the olsens' little secret

The Olsen Sisters
The Olsen Sisters
Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) and and Mary-Kate Olsen. Following in the footsteps of Mary-Kate and Ashley, Lizzie made her debut when she was 4. She has since starred in three movies, to be released in 2011 and 2012. | Mary-kate Olsen, Elizabeth Olsen, Ashley Olsen,

Indie actress Elizabeth Olsen comes into her own in 2011

No longer just half a namesake for her big sisters' fashion line Elizabeth and James, Elizabeth Olsen is carving quite a niche for herself as the ingenue to watch in 2012. Bursting onto the independent film scene just last year with her critically acclaimed leading role in Fox Searchlight's Martha Marcy May Marlene, Mary-Kate and Ashley's twenty-two-year-old little sis is climbing quite successfully out of the looming, albeit pint-sized, twin shadows overhead. Elizabeth not only beat out Meryl Streep for Best Actress at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards this week, she also won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer, the Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Actress, and the Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Breakout Performance for her portrayal of Martha. Elizabeth is also nominated for Best Female Lead for the Spirit Awards in February and is the cause of near-deafening Oscar buzz. How has the Olsen family been holding out on us with their most prized possession for so long?

Don't get me wrong. I still love me some MK&A. When I received a copy of Influence for Christmas years ago, I tore open that wrapping paper so hard once I knew what it was that I nearly ripped the dust jacket along with it. And I wholeheartedly agree with Vogue's decision to give the coveted cover of this year's Best Dressed issue to these impossibly stylish fashionistas slash business moguls. Still, seeing baby Lizzie come into her own as such a talented actress is quite invigorating and deserves extra props considering the footsteps she's expected to follow. "I've always had a complex about being taken seriously. I never wanted anyone to think that I would use my family name to get me anywhere," Elizabeth told The Huffington Post. Taking on challenging and unconventional roles from the start, Elizabeth is definitely making good on her word.

She also stars in what's being touted as an unprecedented single-take film called Silent House (watch the eerie trailer here), which hits theaters March 9, 2012. A remake of a Spanish thriller, directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's horror flick supposedly uses a single 88-minute-long take to shoot the entire movie at one go. Whether that's entirely true or not, it's quite an endeavor for an up-and-comer to take on. If she got the part, she must have the requisite acting chops, and more importantly, she's not afraid to use them. After all, as fabulous as she looks in Chanel, Elizabeth doesn't seem to be scrambling to keep up with her impeccably dressed and intrinsically fashionable older sisters. She's already graced the cover of Nylon's It Girl issue and has been photographed gorgeously by heavy-hitters such as GQ and W. Nonetheless, she is a thespian first and foremost. "For me, it's just more about character and script, and I really like movies that take risks," she explained on Live! With Kelly. And when these risks pay off in award-winning ways, as they are sure to do this year, we'll know just where Elizabeth gets her striking red carpet style.

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