Elizabeth Olsen for ASOS Magazine

Posted on January 30, 2012

Elizabeth Olsen has exactly two modeling expressions and you get to see both of them in this shoot for ASOS.

Elizabeth Olsen featured in the March 2012 issue of ASOS magazine photographed by Todd Cole and styled by Zeba Lowe.

MiH aztec jacket and Elizabeth & James striped silk ella blouse on the cover. She wears an ASOS long sleeve breton top inside.

To be fair, she gives good sound bite – and the clothes are cute. Besides, this is basically a catalogue shoot using a famous face. We wouldn’t expect her to serve up supermodel face when she’s flogging cute indie-girl clothes.

“I did lead a very charmed life growing up, but I was aware of the things that were abnormal. The only time I flew first-class as a kid was when my sisters did these cruises called ‘Sail With The Stars.’ They were the main event…other than that, never.”


On her famous last name:
“A lot of casting directors didn’t make the connection at first. I loved it when that would happen, because there was no baggage of any kind, whether it was good or bad…I’ve always wanted to feel like everything I did, I worked hard for, because I had a complex about it.”

On Martha Marcy May Marlene:
“Every script (I was sent) was ‘funny ironic’ because the girls were sluts or bitches…I don’t know how to act that. I have a really hard time playing those parts. (Martha) felt like doing real work, and that’s why I liked it…it was the best experience I’ve ever had working…no bullshitting.”


Most surreal career moment so far:
Meeting her idol Woody Allen. “I have a vintage Annie Hall movie poster that an ex-boyfriend bought me in high school, the only movie poster I own.”
On her famous family:
“Mary-Kate and Ashley have celebrated my birthday with me every year since I’ve been in New York, my last four birthdays, and it’s been so special. Or when you have a fight with a boyfriend or a friend, or whatever, they’re here.”


On being the Elizabeth in her sisters’ clothing line Elizabeth & James:
“In my mind, that was, ‘Oh cool, that means I get free clothes!’ For two years, I didn’t buy anything. But even as a little kid…I had all their hand-me-downs.

On her style:
Inspired by Celine, Chanel, Isabel Marant and Marni – “I thought it was masculine and quirky and funky.”
[Photo Credit: Todd Cole for asos.com]

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  • MilaXX

    Boring clothes, boring talk.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    How is it I’m already more tired of her than the Fannings?

    • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

      Did you see MMMM? HOLY CRAP, she was incredible. It’s going to take a lot for me to get tired of her.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I agree! That was a terrific performance – much better than anything I’ve seen out of her famous sisters.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

        Not yet! She may be a great actress, but I find her dull as a model.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

    CLOSE YOUR MOUTH. but these are cute, she seems pretty down to earth all things considered. also i covet that striped top entirely too much.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    I didn’t know ASOS had a magazine – I thought it was just flimsy knock-offs of designer stuff. Anyhoo, she’s very cute and I don’t know why I am always disappointed that actresses are crap models (surely they can act like good models?) but I am.

  • Anonymous

    The sound bites make her seem rather normal and grounded. The pics? Meh.

    I do get so tired of the latest starlet overload. It’s not Elizabeth O’s fault, but it’s all just too much.

  • Anonymous

    Whatever she’s wearing in the last shot is hideous.

  • Jasmine Moten

    I think the word “quirky” should be killed with fire. On topic, those clothes are really ugly, but she looks pretty.

  • Jasmine Moten

    Another thing- she said she can’t act like a bitch or slut because she’s never been one…isn’t that what an ACTress does? I’m sure Al Pacino didn’t moonlight as a Cuban drug lord during the 80s.

    • Anonymous

      Or as a Mafioso or a policeman in the 70s or a heroin addict in the 60s.  Good point.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know . . . my interpretation is that she’s saying she doesn’t like playing those roles, because they’re misogynist stereotypes and she just can’t get behind that.  She held out for the MMMM role because it’s meatier and more real.  I grant you, that’s reading a lot into it, but there are valid reasons to not want to be cast in a bitch/slut role, and there are valid reasons for not wanting to give those reasons candidly in an interview.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    How could she wear her sister’s hand-me-downs when she is considerably larger than they are? (Not that she is large but her sisters are the size of Precious Moments figurines.)

    • Anonymous

      Well, they are her *older* sisters- it follows that there was a period of time where she was smaller than they, even if it isn’t true now.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

        And her sisters tend to wear outfits that are five sizes too big for them, like bag ladies.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

    It’s funny because she looks so much like her sisters in her red carpet pictures, but not so much here (or where she was dressed as Liz Taylor). 
    The clothes are fug, though. 

    She has very pretty eyes.

  • Anonymous

    I really like her. The interview excerpts are great although she does seem a bit strained or something. I think the clothes are cute but cross over from what could be chic into a bit juvenile. 

  • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

    She’ll have to win an Oscar before I stop confusing her with Elizabeth Moss/Peggy Olsen.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      Wow, I think she is SO much prettier than Elizabeth Moss.

      • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

        Yeah, I wasn’t talking about looks at all. I was talking about the name.

  • Anonymous

    Am I alone in thinking she looks like a fairer Maggie Gyllenhaal?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bethany-Roullett/100000413803142 Bethany Roullett

      That was my exact thought!  “When did Maggie Gyllenhal bleach her hair?”

  • Amy Wielunski

    Am I the only one who totally thought Tara Reid was looking FANTASTIC for a second there?

    • Anonymous

      Oh that is weird.  I totally see that now. 

  • Anonymous

    I think I had that sweater in the second pic sometime around 1984.

  • marilyn

    Two facial expressions may be all she needs!!!  (hahahahahaha…….)

  • Anonymous

    Girl is serving up some major Tara Reid in that first pic. It’s the clueless expression, probably.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carrie.lindstedt Carrie Lindstedt

    When I first scrolled past the cover shot on the main page I thought it was Maggie Gyllenhaal. Something about the styling. I may have lost my mind.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Maggie G?  Then I took another look at that first shot.  She does look like a fair haired MG.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Very pretty girl, and the clothes are great on her.  Seems to have her head on straight.

  • Anonymous

    That knitted flower sweat looks like something from the 80’s.  She, however has such a special look – all her own and thankfully not like her sisters.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      take a second look – it’s not knitted. It’s sequined.

  • Anonymous

    “Every script (I was sent) was ‘funny ironic’ because the girls were sluts or bitches…” aaaaaaand I hate her. way to be classy and slut shame.

    • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

      Interesting, I read her comment in that the scripts were sort of slut shaming and whatnot with those tired stereotypes of women, but trying to wrap it up in the guise of “funny ironic” and she didn’t care for it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

    Poor thing had to deal with her sisters hand me downs. 

  • Anonymous

    Her mouth hanging open is driving me nuts…

  • Anonymous

    LOL she only flew 1st class once. The rest of the time she flies on private jets, duh.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never heard her speak so I have this voice I’ve made up for her in my head. It sounds something like this, “Ah mah gaaaash, the butteflahs flew away.” It’s a voice that happens when you never close your maaahth. The clothes are kind of sickeningly juvenile for a grown woman.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get these clothes. They look like someone found them at a goodwill store. In the bargain bin. That last dress especially looks like it smells of dust and pee.

    • Anonymous

      Those are my shorts from 1975…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314255041 Irina Ryabchuk

    On a totally unrelated note, TLo, have you seen BBC’s Sherlock yet? Because I think you would enjoy it very much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    Imagine how pretty her sisters could be if they wore their makeup like hers?

  • oohsparkley!

    She’s lovely.

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    I think she’s quite interesting actually, i think she’s up against it though because people will undoubtedly judge her because of her last name.

  • Anonymous

    Clothes are meh, but she’s a cutie.