Elizabeth Olsen Was ‘Apprehensive’ About Following in Sisters’ Famous Footsteps

By: / September 26, 2011

Elizabeth's White Out
Olsen wears all white at a Hollywood luncheon.
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There’s no doubt that good looks run in the Olsen family. Elizabeth Olsen looks flawless on the cover of Nylon magazine’s October 2011 issue pairing a Chanel jacket with a Diesel shirt and ripped denim shorts .

Inside the issue, the 22-year-old Martha Marcy May Marlene actress dishes all about growing up with her celebrity sisters, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen and was she was apprehensive about ever taking a lead role in Hollywood. So who does she consider her biggest role model while growing up?

Her dad!

“I have to attribute the way I have always looked at [work] to my father, because he was a really good influence on us. It was always very important to him that his daughters be financially independent. He wanted us to know that we could take care of ourselves, because he never liked the idea of us needing a man. And witnessing how my sisters can take care of themselves financially was a great model to have. I consider myself lucky to have such a normal family.”


Elizabeth, who has been generating a lot of Oscar buzz for her Martha role, admits she was hesitant about following in her sisters’ footsteps. Seeing the heckling from the media and paparazzi, Elizabeth reveals she decided to start acting in theater first before heading to Hollywood.

“I just always thought that theater was different from being an actor in Hollywood for some reason. It was like this safe place where people aren’t harassed. But I was apprehensive because I saw how brutal people can be when other people put themselves out there.”