Elizabeth Olsen is best known for playing the powerful Scarlet Witch in the mega-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some people may think that she sort of popped up out of nowhere as a “third Olsen.” Part of this is due to Elizabeth’s quiet nature, and some of it is due to people simply missing her past on-screen work.
Some may think that Elizabeth Olsen benefited from having famous siblings, but she has made her own way in the entertainment industry. While she did consider taking sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s help, she didn’t need it.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen starred in the sitcom Full House beginning in 1987. This was long before Elizabeth Olsen was born, but the show and her sisters’ subsequent fame would be a big influence on her childhood.
Somewhere along the way, Elizabeth Olsen’s interest in acting piqued. Olsen played a few small parts in projects that starred her sisters. She laughs off those exciting beginnings now.
After that, Olsen briefly tried to get into other projects, most notably Spy Kids. She ended up not getting the part, but it definitely taught her how serious acting could be.
The Olsen twins are pretty well-known for being reclusive and hesitant to meet with the press, and it appears that’s a family trait. she revealed that she likes traveling incognito, and does not want to reward “stalkery” behavior.
Many might assume that the Olsens’ mom and dad, Jarnette and David, were stage parents, but that wasn’t the case at all. Olsen’s parents divorced in 1996. Elizabeth was just 6 years old at the time. David married his coworker a month later. Some thought the split had fractured the family, as Ashley reportedly did not attend the wedding, but, despite this, David claimed that things were fine.
With Scarlet Witch’s rising status in the MCU, Olsen is being thrust even further into the limelight. While success is no doubt welcome, hopefully Olsen can balance the demands of her popularity with her need for privacy.