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Throughout the first season of Facebook Watch’s “Sorry For Your Loss,” the series returns again and again to the same shot. It locks onto the face of lead actress Elizabeth Olsen, allowing her face to express what words could not. As Olsen’s preternaturally wide eyes peer beseechingly into the lens, the audience is invited to gaze directly into the face of grief. In the process, some find solace for their own pain, and they, too, feel seen.
The 10 episode, half-hour drama features a transcendent Olsen as Leigh Shaw, a young widow trying to find her footing in the months after her husband’s death. Shaw is surrounded by family who are bending over backwards to try to make space for her immense grief, while also finding ways to mourn the loss themselves, making for a searing examination of both the mundanity and tragedy of death.
For Olsen, the journey began long before Facebook Watch was even a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg’s eye, when she came across the script written by playwright Kit Steinkellner and found the words registering directly on her wavelength.
“I had just gone through a transition in my personal life, not a death but a loss,” Olsen said to IndieWire in an interview. “I felt broken at the time, but the funny thing is that the loss became so irrelevant by the time we started shooting that it was no longer my connection to the script.”
Given the three years over which the series was developed, with Olsen signed on not only to star, but also serve as an executive producer, her understanding and internalization of the material began to evolve. She read articles, she read and reread Joan Didion’s memoir of loss “The Year of Magical Thinking.” And then things changed.
“When the time came to cast, I wanted to be the reader for the callbacks,” Olsen recounted. “It was really funny, it was one of those things where it’s just, ‘Wow, I’ve been reading this pilot for such a long time, and I’ve never been able to say it out loud.’”
“And I just dropped into her, because of all of the years with the script and developing story and pitching and talking about these characters. All of that led to a lot of simple connections that allow you to make impulsive [character] decisions day-to-day,” she said.
Olsen wasn’t the only one who felt as though she’d dialed into the character’s DNA. After meeting Olsen for the first time, Steinkellner found herself believing in something otherworldly. “I didn’t have an actress in mind when I wrote this part,” Steinkellner told IndieWire. “I know it’s going to sound a little ‘woo-woo’ but I just felt like I was channeling this person. She just came to me fully formed. It was just this human.”
“But when I met [Olsen] and we sat down on the same couch and talked, pretty early on I had this crazy feeling in my gut,” she continued. “I was like, ‘Oh God, I wrote this part for you without even realizing I was writing this part for you.’ I don’t like really believe in magic, but maybe I believe in it a little tiny bit and the part of me that believes in it was all lit up inside when I met her.”
What’s for you will not pass you, according to a lot of quote cards on Pinerest, and the role of Daenerys Targaryen was apparently not for Elizabeth Olsen. At Vulture’s Emmy studio this week, Olsen told us about one of her early auditions, which happened to be for a certain HBO fantasy about ten years ago. “When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that,” she said. “It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.” Olsen says she auditioned with a monologue from the end of the first season: “[From] after she just burned. And she’s making this speech to thousands of people about how she’s their queen. They didn’t know if they wanted a British accent or not. So, you did it in both. It was terrible. Anytime someone says, ‘Bad audition story.’ That’s one I remember.”
Now, though, Olsen is as Thrones-obsessed as the rest of us. “I’m just so deep in Game of Thrones that all I can think about is Kit Harington,” she said. “I mean, he’s just brainwashed me.” Welcome to the club!
Elizabeth Olsen has been exposed to the Hollywood scene since she was a child. She is the little sister of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, after all.
Now with a thriving career of her own — she is in the latest Marvel movie, “Avengers: Endgame,” out April 26, as Wanda Maximoff (a.k.a., the Scarlet Witch), and has a TV series for fall called “WandaVision” — Ms. Olsen, 30, is taking it all in stride with a rigorous fitness and skin-care regimen. It doesn’t hurt that she is the latest ambassador for Bobbi Brown makeup.
You won’t find her scouring Instagram for her beauty looks, though. She relies on word of mouth and advice from her sisters and friends, and she’s game to try all sorts of products. Just look in her fridge and you may find … yes, placenta serum.
Lately I’ve been having some weird chin issue. I’m not sure if it’s a rash or a breakout or something else. It’s been around for two months, so this morning I did something different. I used the micellaire water from Biologique Recherche, and then the P50 exfoliant.
Then I went to my refrigerator, where I have the placenta serum from the line, and put that on, thinking it would heal my chin. It’s one of those water-based serums, and it absorbs immediately. It sounds crazy, but Biologique Recherche works.
I learned about it when I was working on the TV show “Sorry for Your Loss,” and I didn’t want my character to wear makeup. It just didn’t make sense to me. A friend told me about Yonat Zilberg, a facialist in the Valley, and she uses Biologique Recherche. She completely changed my skin. I find it hilarious now when a friend will ask in a whisper voice, “Did you try a little Botox?” No, I have a very expressive face. But I use P50!
I have dry spots. My nose is dry, and my chin, with the weird skin thing going on, is drier than usual. So it’s about layering serums and moisturizers. I’ve been putting on Augustinus Bader cream before we do makeup.
Then I do Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF. I really hate the way the bottle looks. It’s not sexy. I want my products to look sexy in my bathroom. Supergoop clearly doesn’t, but it leaves such a nice finish on my skin.
At night, I use the Bobbi Brown Face Base. It’s supposed to go under makeup, but I feel it’s a nice moisturizer for night. I’m sure that’s wrong. If I added it to what I do during the day, it would seem like an extra step.
I like to give my skin a break when I’m not working. But if I want to pull myself together, I do a layer of foundation. I’ve been mixing Bobbi BrownSkin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation in Beige 3 and Sand 2. I feel that those two colors together make the best color to even out my skin.
I do two different shades of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick highlighter. One is a little more bronze, which I use as a contour, and the other is a white-peachy one that I use as a little highlighter. I also love the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, which is like a fat eyeliner. I put that on my eyes and use my fingers to blend. The one I’ve been using — I just got it out of my suitcase — is Bark.
Mascara, I’ve been using MAC. I used to wear Dior because it doesn’t run. But MAC has a wand that’s similar to the Dior Iconic. It goes on without clumps. MAC was where I bought my Spice lip liner way back. It’s still a good one!
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My natural hair is sad: It’s limp and really thick but really fine. I even try to sleep with it wet in hopes of giving it more body. But it looks weighed down, so it doesn’t get any wave. I wish I had crazy, frizzy, crispy wavy hair. I had it once, and I want it back.
I use a lot of volumizing products. I use Virtue shampoo and conditioner, but I love not washing my hair. I have a bunch of dry shampoos. I have the Klorane powder that poofs on, and I like the Klorane sprays. I have the good old Psssst! one, too.
I use Oribe texture spray and occasionally the shine spray if I’m on the fourth day of dry shampoo. If my hair feels unhealthy, I use an Oribe or Virtue hair mask.
I wear a Diptyque roll-on that smells of fig — Philosykos. I love that smell. Other than that, all the things in my house are from Santa Maria Novella, whether that’s the rose spray or the shampoo and conditioner. I don’t even think they work that well. It’s just because they’re pretty to look at, and I really care about that.
I get painfully adjusted by a chiropractor — Trevelynn Henuset. He cracks whatever it is that needs to be cracked. He thinks I need to be getting massages between the appointments, but I don’t get them as often as I should.
Diet and Fitness
I love training even when I’m not working on the Marvel movies. I grew up doing ballet and playing pretty competitive volleyball. In college, fitness is suddenly not part of your curriculum, so I stopped doing anything.
Then when I was 20 and living in New York, I started having severe panic attacks. It was really bad, like I was going to pass out. I remember not being able to cross 14th Street and Sixth Avenue. I had to stand next to a wall so I didn’t fall over.
At first I didn’t even know they were panic attacks. I’d never been an anxious person. A friend of mine had had them, and we worked on tricks to get over them. They’re basically acting tricks, where you take the attention off yourself.
It was then that I found yoga to be really helpful and when fitness became a big part of my life again. I found that after a hard workout, I could sit by myself at a restaurant.
The thing with Marvel is they never tell you to get into shape. They just hire the people and let them figure out the way to express the character. They will set you up with a trainer if you want, but that’s it. I hear stories of actors being weighed for a role. That sounds horrible.
I do change it up depending on the gig. For “Captain America: Civil War,” I was doing muay Thai. It’s not the most comfortable thing, and I don’t do it anymore. I do love going to the gym. I love it because my brain works better, and I don’t want to think about eating restrictively.
I eat healthy, but I try not to overthink it. If I have a big premiere to go to, I might just have a lot of soups the week before. That’s really the only time I do anything approaching a diet. I’m lucky I don’t have any allergies yet. Or maybe I already do, and that’s why I have the issue with my chin and I should be eliminating dairy and gluten.
We already know Elizabeth Olsenshines on screen, but it turns out she also has a wealth of beauty knowledge. After all, working in film you’re bound to pick up a tip or two while you’re getting primped in a makeup chair. It’s no wonder that makeup brand Bobbi Brown looked to the actress to serve as its latest ambassador and it couldn’t be a more perfect fit. Olsen’s clean, neutral, sophisticated-yet-totally-accessible makeup looks pair well with Bobbi Brown’s aesthetic. And speaking of accessible, Olsen’s beauty tips are also very down to earth. You don’t have to be a Hollywood starlet to actually take her advice.
Read on to find out Olsen’s tips for beauty budgeting, shaving your legs, her favorite smells, and more.
On beauty school: My mom and my sisters don’t wear makeup, so I learned [about makeup] through work. The most important thing, especially for someone like me who doesn’t want to look like I’m wearing a lot of makeup, is to prep the skin with a lot of moisturizer or serum, so whatever foundation you use looks dewy.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed Marvel Studios will be creating original long-form series for Disney+.
Explore the MCU over multiple episodes of Wanda Maximoff and The Vision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, in “WandaVision.”
Launching on November 12, 2019, at $6.99 a month, Disney+ will be the ultimate streaming destination for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live action and animated series and short-form content, along with unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment. The service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “Star Wars Episode IX.”
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is proud to partner with three multi-dimensional women to magnify its original ethos of celebrating individual beauty and female empowerment with the launch of the “Confident Beauty” campaign. American actresses Yara Shahidi and Elizabeth Olsen, along with Chinese actress NiNi are the brand’s newest global celebrity spokeswomen brand sharing their “beauty truths” – the guiding honesties behind the lives they lead, to inspire women everywhere.
“It’s incredible to be part of a brand that has been so consistent and true to its identity in an industry that’s so inconsistent. Since the 90s we have seen many trends come and go and come back again, and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has always been a timeless brand,” says actor, producer and women’s advocate, Elizabeth Olsen.