Five Favorite Films with Elizabeth Olsen
The rising star of this week's Silent House also talks about the rigors of the shoot, and the pressure of following up her acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Considering she's the little sister of two of pop culture's most famous siblings, Elizabeth Olsen came out of relatively nowhere to wow critics and audiences with her eerie performance in last year's cult thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. Some observers even had her pegged for a possible Best Actress Oscar nomination. She was robbed; but we digress.
In this week's horror release Silent House, Olsen again gets to flex her talent for freaking the hell out, only this time with more of the shocks, splatter and lurid psychology favored by the genre crowd. As Sara, a mysterious young woman trapped and fighting for her life in a dilapidated old property, Olsen has the difficult task of carrying the movie -- made to resemble one queasy long take -- from off-kilter beginnings to its shrieking, full-blown conclusion.
We sat down with a much calmer Olsen recently to talk about shooting the film and the pressure of following up the acclaimed Martha; but first, she took a moment to run through her five favorite films.
Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood; 1939; 95% Tomatometer)
Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977; 98% Tomatometer)
Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979; 98% Tomatometer)
Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953; 98% Tomatometer)
Pal Joey (George Sidney, 1957; 75% Tomatometer)
Next, Olsen on this week's Silent House, the pressure of following up Martha Marcy May Marlene, and diversifying her roles.