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.

Early life

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.

Personal life

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.



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
Silent House Sarah
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Zoe
2012 Red Lights Sally Owen
Liberal Arts Zibby
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
Godzilla Elle Brody
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
Kodachrome Zoe Kern
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2019 Avengers: Endgame
2020 Fast And Furious Nine Fenenian "Fineny" Gesan


Year Title Role Notes
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

Video shorts

Year Title Role Notes
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

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
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
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