Elizabeth Olsen, best recognized as Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, explains the reason she wanted to change her surname growing up.
WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen is currently one of the most recognizable names in the world due to her growing influential status in the MCU. However, it’s a name she contemplated altering when she was younger because she didn’t want to leverage through her sisters’ popularity.
If you did not know (like so many fans who were shocked to learn this at first), Olsen’s older sisters are twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, famous since virtually the day they entered this world.
Their childhood was spent in front of the camera in the comedy series Full House (which influenced WandaVision‘s ’80s setup). They later featured in several movies in the ’90s and early ’00s, thanks to their image as adorable twin sisters that helped take off their pop career to impressive heights.
However, the younger Olsen had no desire to become famous solely because she was related to them, and she remembers contemplating going by a different title when she first began acting, as she describes below.
#ElizabethOlsen opens up about why she wanted to change her surname growing up: "I guess I understood what nepotism was inherently as a 10-year-old. There is some sort of association of not earning something that I think bothered me." https://t.co/EGW3BAI6dK pic.twitter.com/h2cUnQeTqI
— British GLAMOUR (@GlamourMagUK) April 21, 2021
Olsen has certainly shown that she never needed to be associated with the twins for her own success despite the fact that it was often discussed when she first began.
Her debut performance in the dramatic thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) saw her nominated for several awards, coming out victorious in half a dozen of them.
This was supplemented by a number of excellent indie performances before featuring in the 2013 Oldboy remake, starring in her first blockbuster with the 2014 Monsterverse movie Godzilla, and soon after made her name as Wanda Maximoff, now known as The Scarlet Witch.
In addition to resisting allegations of nepotism, Elizabeth Olsen would have preferred to stop being continually pitted against her sisters, which is a real fear due to the siblings being so close in age (merely three years apart) and appearance.
The twins’ popularity has declined after they quit the acting industry together in favor of fashion design (though Mary-Kate later had a couple of solo performances), so when anyone references the Olsen sister nowadays, it’s usually the younger one they’re referring to.