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A New Olsen in Town

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
She is enrolled at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, has a clothing line named after her, was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for a coffee table book and her older sisters are pretty well-known, well...across the globe. Taking all of this into consideration, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Olsen certainly has a charmed life.

But just because her big sisters are incredibly successful (and recognizable) does not mean Elizabeth's success is purely through association — she traveled on her own path to stardom. She has been quoted as saying, "If I asked them, they would have [gotten me into the business]. But I wanted to do it without asking for the favor."

And put in the work, she has. In addition to studying acting at Tish, 22-year-old Elizabeth is also a student of New York's Atlantic Theater Company. Her recent surge in popularity stems from her role in the haunting drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, an independent film about a damaged woman struggling to reassimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. The movie received rave reviews at Cannes and Sundance, and is slated for a limited U.S. release at the end of the month.

With no signs of stopping, Elizabeth currently covers the October issue of Nylon magazine, is featured in this month's GQ and has five (!) more films set for release between now and 2013.

It is evident Elizabeth has "it," and I look forward to watching her star grow in the coming years.

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