Elizabeth Chase Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress and singer. She breakthrough came in 2011 when she starred in the independent thriller drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, among other awards. She subsequently starred in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Oldboy (2013), Godzilla (2014), I Saw the Light (2015), Ingrid Goes West (2017) and Wind River (2017). She is also the younger sister of twin actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
She achieved global recognition when she appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, with her first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) in the end credit scene, then a lead in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). She will starring 2021 film Twice Take The Chase, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Olsen was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to Jarnette "Jarnie", a personal manager, and David "Dave" Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker. She is the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became noted at an early age as TV and film stars. Olsen also has an older brother, Trent, and two younger half-siblings. In 1996, her parents divorced. The Olsens have Norwegian and English ancestry.
As a child, Olsen received ballet and singing lessons. She began acting at a young age, with appearances in her sisters' films. Before the age of 11, Olsen had small roles in How the West Was Fun and the straight-to-video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley. Having appeared in her sisters' videos, when she was in the fourth grade, Olsen began to go on auditions for other projects. She attended Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California, from kindergarten through grade 12.
After graduation, she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009, Olsen spent a semester studying in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theatre School through the MATS program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Olsen began acting when she was four years old and co-starred in six of Mary-Kate and Ashley's productions; she also auditioned for the film Spy Kids. She almost quit acting in 2004 due to the media frenzy surrounding Mary-Kate's eating disorder. Olsen's breakout role came in 2011, in the film Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film, along with Olsen's performance, received critical acclaim. Olsen was nominated for and won numerous critics awards for her portrayal of the titular character Martha, a girl suffering from delusions and paranoia after fleeing her life in a cult and returning to her family. She next appeared in the horror film remake Silent House, in which she played the role of Sarah. The film received mixed reviews, but Olsen's performance was praised. Olsen also appeared in the music video "The Queen" by Carlotta. Olsen filmed the movie Red Lights in mid-2011, and it was released in the U.S. on July 13, 2012. She starred in Josh Radnor's film Liberal Arts, which was released on January 22, 2012. She and Dakota Fanning starred in Very Good Girls, a 2013 release.
In January 2013, Olsen was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. She co-starred in the 2013 American remake of the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy; she played Marie, a young social worker who developed a relationship with the protagonist, played by Josh Brolin. She played Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife and the author of the Beat Generation memoir You'll Be Okay, in Kill Your Darlings. Also in 2013, she portrayed the leading role in In Secret, an adaptation of émile Zola's 1867 classic novel Thérèse Raquin.
In 2014, Olsen starred in Legendary's reboot Godzilla, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Olsen joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the character of Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the 2015 sequel to The Avengers. She first appeared as the character in a mid-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, alongside her Godzilla co-star Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed her brotherQuicksilver. She reprised the role in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War and the 2018 sequel Avengers: Infinity War.
Olsen portrayed Audrey Williams, Hank Williams's wife, manager, and duet partner in the 2015 biopic film I Saw the Light directed by Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams.
Olsen starred alongside her Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Jeremy Renner in Taylor Sheridan's directorial feature film debut, Wind River. Later that year she starred in Matt Spicer's Ingrid Goes West opposite Aubrey Plaza. Both films were released in August 2017.
In late 2018, Disney confirmed a Marvel television series starring Olsen and Paul Bettany would be aired on their upcoming Disney+ streaming service; the title of the show, WandaVision, was confirmed in April 2019.
In 17th May 2019, Olsen to join play as Fineny in Fast And Furious Nine.
Olsen attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Atlantic Theater Company and graduated in March 2013 after six years of intermittent study. Her sisters' clothing line "Elizabeth and James" was named after her and her older brother.
Olsen and Boyd Holbrook became engaged in March 2014, but later ended their engagement in January 2015.
|2011||Martha Marcy May Marlene||Martha|
|Peace, Love & Misunderstanding||Zoe|
|2012||Red Lights||Sally Owen|
|2013||Kill Your Darlings||Edie Parker|
|Very Good Girls||Gerry|
|In Secret||Thérèse Raquin|
|Oldboy||Marie Sebastian / Mia Doucett|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch||Uncredited cameo|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch|
|I Saw the Light||Audrey Williams|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch|
|2017||Ingrid Goes West||Taylor Sloane|
|Wind River||Jane Banner|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch|
|2020||Fast And Furious Nine||Fenenian "Fineny" Gesan|
|1994||How the West Was Fun||Girl in car||Television film|
|2016||Drunk History||Norma Kopp||Episode: "Siblings"|
|2017||HarmonQuest||Stirrip||Episode: "The Keystone Obelisk"|
|2018–present||Sorry for Your Loss||Leigh Shaw-Gibbs||Also executive producer|
|2021||WandaVision||Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch||Disney+ exclusive; pre-production|
|1993||Our First Video||Herself|
|Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special||Herself|
|1994–1996||The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley||Herself||4 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Martha Marcy May Marlene||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Breakthrough Performance||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Most Promising Performer||Won|
|Florida Film Critics Circle||Pauline Kael Breakout Award||Won|
|Ghent International Film Festival||Special Mention||Won|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||New Generation Award||Won|
|Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Actress||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Best Breakthrough Actress||Nominated|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Best Ensemble Performance||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Actress||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Toronto Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Herself||British Academy Film Awards||BAFTA Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|Silent House||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Leading Actress||Won|
|2014||Godzilla||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Breakout Star||Nominated|
|2015||I Saw the Light||Deauville American Film Festival||Hollywood Rising Star Award||Won|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Breakout Star||Nominated|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Chemistry|
shared with Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan,Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Fight|
shared with Danai Gurira, Scarlett Johansson, and Carrie Coon
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Movie Actress||Nominated|