See what the Avengers star has to say in her new interview with The Edit

By Brittany Talarico
Updated April 23, 2015 10:01 PM
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At 26, Elizabeth Olsen has a very impressive acting résumé. And her dedication to a successful career is something she learned from her older sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Elizabeth opens up to Net-A-Porter’s digital magazine, The Edit, about admiring her siblings, gaining the confidence to film nude scenes and the best advice she’s ever received from her “honorary grandmother” Jane Fonda. (NBD.)


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“My sisters are the most inspiring women to me because of the way they lead their lives,” Elizabeth, who has been busy promoting her new film The Avengers: Age of Ultron, shares in the interview. “They’re insanely diligent and they taught me that you can do whatever you want if it’s your passion and you work hard at it.” (We wonder if she’ll try to convince them to sign on to the Full House spin-off?)

As for her acting inspirations, Elizabeth explains that leading women like Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett have encouraged her to go for risky roles. In particular, roles that involve taking off her clothes.

“I remember watching Holy Smoke and thinking that it was so reassuring to see a young Kate doing something that was so bold in so many ways. I thought to myself, ‘OK, so it doesn’t destroy your career if you appear nude or take risks,’ because not everyone in my family and group of friends thought it was the best idea to be naked in a movie,” she explains. “There are actresses, young and old, who have decided never to do that and they become those examples people talk to you about . . . [But] there are times when I like to do it. You want that voyeuristic quality, but I never feel I have to be nude — and you won’t ever see me in a beauty shot in a bikini on a beach. That’s a character I will never play.”


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And when it comes to overall life advice, Olsen gushes about 77-year-old actress Jane Fonda, who has always been a sounding board for the young star — and a source of constant entertainment.

“The best thing about Jane is that she speaks in anecdotes,” she says. “The stories she tells about being in the South of France, jumping off cliff tops into the water with Greta Garbo, are beyond anything you can imagine. She’s aware of how special those stories are and she wants to share them with people. Also, she has this great thing where she thinks of life in three acts: first 30, second 30 and third 30. She insists you can change who you are at any point, so that you never stop improving and evolving. That’s what I gleaned most from her.”

Does anyone else want to enlist Jane Fonda as a life coach? What do you think of the Elizabeth’s well-rounded view on her career? Sound off below.

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–Brittany Talarico