Elizabeth Olsen Admits She Was 'Very Aware' of the Weight of the Olsen Name When She First Began Acting

“Nepotism is a thing and I’m very aware of it,” Elizabeth Olsen said

The Olsen sisters. Photo: Donato Sardella/Getty

Elizabeth Olsen couldn't escape the weight of her twin sisters' names but she did find a way to carve out her own path.

The 32-year-old WandaVision actress graces the second digital cover for Grazia USA's New York Fashion Week's issue where she spoke about living under the shadow of her famous sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley.

"Nepotism is a thing and I'm very aware of it," Elizabeth said of being conscious of her sisters' fame and influence when she first started auditioning in Hollywood.

The actress added, "And of course, I've always wanted to do it alone."

While Elizabeth eventually did forge her own career with starring roles in The Avengers and the Disney+ series WandaVision, she admitted to always loving her older sisters' style.

In January, the actress said she always wanted the same clothes as her sisters.

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"Everything my sisters have ever worn in my entire life I have wanted to wear still as an adult today. I want their coats. I want their shoes. I want their dresses," she admitted. "And that is something that I never grew out of."

The actress explained that she would constantly visit secondhand stores to try and find similar clothes to her sisters, both 34.

"And so during that time, I myself was just going through every secondhand store and wearing all of, all of the things, except mine became more like Annie Hall-y," she said during an interview on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show.

Still, Elizabeth said there were many things that made her feel unique from her sisters, for example, her love for theater.

"My sisters didn't love being on like live theater. They didn't love live audiences. They were pretty shy and it made them nervous," she explained.

"I was the one that was like made everyone come to see me perform a musical that we made within two weeks and they had to see three of them every summer," Elizabeth continued. "They have to go to every dance performance...it was always unique to me that I loved theater and dancing and singing."

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