For 10 days or so each and every January, Hollywood takes a brief respite from the relentless pace of Awards Season and trades in their formalwear for thermal underwear. Everyone who’s anyone in the movie industry is currently in Park City, Utah for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. And of all the silver screen icons that are in town right now, there is one young actress who might just end up being the Next Big Thing™. Meet Lizzie Olsen, who is already being labeled with celestial monikers like the “breakout star” (The Wrap) and “new supernova in the Sundance galaxy” (NY Post) by breathless journalists.
If the 21 year-old Lizzie Olsen’s face looks more familiar than her name, it’s most likely because her older sisters are the most famous twins in the known universe. Yes, Lizzie is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, stars of Full House (and, well, not much else). Although the NYU student Lizzie doesn’t yet have the same name recognition as her sisters, she seems poised for big things. She stars in two movies that have got critics and festival goers abuzz, the one-shot horror film Silent House and the “maximum-creepy” thriller, Martha Marcy May Marlene (say that five times fast!). And although it will likely be a few months before either one of these films makes its way to a theater near you, we figured now would be as good a time as any to introduce you to Lizzie Olsen!
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