Sundance Report: The Newbies

As the film festival entered its second week, WWD took stock of the freshest, and most buzzed about, faces in Park City, Utah, this year.

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Elizabeth Olsen

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WWDStyle issue 01/25/2011

As the Sundance Film Festival entered its second week of high-altitude schmoozing and selling, WWD took stock of the freshest, and most buzzed about, faces in Park City, Utah, this year.

The New Maggie Gyllenhaal
Elizabeth Olsen

Until this year’s festival, Olsen, who goes by Lizzie, was best known as the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, but last week she received raves for her performance as a cult escapee in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” The 22-year-old NYU Tisch School of the Arts grad also starred in the horror movie “Silent House” at the festival, and her next film to hit theaters is “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” with Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener. (She shot all three movies between May and November of last year.) In March, she begins shooting “Red Lights” with Ryan Reynolds, Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. “I am going to pee in my pants when I meet Sigourney Weaver,” Olsen says. Her “Martha” co-star Sarah Paulson says, “A lot of other actors her age would go, ‘My sisters are famous. I’m just going to go get an agent.’ But she did it the right way and went to school for acting.” Olsen still does depend on her sisters for clothes, sporting The Row samples in Park City, along with their line Elizabeth and James — which they named after her and her brother — as well as secondhand finds.

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