The “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” star also talked about why he’s staying away from social media and why he’s drawn to Wanda Maximoff’s character.
Elizabeth Olsen was one of the first actors to be nominated for a major award for their work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for her ongoing performance of Wanda Maximoff.
She was nominated, alongside co-stars Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn, for their work on the inaugural Disney+ MCU series, “WandaVision.” This groundbreaking series is a classic sitcom series with a darker, more complex story hidden beneath — and all brought together by Olsen’s performance.
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Now, the actress can take the story to the next chapter as a starring role alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest MCU feature film, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” now in theaters.
Based on how “WandaVision” ended for her character, Wanda Maximoff, as she turned completely into the Red Witch, fans are now speculating whether Wanda is the hero alongside Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, or the villain she must face.
The complexity in Wanda’s character — clearly taken straight from the pages of Marvel Comics — is a big part of why Olsen is so excited to continue playing the character.
In an extensive interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK ahead of the film’s release, Olsen said that he enjoyed challenging audiences with his role. “I like playing characters whose actions people don’t approve of,” he told the outlet.
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“In a world where we don’t really care about understanding other points of view, I feel if we as viewers can have empathy for people we disagree with, that’s a good thing,” he explained. “Then I can be their lawyer and defend them. I support their actions, even if I don’t agree with them.”
This latest evolution for Wanda is also a refreshing development for Olsen: “It’s really exciting for me because all this time I’ve been playing a character who’s struggling; now, she has clarity for the first time — she knows exactly what she wants, and she don’t want to apologize for that.”
“I think there’s a femininity that comes with that: the power of feeling really entitled,” she adds.
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But the same beliefs that Wanda has now after her experience on “WandaVision” don’t fully carry over to Olsen herself when it comes to her Marvel work. He told Jimmy Fallon this week that he couldn’t bring himself to watch his MCU work at the premiere, even though he attended, for fear it would be their first “failure.”
And while she dazzled, as usual, on the red carpet, Olsen revealed she had a complex relationship with the experience as well. “I like clothes that make me feel confident and strong,” she says of dressing for the event. “It’s like armor.”
The problem was that once he was there, it didn’t seem to give him the confidence he had hoped for. “A bit fussy. I don’t really know how to pose for a photo, so I always stand like a stick person or I kind of move my body through space awkwardly because I don’t know how to make clothes look cool on the red carpet,” she admits.
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She doesn’t complain, because she knows it’s part of her job to appear in public and struggle through her awkwardness – which she obviously does well because she’s always killing on the carpet. In fact, she finds it odd when celebrities complain about the public aspect of their shared profession.
“It’s always weird for an actor to complain about being in the public eye, because that means maybe something is good for you,” he explained. To him, it was a difference in perspective. He says he doesn’t think of himself as a public person, but he lives his life and happens to have this job.
In fact, despite appearing in the public eye, ostensibly, to promote her film, and being part of a highly acclaimed Hollywood family, both Elizabeth and her older sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have mastered the art of being big Hollywood. celebrities who keep their lives as comfortable as possible.
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Olsen explained that he was very selective about where he went, even at the cost of his career, saying that if he didn’t feel comfortable in the situation, he didn’t go there. It was the same attitude he took to social media, which he ultimately rejected.
“I thought, ‘What do I want to say? What do I want to share?’ You have this influence, and there is financial power in that kind of influence,” Olsen said. “It doesn’t make me feel great.”
Instead, he focuses his platform on influencing positive change, and in particular with two of his favorite charities, The Latitude Project, for the Nicaraguan community, and Stuart House in LA, for victims of underage sexual assault.