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Elizabeth Olsen: 'I have no desire for fame and celebrity'

Published 25/04/2016

Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen has no interest in social media.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen has never dreamed of becoming famous and she finds the whole celebrity culture odd.

The 27-year-old has stepped out of the shadow created by her famous sisters, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley to forge an acting career of her own, with roles in Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a string of indie hits.

But the star admits her decision to pursue her acting dreams didn't come without some doubts.

"I wanted to be an actress, but felt it was such a cliche,” she told the Sunday Times Style magazine. “I thought if I could make it more of a pretentious theatre experience, I could justify it. But celebrity and fame are so odd to me, I just don’t have any desire for that at all.”

Elizabeth got to witness the side effects of fame early on, as her older sisters rose to prominence as children in U.S. TV series Full House and The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, with their younger sibling often visiting them on set after school.

"I saw what they did as a job," she explained. "I never saw it as something special; it was work. That’s meant I have quite a healthy relationship with the industry. They did experience a lot of pressure as kids, but now, with social media, everyone is experiencing that."

Meanwhile, the star is part of a group of modern actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rooney Mara and Shailene Woodley, who don't have a Twitter or Instagram account, and she is more than happy to keep things that way.

"I think that’s another reason why I don’t want to do all that, because I want to be able to just be," she said. "I’d rather disappear into my breakfast nook and read the news and drink coffee than flick through Instagram.”

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