“My parents didn’t know much about the industry, so they just surrounded themselves with people who did,” Olsen says. I love anything that is weird, big and creepy.” Letting it be known that she was in the market for blockbusters, not only independent films, Olsen had two meetings with the Marvel team, then met with Joss Whedon, the Avengers director.
They divorced when Olsen was very young, but she is close to both parents and says that her father often visits her on set. “I didn’t even know what the role was because they’re so mum about everything.” The new film focuses on the superhero Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr, who tries to re-energise a dormant peacekeeping programme.
” • The 21 greatest superhero movies of all time She describes her on-screen character as unusual in the Marvel universe.
“A lot of the characters have a snarky humour, but she’s not that person. She has telekinetic powers and can manipulate objects and minds.
In fact, they stumbled into the industry when a friend’s child’s agent mentioned they were looking for twins to share a role in a new sitcom.What I loved about her is that she feels everything deeply, as if she’s in someone’s head.She doesn’t just understand their thoughts, she goes through their feelings: the ultimate empathy.Petite and pretty, Olsen is instantly recognisable when she arrives, wearing gym clothes – an exercise top, leggings and black trainers – with her blond hair scraped back into a messy ponytail and a chic bag from The Row, one of her sisters’ fashion labels, over her shoulder.Down-to-earth and self-deprecating, she is seen as the most “normal” of the Olsen sisters, apparently unscathed by the media circus that has surrounded her family since Mary-Kate and Ashley made their acting debut, aged only nine months, on the American sitcom Full House.