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Martha Marcy May Marlene (Elizabeth
Olsen) and sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson).
they are unknown prior. I just never thought
twice about what that could do for my career.”
When she received the script, Olsen’s
career was slowly beginning to take off.
“[Martha Marcy May Marlene] was just one
script out of like six or so that I would read a
week,” she explains. “It was such an original
idea. It was cleverly written. The story was
told in a unique way.”
The film opens with Martha escaping
from a camp and making her way to her sis-
ter’s country home. Flashbacks give pieces of
information about the experience she left
behind, with an increasing sense of dread.
Some scenes of the cult’s abuses are vivid and
intense and include nudity.
“I always understood that as an actor
your tool is your body,” Olsen says. “Obviously
you don’t objectify yourself, but it’s just part
of human life, and if it helps to tell the story
better …” She laughs, and adds, “It was a little
awkward when my dad asked me if he could
visit the set and I said, ‘Uh, no, Dad, I don’t
want you to visit this one.’” When she took
him to a film festival screening of the movie,
she would nudge him when it was time to
close his eyes. “He’s seen the movie three
times now,” she chuckles, “and he always
knows when to close his eyes.”
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a thinking
person’s movie. Olsen says it “challenges the
viewer to be an active viewer and have to pay
attention and also create their own ideas of
What’s happening is Elizabeth Olsen is
becoming a star, and she appreciates her good
fortune. “I feel incredibly lucky in the fact
that the film ended up being seen by a lot of
people,” she says. “I’m nominated with
actresses who I would never put myself in the
same category as. I’m just baffled, and thank-
ful, and excited.”
And, she is quick to point out, “I’m noth-
ing like Martha.” C
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Martha Marcy May Marlene will be available
in warehouses toward the end of the month.
Also available are Hugo and Puss in Boots.