Elizabeth Olsen adores her famous big sisters, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
“I just think they’re brilliant women,” she tells ES Magazine. Olsen, 28, may be making a name for herself in Hollywood with roles in critical hits like “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and big budget blockbusters “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and “Godzilla” but she still looks up to her showbiz siblings who built their own empire in the world of acting and fashion. The actress, who made her acting debut in one of her sisters’ movies, “How The West Was Fun”, back in 1994, recently brought sister Ashley to the premiere of her latest film, “Wind River”.
“I just had dinner with Ashley when the premiere was happening. She was very sweet to come with me to the after-party,” she says, telling the magazine she has learned a lot from the fashionable twins who turned their passion for art into a business. She says the twins are always commenting while shopping, “‘I like this. I like this world. I like art, I like architecture, I like photography, I like fashion,'” and they’ve made it into a company… I’ll go visit them at the office and sit in a meeting if I’m in and out of town. They’ll be talking about piping or buttons [and] they have taught me about art.”
While the 31-year-old twins are on the forefront of fashion, Olsen admits it makes her uncomfortable and sometimes insecure.
“It’s not my comfort zone,” she reveals. “I went to a Dior show and ended up getting to wear a look to the premiere in New York. I felt great that night just because I felt like I was in something that I love. Sometimes when I’m not in something that I love I cry on the way to the premiere and I’m posing with my shoulders as far back as they go. Then I look at the photos and I’m like, ‘It did look nice. Why was I crying?'”
But it’s not just fashion Olsen is worried about. The actress tells the magazine she is concerned about the political situation in the U.S. but is feeling hopeful about her fellow citizens taking up causes close to their hearts.
“It’s horrible to think how the rest of the world is viewing the United States right now. You don’t really know how to fix it as an individual because you can’t,” she says. “What is cool about what’s happening right now, however, is that while people have always talked about causes that they are interested in, now they are actually actively a part of them.”
If she ever decides to leave the current turmoil of the U.S. behind, Olsen already knows exactly where in the world she would like to end up.
“If I could live in any city, I would want to live in London,” she says. The actress spent time there while promoting “Avengers”, hanging out with co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and exploring the city on foot. “People from London thought I was insane walking from Primrose Hill to Shoreditch along the canal. I ended up having to stop and get blister pads.”
The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine, out Aug. 24.