Elizabeth Olsen: Hollywood Depicts Young Women Wrong

Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who has been coined the “breakout star” of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival after appearing in both Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene, recently told the L.A. Times in an interview that she is frustrated with the way young woman are depicted in Hollywood films. “A lot of times with female relationships and young women [in the movies], it’s either ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ or catty b–,” Olsen explained. “I just have a problem with that. They’re supposed to be either as perfect as how they’re portrayed on Disney or as mean as they’re portrayed in high school movies. And in real life it’s neither of those.”

How does the twenty-one year old New York University student plan to remedy the situation?  Olsen is adding a new project to her already outstanding line-up of critically acclaimed flicks. The younger sister of acting duo Ashley and Mary-Kate is now attached to star in Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls. Olsen, who will appear alongside Dakota Fanning in the film, describes the movie as “a very real story of two best friends, about a real and very raw relationship, and the healthy way that young women interact with each other.” 

When the mention of an early log line was brought up surrounding “the two lead characters each seeking to lose her virginity,” Olsen simply adds “that happens in the movie, and that’s fine for a log line, but that’s not really what it’s about.”

Although the dramatic movie may be dealing with some financial glitches right now, Olsen plans to be on the set of Very Good Girls, kicking off filming this fall, all while juggling her college career. In the meantime, the actress’ latest role in the cult movie Martha Marcy May Marlene is due in theaters on October 21st of this year.

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