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Hollywood's newest Olsen makes Sundance debut

Hollywood's newest Olsen makes Sundance debut

January 23rd, 2011 by ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press in News

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - The younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is breaking into showbiz with two buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival.

Elizabeth Olsen, 21, stars in "Silent House," directed by the filmmakers who made the 2004 indy hit "Open Water." When it debuted at Sundance, it was sold to Lionsgate for more than $2 million.

Based on a film from Uruguay called "La Casa Muda," "Silent House" is one continuous take as Olsen's character begins to suspect her summer house may be haunted. Olsen compares shooting the film to theater, which she started doing as a child.

"When I was auditioning, I was like, 'Just so you know I'm used to the medium of theater, so like I can stand on my feet for this long," she laughs.

Olsen's other film at Sundance is "Martha Macy May Marlene," where she plays a young women trying to readjust to life after escaping from a cult.

"It's hard for independent films they want to get money," said Olsen. "And to have a lead be an unknown - it's kind of a risk for people to take - and so the fact that they took that risk was like made my year, my life, I don't know! It was really exciting."

The actress may be enthusiastic about her career but turns serious when it comes to the idea of being a tabloid target like her big sisters, chased constantly by paparazzi.

"When I would go shopping with my sisters when I was younger, it would be dangerous. People would almost get us into car accidents. I just think it's crazy in general but I want to be an actor - and I have since I was a little girl - and if that happens, then you figure out how to deal with it where it doesn't completely infringe upon your life," said Olsen. "I haven't experienced that personally yet. Hopefully I don't have to but I think it's a really weird part of this business."