Elizabeth Olsen has already considered changing her famous last name.
On Wednesday April 13, British Glamor posted an interview with the WandaVision star, who spoke candidly about growing up in the spotlight.
Elizabeth recalled that she first became curious to audition for acting roles at the age of ten. However, she “realized very quickly” that she didn’t like to miss the practices and games for her various sports teams, her dance lessons and her school activities.
She also shared that she was not comfortable wearing the “Olsen” coat, her last name which had by then become widely recognized thanks to her famous older sisters.
“During that time I thought, ‘I don’t want to be associated with [Mary-Kate and Ashley]”, For some reason,” she admitted. “I guess I understood what nepotism was like as a ten year old kid. I don’t know if I knew the word, but there is a kind of association with not winning something that I think bothered me at a very young age. It had to do with my own insecurities, but I was 10 years old. “
Elizabeth revealed that at one point she planned to change her name to “Elizabeth Chase” when the time came to continue playing, but she ended up sticking to her inherited last name.
As for her star little sisters, Elizabeth revealed the important piece of advice Mary-Kate and Ashley once gave her: “No, that’s a full sentence.” Elizabeth carried this wisdom with her in her personal and professional life.
“The word ‘no’ was specifically something that I remember my sisters had isolated and it was getting really empowering,” she said. “And for women, that’s a really empowering word. People say, “Just say no to drugs”, but really, you can just say no whenever you want! It really is a powerful thing. “
When it comes to work, Elizabeth is now able to confidently say ‘no’ to any situation that makes her uncomfortable: “We don’t have to follow suit if it’s not right. We have to listen to our instincts. There was a time when women were in competition with each other and now we are at a time when women hold each other. “