For the longest time, Elizabeth Olsen was known as the younger sister of twin child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The celeb seemed to be living in the shadows of her older siblings until she was able to make her own mark in Hollywood- and boy has she done well for herself!
Nowadays, Elizabeth is a highly accomplished actress in her own right. She’s arguably even more famous than her older sisters, who have since shied away from the spotlight in favour of more low-key careers in the fashion industry. Lizzie’s breakthrough role came in 2011 when she starred in the thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. The actress went on to be nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress as well as an Independent Spirit Award for the Best Female Lead for her role in the film.
Since then, Elizabeth has snagged tons of other high-profile roles. She’s had parts in Silent House, Liberal Arts, Godzilla, I Saw The Light, and Wind River. Beyond these movies, she’s also become known for her role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the Captain America and Avengers franchises, having played the character in four separate films. Liz has been nominated for several Teen Choice Awards for her portrayal of Scarlet.
It’s clear that Elizabeth’s star power is on the rise, and she may even be more famous than her older sisters. Check out these recent photos of Liz that show how she’s been enjoying her newfound fame and success. Which Olsen sister is your favourite?
20 Looking Lovely In Lace
Elizabeth proved just how steamy she can be when she showed up to a red carpet event in this sultry little number. Her red lace dress featured sheer panels that showed off her petite frame, including some serious leg and cleavage. The actress added to the vibes by keeping her makeup minimal and smoky, and wearing her dark brown hair down. She completed her look with a pair of strappy red sandals that perfectly matched her vintage-inspired dress.
When speaking about her job, Elizabeth has said how she loves being able to play a different character with each new role, adding that make-believe was one of her favourite activities late into childhood.
“I like being able to play make believe as my job. I think I played make-believe growing up a little too long - probably to an inappropriate age,” the celeb has explained.
“I played make-believe until I was, like, 13 and probably should have been doing something else. But other than that, it's fun to be able to have to learn about different people.” Elizabeth may think she was playing make-believe for a bit longer than she should, but it seems like it only helped prepare her for her acting career. Seems like it all worked out to us!
19 A vision in white
Elizabeth was absolutely glowing when she rocked this simple white dress to a red carpet event. The crisp white dress looked fresh and bright against her golden tan. Liz kept the look minimalistic by opting for simple jewelry, including a pair of diamond cluster earrings. She likewise kept her makeup dewy and basic, which featured a golden highlighter and a mauve lipstick. Elizabeth’s bright blonde bob only added to this sophisticated look.
One thing fans will be surprised to know is that Elizabeth isn’t the biggest fan of social media- which is likely why you haven’t seen her documenting any of her killer outfits online.
“What is this land of Instagram, social media? Having a lot of likes and a lot of followers, and getting paid for it?” the celeb once said during an interview. “I kind of found it to be really twisted, but then I started to see how it worked, and see how powerful it was, and how impressionable we all are.”
The actress acknowledges the power of social media, but has admitted she likes to keep her online interactions to a minimum. She tends to utilize it only when necessary to promote her career, like to advertise her new movie roles. It seems like Elizabeth prefers keeping things private as much as she can.
18 Going Sheer For The Night
Elizabeth looked witchy in this dark dress that she wore to a red carpet event. Her frock featured sheer gauze that showed off her petite frame, while the billowy fabric helped to balance the amount of skin the actress show showing. Liz’s smoky makeup complimented the dark vibes of her outfit, while her tousled, wavy hair gave it a care-free twist.
Many fans will be surprised to know that the Avengers actress is still in her 20s, even though her sophistication and classy sense of style often convinces people she’s older than she really is.
“Everyone is always surprised by how old I am. They think I'm older, but it's always been that way,” Elizabeth once mused. “I'm the youngest of four - maybe you grow up quicker because you just watch the big people.”
Even though the celeb may think she looks older than her actual age, we think this has only served her well in her career. There’s no doubt that Liz’s mature, refined look has helped her score some of her biggest roles, and it's to her advantage that she can play characters that are both older and younger than she is. And we have a feeling that her career is only going to go up from here.
17 She Stands Out (From Her Sisters)
When she first broke out onto the scene, Elizabeth had a hard time making a name for herself apart from her famous older sisters. Everyone will recognize her big sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who had an entire empire built on their brand in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. It also doesn’t help that Liz looks scarily similar to her twin sisters. So, it’s safe to say she had a tough time being regarded as a legitimate actress who wasn’t just riding on the coattails of her siblings.
“I was embarrassed that I even wanted to become an actress because coming from L.A., with two older sisters in the business and a mom who had been a ballet dancer, it was such a cliché,” Elizabeth has explained about coming from a family of entertainers.
Her older brother has also dabbled in the arts, alongside her sisters and mother. The celeb added, “I never wanted anyone to think that I would use my family name to get me anywhere.”
Elizabeth has put a lot of time and effort into being known for things apart from her famous family, and we’d say she’s been quite successful in doing so! Honestly, she might be the more famous Olsen at this point.
16 Feeling Fine In Floral
Elizabeth put her enviable figure on display in this tight floral gown. The figure-hugging dress hit her in all the right spots and flaunted her petite hour-glass shape. The bright blue, whites, and greens in the dress were bright and bold, and complimented the actress’ light blonde hair perfectly. Elizabeth’s wide smile was the perfect finishing accessory to this summery look.
For years, fans have been impressed by the star’s slim figure and have been curious to know her secrets for staying in shape. Surprisingly, Elizabeth has admitted that she doesn’t tend to think of herself as skinny, especially in comparison to her two older sisters (who have both famously struggled with eating disorders).
But it doesn’t seem to bother Elizabeth! The star has never been afraid to share her love for food, and admits she doesn’t think it’s the end of the world if she puts on a few pounds. “I get way too much happiness from good food,” she has said. “I would love to date a chef. I'd probably get really fat, but I don't care,” the celeb has also said. We love seeing a celebrity who isn’t afraid to admit that they love chowing down on food!
15 A One-Shoulder Wonder
Elizabeth was absolutely glowing when she showed up at a Hollywood event in this cute asymmetrical dress. The one-shoulder detailing offered a modern twist to the dark, vintage floral print, while the ruched detailing on the side highlighted the actress’ slim, hourglass waist. Elizabeth toned down the otherwise fancy dress with her casual braided hairstyle and smoky, golden makeup. Her classic black stilettos made sure not to compete with the busy dress.
Fans have always marveled at how confident Elizabeth always looks on the red carpet, as is evidenced in this photo by her gorgeous, wide smile. The star says the key to her confidence is making sure she surrounds herself with the right people- those who build her up, rather than tear her down.
“What keeps you confident in a healthy way is knowing that everyone else around you is going to support you and teach you and you're going to learn from them,” she once explained. “I just feel open to learning from people.” Amen!
You’ve definitely got to have a high self-esteem in order to brave the world of Hollywood, and its lucky that Elizabeth seems to have her self-confidence down pat. We love how positive and enthusiastic she always remains!
14 She's A Jeans And T-shirt Sort Of Gal
There’s no denying that Elizabeth sure knows how to dress up for the red carpet! But this pic is proof that she also knows how to dress-down, too! For an interview, the celeb showed up in simple jeans and a t-shirt. In a day and age where most stars obsess over what they’re going to wear for every public appearance, it's nice to see that some are still okay with showing up in a casual pair of jeans. Very relatable!
Despite the casualness of her look, Elizabeth still looked polished and sophisticated as per usual in her comfy outfit. She styled a pair of booties with the look to dress it up a bit more, and wore her golden hair down in loose waves, giving this look an appropriate California-style vibe.
It turns out that Elizabeth has a very casual approach to acting, too. On more than one occasion the celeb has emphasized how working in Hollywood is the norm in her family, and it made the acting world all the more familiar and normal to her. “I just think my family is so normal, but no one wants to accept that. I find my family to be normal because there's an understanding of what every job entails,” she has said. “And it is a job. It's not this fantasy that Hollywood and movies are all glitter and stardust.”
13 Casually Chic In Floral
Given the army of stylists and beauty professionals that work behind-the-scenes to get celebrities ready for premieres and events, red carpet looks aren’t always an indicator that the celeb in question has good style. What is a good clue is how they dress off the red carpet. And we’re glad to say that Elizabeth passes this test!
Not only has the star proven she has great style in front of the camera, but her street style is also on point. During this day, in particular, the star opted for a comfortable yet chic floral t-shirt dress. She kept the look trendy with a pair of brown booties, and handbag, and oversized sunglasses. She kept her hair and makeup low-key to match the casual vibes of her outfit.
In addition to her care-free style, the celeb also has a very relaxed approach to life. Elizabeth is a firm believer that we are in control of our lives, and thus we control what makes us happy and sad. “I believe that you are only in control of so much. So whatever you are not in control of you can't worry about,” she has said. Elizabeth once also added, “If you don't like something, talk about something else that's great and maybe someone else will discover it and think it's great too.” That’s so true!
12 A Classic Silhouette
Elizabeth opted for a classic silhouette when she rocked this grey frock to a red carpet event. The baby doll style of the dress flaunted the celeb’s tiny waist, while the poufy skirt added a bit of curve to her small frame. The pastel pink and white stripes gave the cocktail dress a summery feel, while Liz’s dark eye makeup and locks perfectly contrasted with the femininity of the frock.
As much of a natural as Elizabeth looks posing for the camera, the star has admitted she’s not the most natural when it comes to modeling.
“I've only done one shoot where it's modeling clothes, not like me in my environment,” she once explained. “And the stylist, literally, I had her stand behind the photographer and do poses.”
Similarly, the star has admitted she once never understood why mainstream actors would pose for magazine covers- until she saw the importance of it in promoting upcoming movies. “I never understood why anyone would do magazines. Like, why would someone put their face out there so much?” the actress once explained. “It's because those people reading magazines will go see the movie, so you do it.” It turns out there are parts of their jobs that celebrities hate, too!
11 Every Rose Has Its Thorns
This girl is on fire! Elizabeth looked like she fit perfectly into this red carpet event when she showed up in a stunning black and red cocktail dress – okay, it helps that the background literally matches her outfit to a T.
The primarily black dress featured a conservative neckline and classic shift shape, but it was the asymmetrical hemline that set this frock apart from the crowd. The dress was longer in the back, and the tall front-facing slit showed off the dramatic red fabric lining of the dress. Elizabeth kept the rest of her look classy with a matching red belt, classic black pumps, and a cocktail ring. Her vintage-inspired waves and cherry red lipstick were the icing to this gorgeous red carpet look.
We definitely think Elizabeth was born to be an actress, but it turns out the celeb believed for the longest time that she’d take on a completely different career path. “When I was 14 or 15, I was a really good volleyball player, so I thought, 'Well, maybe I'll just get a scholarship to an Ivy League school through volleyball,'” she once explained. “Then I quit when I decided to focus on theater.” Well we’re sure glad she eventually found her footing in acting!
10 A Case Of Twinception
It's scary how similar Elizabeth looks to her older twin sisters! The girls’ similarity is striking in this side-by-side photo, which shows the actress posing with Mary-Kate and Ashley. Even though the twins have turned from acting into fashion design, it appears that Liz might actually have the best style in the family. Sorry, not sorry!
For years, Mary-Kate and Ashley have been infamously known for their “hobo-chic” fashion sense. In other words, their style is synonymous with wearing oversized, baggy clothing that hides their waifish frames. Just look at the large jackets they were wearing in this photo! Elizabeth, on the other hand, tends to choose items that are more figure-flattering, which is why many fans tend to prefer her style more.
“You want everyone to succeed in your family,” Elizabeth has said in response to rumors that there’s competition between her and her sisters. The celeb insists that it wasn’t her famous older siblings that inspired her to get into acting. Rather, it was an influential teacher. “I had a great drama teacher in high school, and that's when I started to learn about the history of theater,” Liz has explained. Based on the photos, it sure doesn’t seem like there’s any sibling rivalry to worry about here!
9 She's Got A Vintage Sort of Feel
Elizabeth totally nails vintage glam perfectly! The actress looked like she’d been transported from another era when she walked the red carpet in this boudoir-inspired gown. The lace bustier was reminiscent of a pin-up girl, while the silky train kept this look sophisticated and classy. Elizabeth’s loose waves and cherry red lipstick only added to the glamorous vibes she was giving off in this steamy look.
Despite being a bombshell on the red carpet, Liz has admitted that she’s more of a nerd in real life.
“I'm kind of a nerd when it comes to literature and theory, she once said, referring to her time studying theatre in New York. “I wish I could have more of that in life, but I don't because I'm always reading scripts or things to prepare for movies when I'm reading.”
Of her time as an acting student, Elizabeth has reminisced, “[In] NYU, I went to the Atlantic Theater Company, and they have two main points. One of them is to always be active in something instead of just feeling it. And the other is figuring out your character.” Given how impressive Liz’s acting credits are, we’d say that her advice carries a lot of weight. Aspiring actors, take note!
8 Street Style On Point
Here’s another moment where Elizabeth proved she has impeccable street style! The celeb was out and about grabbing a coffee when the paparazzi managed to capture several inconspicuous pictures of her, but of course, she looked perfect AF.
The actress was bundled up in an oversized black jacket. Underneath, she was wearing a pair of basic blue skinny jeans and a black, long-sleeve shirt. She dressed the casual looked up with a pair of trendy mules and a tiny cross body purse. The blonde kept her hair down and loose, adding to the carefree vibes of this look. All in all, Elizabeth managed to look classy and cool without sacrificing her comfort. That’s total fashion goals, if you ask us!
It always seems like Elizabeth is busy with each new project, but the star has been open about the fact that a movie isn’t finished when the actor’s job ends. Actually, there’s a lot of work that goes into a movie before and after the actors are even involved. “Movies are in a much longer production conversation before an actor is even involved,” Elizabeth once explained. “I always thought of actors as the last piece of the puzzle - so you're a tool.”
7 Smiling For The Interview
Elizabeth looked radiant as she flashed a big smile during a televised interview. The actress looked fashionable in a contrasting shirt and skirt combination. The mesh top clashed with the busy print of her skirt, yet the outfit worked when paired altogether.
The star balanced the edginess of her look by styling her blonde locks down and straight and keeping her makeup simple and feminine. They say that the camera always makes people look worse than they do in real life. So if Elizabeth looks this great through the camera, then we don’t want to know how perfect she looks in real life.
Many fans have acknowledged that it must get tiring for celebs to always be happy and bubbly for public appearances. After all, who’s that happy all of the time? Elizabeth says her trick to staying positive is reminding herself that everyone is or has felt the same way at least once in their career. “I think every time you start a job, it's good to remember that everyone's kind of in the same boat, no one knows what they're doing,” she has said. “Everyone thinks that they don't know what they're doing.” At least Elizabeth always makes it look like she knows what she’s doing!
6 Making Menswear Happen
The great thing about Elizabeth’s sense of style is that she loves combining feminine with masculine pieces. Like in this photo, the starlet isn’t afraid to wear an oversized men’s suit to an awards show, and she definitely pulls it off with ease. In this outfit, the celeb wore a slightly baggy blazer with matching high-waisted trousers. She opted for a black crop top to give the look a trendy feel, and which also matched her winged black eyeliner. All in all, Liz makes wearing menswear-inspired outfits look like a piece of cake.
“I like men-inspired outfits,” Elizabeth has said about her style. However, she also warns against trying too hard with your outfit. “I feel it is obvious when someone has thought too much about what they're wearing,” she has said.
She also added, “I've been really interested in how people's physicality can manipulate their emotions, as opposed to emotions manipulating someone's physicality.” If anything is clear, it’s that Elizabeth isn’t afraid to break and bend the rules of fashion- just like her famous older sisters! And just like Mary-Kate and Ashley, it seems like Liz can pull off literally anything she puts on, and we love her for it.
5 Looking Cool in Camel
Elizabeth rocked one of the biggest colours of the season when she stepped out in this head-to-toe camel look. The star bundled up in a gorgeous oversized coat to brave the cold New York autumn weather. Underneath, she kept the camel trend going with a matching sweater and pants, completed by her black bag and strappy heels.
The star has said that one of her favourite things about working in Hollywood is becoming exposed to new people and different ideas, which makes for new sources of fashion inspiration!
“My favorite thing about acting is you have to learn how to work with people that you probably would never try to,” she once said.
The celebrity continued, “Some people just aren't supposed to be in a room together, and you have to be in a room with a group of people who might not all get along and you have to figure out how to come together for one thing.” Elizabeth also added, “That collaboration is special, and people don't get to exercise that. I think that's why people become stubborn, and I think that's why people become uninspired to change. In this job you have to.” Clearly, Elizabeth knows the key to making a career in Hollywood stick if her current accolades are any indicator!
4 She's The Sister To Watch Out For
Once again, Elizabeth proved she’s the most fashionable sister when she posed for a side-by-side shot with Mary-Kate and Ashley. The girls were celebrating Elizabeth’s newest spread for Nylon magazine. Only a few years before, Mary-Kate and Ashley were the high-profile celebs of the family, but clearly, the tables have turned.
The youngest sister opted for a bright floral pencil skirt, and balanced it with a dark top and heels. Elizabeth’s bright lipstick perfectly matched the pink in her skirt. Her sisters looked a bit less dressed up in jeans and jackets. Ashley was styled in a bright red bomber jacket that complimented her heels, while Mary-Kate was fierce in an all-black look featuring a stylish leather jacket.
“The tabloids create their own stories about people's lives that don't exist,” the celeb has said in response to speculation that there’s a rivalry between her and her older sisters.
Elizabeth has also implied that she tries to change the subject whenever confronted with this subject, saying: “If you don't like something, talk about something else that's great and maybe someone else will discover it and think it's great too.” Given how flawlessly the Olsen sisters have been able to navigate drama, we’d say Liz’s advice is pretty solid.
3 Brilliant In Black And White
Elizabeth looked fierce in this trendy black and white outfit. For a red carpet event, the actress showed up in an asymmetrical white tank top that showed off her toned arms. She paired the intricate top with a pair of black skinny jeans so as not to overpower the dramatic shirt. Liz added to the edginess with her deeply parted tousled hairstyle, and a pop of bright red lipstick. How classic!
It always seems like Elizabeth has some place to be, given how many premieres and events she is expected to attend in addition to her hectic filming schedule. Us fans have to wonder how exactly she keeps up such a fast-paced lifestyle without losing her sanity. Her secret? Keeping a close group of friends!
“I don't know about you, but my girlfriends have been my girlfriends forever, and they're my sisters and my family,” the star once said, emphasizing how important her friend circle is for her well-being.
On another occasion, the celeb admitted just how much of a social creature she is. “I'm a very social person and I love being out in the world, and the feeling of not having that is the scariest thing to me,” she explained. Well, being outgoing in an industry like Hollywood has definitely got to work to her advantage!
2 Layer On The Leather
Elizabeth brought out her edgy side in this all black outfit during a casual day out. She paired a square cut jacket with leather leggings, pointed booties, and a basic black t-shirt. Her tousled hairstyle and big frames added to the mysteriousness of this dark look. Liz achieved the ultimate Cool Girl factor in this trendy outfit. We seriously want to know where she shops!
We bet the fact that Elizabeth grew up in a star-studded family helped her develop her distinctive sense of style. Even though she didn’t always know she wanted to be an actress, the star admits to dabbling in theatre and acting at a young age, probably because of the influence of her older sisters.
“My friends and I started making films when I was still in kindergarten,” she said. Liz has also added, “I auditioned equally for film and theater. The difference is that theater has seasons, while film, it's always happening.”
The celeb’s best advice for anyone wanting to break into the industry is to observe and learn from every experience you can – and on a daily basis, too! “I think every day you try to soak up as much as you can to learn and understand things better,” she said.
1 A Dress Fit For A Princess
Elizabeth looked like real-life royalty when she showed up to the red carpet in this stunning dress. The light blue colour perfectly meshed with the silver beading that went up and down the arms of the frock. Liz’s silver earrings tied together the sophisticated look, while her up-do made sure all eyes were on her gorgeous dress.
As beautiful as she always looks while hitting the red carpet, Elizabeth has said on more than one occasion that it’s not as fun as it looks. It can actually be painful if you’re not wearing a good pair of shoes!
“When I'm wearing heels at events, my feet feel like they're sitting in pools of blood,” she once joked, to which most women can definitely relate.
The celeb has also been open about her struggles with body confidence, admitting that she feels like the heavier sister in her family. “I'm the curvy one of the family,” she said at one point. Regardless of any insecurities, Elizabeth may feel, we think she is both absolutely gorgeous and undeniably talented. There’s a reason this celeb has become even more famous than her older sisters, and we can’t wait to see where her booming career takes her next.
Sources: Brainy Quote