I read yesterday’s Sharon Waxman/Wrap story about Elizabeth Olsen being the big breakout star of Sundance 2011 just as I was heading to a sit-down dinner for Olsen and Martha Marcy May Marlene, her first starring role for which she’s drawn high praise. In fact, I showed the story to Olsen on my iPhone during our chat.
The younger sister of the infamous Olsen twins, Elizabeth (and not “Lizzie,” as some are calling her in stories) is obviously bright, sharp, focused. Okay, and fairly beautiful. She’s 22, but her voice conveys the savvy of someone a good ten years older. Olsen is also the star of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau‘s Silent House, the Rope-like horror film that’s also playing at Sundance.
I also spoke with Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s director Sean Durkin, executive producer Ted Hope, and producers Josh Mond and Antonio Campo.
Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin.
MMMM producer Antonio Campo (l.), Durkin (c.), producer Josh Mond (r.).