Exclusive Interview With Elizabeth Olsen On Liberal Arts

%name Exclusive Interview With Elizabeth Olsen On Liberal Arts

After wow-ing audiences with her breakout role in Martha Marcy May Marlene, budding young actress Elizabeth Olsen is finally moving into some lighter fare with her new film Liberal Arts.

Co-starring alongside How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor, Olsen brings us another fantastic and wholly enjoyable performance, showing us that she truly is a star on the rise.

Recently, we sat down and talked briefly with Olsen about the film. She discusses what attracted her to the project, some of her upcoming films, how her career has taken off and more.

Check it out below.

We Got This Covered: What attracted you to the film in the first place?

Elizabeth Olsen: I just got off doing my third psychological thriller and there’s something really nice about playing a girl who feels just a bit older than her years and is really excited about learning and living life. I also really liked the way Josh wrote her dialogue. It was a very sweet story too and just a nice change from my previous films.

We Got This Covered: Were you familiar with Josh’s work when he approached you to do the film?

Elizabeth Olsen: I was, I had seen Happythankyoumoreplease, which I really enjoyed.

We Got This Covered: You must have been pretty excited when you got offered the role then?

Elizabeth Olsen: He auditioned me actually and what our audition consisted of was reading through every single scene in the movie for an hour. It was a lot of fun though to just sit on the floor and read through the scenes with him.

We Got This Covered: The ending of the film, was that always the original ending?

Elizabeth Olsen: Yes, that was always the ending. I’m happy with it though, it’s supposed to be that way because the characters grow to be ok with where they are. That’s what I get out of the script at least, that the hardest thing is to be ok with where you are and not try to rush things or go back to things. You have to realize that you can become happy with the place in life that you’re currently in.

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%name Exclusive Interview With Elizabeth Olsen On Liberal Arts

We Got This Covered: You mentioned you’ve done three psychological thrillers before this, was that on purpose? Do you enjoy that genre?

Elizabeth Olsen: Not really, those were just the first few jobs I got so that’s just how it happened. I wasn’t picking jobs when I first started, I was asking for jobs. (laughs) This was actually the first movie I chose to do. It was a nice change though, doing something more light and cheerful. I think you have to mix it up sometimes for your sanity.

We Got This Covered: After Martha Marcy May Marlene came out your career exploded. What was that like for you as a young actress, dealing with that sudden thrust into stardom?

Elizabeth Olsen: I think just because of growing up in LA and being around lots of people in the industry, I was really excited by it. I was happy and thankful too. I didn’t feel like I had a huge life change though, just a change in career and films that I get to be considered for.

I didn’t change much of anything else. It was exciting and great but I did feel a bit overwhelmed. You just have to have a real world attitude though and realize that there are lots of people who come and go and that things may not always be this way.

We Got This Covered: What can you tell us about the upcoming Oldboy remake that you’re starring in?

Elizabeth Olsen: We’ll be filming in New Orleans in October. I feel like that with movies you really love, it’s hard to do a remake of them. But this is just a whole new adventure and I think it’s really going to be great. I loved the original though and I was fighting for this part for a while so I’m very excited to get going on it. It’s such an interesting story and a great script, I’m just thrilled.

We Got This Covered: Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?

Elizabeth Olsen: Well I just finished Kill Your Darlings and that should start doing the festivals in 2013. I also did a film called Therese which is a period piece that focuses on a love affair, it should come out in mid-2013. There’s also a film called Very Good Girls but I’m not sure when it’s coming out.

That concludes our interview but we’d like to thank Elizabeth for talking with us. Be sure to check out Liberal Arts, now in theatres.

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