Ten interesting things about Elizabeth Olsen

Things you didn't know about our Sept issue coverstar and youngest Olsen actress, Lizzie O

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AN EDUCATION

Elizabeth attended Campbell Hall School, an arts-focused private school in Studio City, before signing on as a major in theatre at NYC's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Elizabeth Olsen has seriously sharpened her acting chops. Olsen also had a spell at Moscow Art Theatre school. "I was raised with the idea that being a student was my first job in a way," she says to SF Gate. "Then I realized how fortunate I was to have a good education."

CAMEO QUEEN

Easy to miss, but on a third look (because that's how many times we've watched the early Olsen films), you might catch her making a sneaky cameo in several of her older sisters' films, such as Our First Video (1993). "When my brother and I would get picked up from school, that was our after-school care," Olsen tells SF Gate. "To me, it was never acting...It was silly and fun."

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BYE BYE BALLET

Elizabeth's mother was a former ballet dancer, which perhaps served as the inspiration for Olsen's pirouette craving. Eventually, auditions got in the way and after being put on attendance watch, she reasoned with her father and they decided that giving ballet a break was in her best interest.

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I SPY A REJECTION

Olsen got a call back for a role in Spy Kids (2001). While it's not clear whether they said no or she said no, Olsen reportedly refused to read the Spy Kids script for her very first audition because "it was too big, and I had schoolwork." Either way, can you imagine her as Carmen Cortez?

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OBSESSED WITH SEXUALITY

Not averse to nude scenes as proven in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Lizzie is very open about her fascination with sexuality, revealing in Dazed's september issue that "women's sexuality is something that I am obsessed with and I love stories that touch on it."

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HUMBLE AS PIE

Lizzie used to hate the camera and her nervousness around her family backgroun almost put her off acting entirely. In 2004, the press that hounded the Olsens as a result of Mary-Kate's anorexia scandal almost pushed her to quit all over again.

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OUTSPOKEN INTELLIGENCE

It's rare and refreshing for a young American actress to be so frank about her religious beliefs when offending the right-wing masses could be a potential career killer. In our September issue, Lizzie tells us she announced her atheism to her parents at 13 and wanted no part of religion if it was "something that should determine women's freedoms".

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WOODY TOPS THE LIST

Lizzie is desperate to star in a Woody Allen film. "He's so amazing," Olsen tells EW, adding she'd also "love to work with P.T. and Wes Anderson. Oh, and Charlie Kaufman." In Dazed's September issue she also tells us she's a huge Robert Downey Jr. fan: "If he was a part of a project and I could be in any scene with him, I would do it hands down."

OCTOPUS TALES

Lizzie takes the lead in Spike Lee's remake of horror classic Oldboy and fills us in on the most disturbing Korean copycat trend that has followed the film's disturbing content around. "Men would try and swallow octopuses. One even died after it got stuck inside his oesophagus."

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LAGERFELD'S FAV

If you're going to be late for your NY Times interview, it better be because you're shooting with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld. Lizzie's coffee table book shoot with him overran as she modeled an oversize Chanel tweed jacket for him. "I didn't get to keep it," she told NY Times, laughing as she pointed at her own nondescript sweater and T-shirt.

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