Doctor Strange 2 interview with Elizabeth Olsen: ‘The magic of the Marvel movie is now lost on me’

Elizabeth Olsen covers her eyes. “I can’t look at the screen. I’m sorry.” The reason for the actress’s dismay is not my face, as you might expect, but hers. It’s midway through our interview, I’ve turned off my laptop’s camera to avoid internet issues, and I’ve left Olsen alone, staring back at herself. She spends the rest of the chatting with her eyes directed modestly to the right. “We had to catch up in person,” she says.

That’s not the behavior you’d expect from a bankable Marvel movie star in Hollywood – and from an acting star. Her siblings are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the stars of Twain films and fashion lines. Younger sister Elizabeth has been acting since she was four, but she didn’t appear in her first movie until she was 21. Rather than go the twins’ route, she vacillated between smaller independent films and blockbuster films, including that of Gareth Edwards. Godzilla (2014) and several Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.

Each role was very different from the last – a spirited drama student in a relaxed comedy liberal arts (2012), narcissistic social media influencer in 2017 parody on Instagram Ingrid goes westA shy rookie FBI agent in a violent murder mystery wind river in the same year.

But she is best known for her character in the Marvel universe. She played the unlucky witch Wanda Maksimov in 2015 Avengers sequel Omar Ultronbefore returning in three more MCU films – Captain America: Civil War; Avengers: Infinity WarAnd Avengers: Endgame. Then Wanda proved to be so popular that she got her own TV show, WandaVision.

In the creative nine-episode space, Olsen has become a Marvel favorite thanks to her ability to seamlessly transition from comedy to emotion with the flick of a stick. She showed this in our conversation as well, discussing sensitive topics, including the media’s treatment of her sisters, while comically interacting with the persistent postman who never stopped knocking on my door. “I’ll see you later!” I screamed after he told me, through my letterbox, that he was leaving my package on the doorstep.

It helped with the Olsen case WandaVisionMarvel’s debut for television was an ambitious project that put the time and interest in a character who had previously been given short-term interests in favor of dominant characters – well, tough guys – Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.

But despite now being a major player at Marvel, the 33-year-old says she has been amazed at her growing popularity “over the past few years”.

“I’ve only signed up for a couple of movies, so it remains a surprise when they want to use me in more projects,” she says, adding, “I’ve been baffled because I’m lucky that they want to make WandaVision. “

Olsen was living in Richmond, Virginia, when the show began in January 2021, during the second closing. It went on to become one of the best-reviewed Marvel projects ever, and the oral hysteria surrounding it saw the series achieve a feat in attracting non-fans as well as die-hard fanatics. Despite this, Olsen says she has “completely distanced herself” from the frenzy this caused, and “isn’t really attached to it emotionally.”

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I don’t like to be in award shows. I tried and I don’t like it

Elizabeth Olsen

Olsen returns as a character in Doctor Strange in a multiverse of madness, which pits her against the supernatural wizard, Benedict Cumberbatch. Despite praising the collaborative filming process, a method favored by director Sam Raimi, Olsen hinted several times in our conversation that she doesn’t really enjoy discussing the project, despite it being the one she’s promoting here.

“I try to ignore it and not talk about it, but that’s what happens,” she says with a gentle smile. “I actually do this thing where I feel very comfortable with it and it doesn’t take up much space in my mind, because it’s safer and I don’t feel vulnerable.”

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However, Olsen’s tactic appears to have less to do with concerns about the quality of the film, but more to do with her modesty. “When we were pushing for WandaVisionI freaked out because it was the very first show from the Marvel universe. There was this utter fear, and now I have that stress attached to it again Dr. Gharib. I just didn’t have as part of that set the movies.” Olsen admits that even extends to viewing the final product. “I’ll see him at the end,” she says.

If those nerves are an annoying trait of someone whose face is currently plastered on posters around the world for a movie that will be one of the highest-grossing films of the year, it’s not showing it. In fact, Olsen has the kind demeanor of someone who is clearly comfortable with the rules she’s set in her life—both privately and professionally—one of which came courtesy of her older sisters: “No” is a perfect sentence.”

This rule made Olsen comfortable turning down some of the things she asked to do. For example, as her fan base has noted, she won’t be capturing Olsen on stage at the Academy Awards or the Emmys anytime soon. “I don’t like applying at award shows. I tried and I don’t like it. Not worth the faint feeling I get, like, every time. It’s not worth it.”

Olsen says that the way she adopted her sisters’ spell has changed over the years, and that when she was younger, she “used it more as a young girl who was always ready for some kind of aggressor or something.” She smiles as if warning herself. “I’ve always been tough like that – maybe to a fault sometimes.” So what does that mean? “I think maybe I could have massaged things a little differently, or maybe I had some nuances. But I think it’s important for a young woman to know, hear, or strengthen herself with it.”

Her twin sisters were all the rage in the ’90s leading their own TV shows and movies, until 2012 when we announced plans to stop acting so they could focus on their modeling career. Olsen, who is three years younger than them, watched how her teenage siblings found themselves in the center of a growing media scrutiny that almost made her stop acting entirely.

‘I can only benefit from their health perspective’: Olsen with sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley


“That was when it was the media that found it offensive to my sisters,” Olsen said. nylon In 2011. “They were following us for shopping and [Mary-Kate and Ashley] I was about to get into car accidents because of the paparazzi, and I didn’t want to be a part of it.”

Fast forward to 2012. While Olsen signed autographs for fans, a photographer asked her, “Why are you so much prettier than your sisters?” In a viral video, Olsen can be heard replying more politely than he deserves: “Because you guys have been bugging them all their lives.” It was this harmful treatment of her sisters – and the impressive way they carried themselves under intense exposure – that has since helped shape her own experience when it comes to dealing with journalism.

I am really in awe of what my sisters have built

Elizabeth Olsen

“I think my sisters are some of the most amazing people to look at, for what they’ve made for themselves and how they act,” says Olsen, a clear sense of pride. “I am really in awe of what they have built, and I think that came from having a healthy perspective on them – and I could just benefit from that healthy perspective. I think it informed how to act.”

But despite all the wise advice her sisters gave, Olsen wasn’t always responsive. “They got a lot of advice for me, but most things, when I was younger, I didn’t ‘because I was like’– Olsen adopts a cartoon voice–“I’ll do it myself! You can’t tell me! And then they were right, and I ended up By doing the thing they asked me to do. But I had to fail first, on my own.”

It certainly didn’t fail now. But still, I wonder what someone in her position feels about the criticism of Marvel’s style in recent years. Most controversially, Martin Scorsese described MCU films as “closer to theme parks” than cinema, while The Godfather Director Francis Ford Coppola described them as “prototypes made over and over to look different.” Olsen says she gets frustrated when “people make them seem like less of an art.”

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“I’m not saying we make independent art films, but I just think they take away from our crew, which annoys me,” she says. “These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers and camera operators – I feel underestimated by the kind of criticism that takes away from all the people who make award-winning films, who also work on these projects.

“From an actor’s point of view, whoever it is, I get it; I totally understand there’s a different kind of performance going on. But I think throwing Marvel under the bus takes away from hundreds of very talented crew members. That’s where I get a little bit concerned about that.”

Regarding the future of her MCU, Olsen is open to the possibilities. “I don’t know how big the plans actually are, but I’m down for anything as long as there’s a good idea attached to it,” she says. This includes a possible second independent series focusing on Wanda. Olsen also says she is “curious” about how the X-Men will be incorporated into future films after Disney’s acquisition of Fox. But for Olsen, the problem isn’t her signature on these projects – it’s making her sit and watch. “Honestly, my Marvel movie magic is lost now, which is too bad,” she says. “I have to get my kicks somewhere else.”

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