Elizabeth Olsen: Emotion drives my film choices

Hollywood star Elizabeth Olsen will never turn down a film role that fulfils her soul.

The 26-year-old’s star is on the rise since landing parts in movies such as Oldboy, Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron. While she’s grateful to have been a part of such big features, Elizabeth’s heart will always lie with more emotionally-driven projects.

“If I were lucky enough to be part of a big franchise, it was always the intention to come back and do smaller films,” she explained to Collider. “It’s not like it’s smaller films, just films that fulfil your soul and your creative, artistic and emotional life – to be pretentious. And you actually have a conversation with the person in front of you as well and maybe you guys will both be in the scene at the same time and you don’t have to cut it!”

With that in mind, it’s no surprise Elizabeth jumped at the chance to star in upcoming film I Saw the Light. It’s a biopic based on the life of American singer Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), who passed away in 1953, aged 29.

Hank’s turbulent marriage to wife, collaborator and manager Audrey is heavily documented in the movie and it was their relationship which drew Elizabeth in.

“There is something when I read the script… because I didn’t know much about Hank Williams, I definitely didn’t know about his private life, I just knew he passed away at a really young age,” she added. “And the relationship between Hank and Audrey and learning that she was someone that p**sed off a lot of people… I felt so sorry for her, I just felt like she wasn’t in the easiest situation, [I had a lot of] compassion for her. Sometimes you read scripts and you imagine yourself playing the part – at least I do… For this I could imagine myself in her shoes directly. I really loved their relationship, their dynamic… always heated hate or heated love and it was this up and down that we got to play with.”

– Cover Media

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