymous indie film. Further showcasing her acting credentials, the 25-year-old went on to star in subsequent indies Silent House, Kill Your Darlings and Spike Lee's rework of the Japanese film Oldboy, proving exactly why she's hot on Hollywood's radar right now.


From cult hits to blockbuster glitz
Landing a major role in new-release Godzilla alongside hunky Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Breaking Bad lead Bryan Cranston, Lizzie made her move into the mainstream. Continuing her commercial journey, she also bagged the part of Wanda the Scarlet Witch in Marvel's sequel to The Avengers hitting cinemas in 2015.

Lizzie's laid bare
Not only is the stunning starlet brimming with brains and beauty, she's not afraid to push boundaries and acting taboos, all which make her a force to be reckoned with. Stripping off for numerous art house and film projects, Lizzie has appeared totally nude in everything from Martha Marcy May Marlene to her forthcoming release In Secret. Talk about a bold, sassy move.

Her heart-throb is a female screen siren
Could she be any cooler? Lizzie told Marie Claire: 'I never had a heart-throb or a band I loved, but I had Michelle Pfeiffer, so I tried to copy what my friends would do and had magazine pictures cut out in frames.' Besides gazing at her idol's beauty, she used Michelle as inspiration. 'She was the reason I wanted to be an actor.'


She's a down-to-earth dreamer
Living alongside her sisters in US fashion capital New York, a super-stylish Lizzie revealed she still rides the subway and enjoys being totally unrecognisable. 'I hope that never changes,' she confessed. 'I'm never bothered anywhere. Only occasionally someone will say, "Have we met before? You look so familiar."'

Her fiancé's a total hunk (naturally)
She got engaged to American actor, and soon-to-be star of Gone Girl, Boyd Holbrook in March 2014 after almost two years together. His blue eyes, dirty blonde hair and to-die-for body make the perfect companion for lovely Lizzie. With sister Mary-Kate also set to wed, could there be a joint Olsen wedding on the horizon?

Want to know more about this mesmerising darling? Elizabeth Olsen talks family, feminism and breaking out of typecasts in this month's issue of Marie Claire. 

For the full interview and a look at all her gorgeous shoot pictures for Marie Claire, photographed by David Roemer, pick up a copy of the magazine, on newsstands now.

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