Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
In June 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Over the last couple months we have posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, director Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans. This morning we are posting our interview with Whiplash and Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Here is a short snippet from Olsen explains her super abilities:
Yeah. So, I am able to go into someone’s head and make them see their almost like –I can feel and see what they feel and see, so it’s not just manipulating them. But what I love about her is that in so many superhero films emotions are kind of negated a bit but for her everything that someone else could feel, like their weakest moment, she physically goes through that same experience with them, which is pretty cool. So if they have a biggest darkest fear, I could see that. … I can control energy. I can manipulate energy. So that’s what the red stuff is that we’re playing with.
Read our whole Elizabeth Olsen Avengers 2 interview after the jump.
Elizabeth Olsen Avengers 2 Interview
Question: Could you talk about your Eastern European accent?
Elizabeth Olsen: Can I talk about it? It’s something we got to create because it’s a make believe place. So it’s something that Aaron [Taylor-Johnson] and I with the dialect coach got to create together.
What’s the name of the fake country?
Elizabeth Olsen: That I can’t talk about. But I got to make it up, so yeah.
How are we introduced to your character?
Elizabeth Olsen: I think you’ve already been introduced. The most beginning you will see is what’s in the end of Cap 2. There’s definitely a connection that is very evident, yeah.
Is that pretty much the costume you have for the whole movie?
Elizabeth Olsen: Well, no. For the film, that world is very specific so it’s almost like hospitalish, and the way that we designed costume and character is based off of these two kids being on their own and using whatever they can to their best ability. Like if they see a street vendor, they just grab something off the street vendor, so it hints to Eastern Europe but it’s also kind of this gypsy, vagabond feel as well.
In some of the original drafts of Godzilla, your character and Aaron’s character were brother and sister. When that switched, had you guys already talked about doing this together?
Elizabeth Olsen: When we were talking about the brother –I think we weren’t part of the brother/sister conversation for Godzilla. They just told us that they weren’t sure if they wanted them to be brother and sister but they’re pretty sure that they want them to be married and they’re pretty sure that they’re gonna give them a kid [Laughs]. That was the information we got and that’s where we basically started and we didn’t know about Avengers until after we finished filming Godzilla, which was kind of funny.
The comfort level of you two working on this film seems clear. Did you guys come up with something else pretty good?
Elizabeth Olsen: Totally. I mean, if you look at the comics the two of them are always so close to each other, the proximity. Their comfortability around each other is so specific to the rest of the group, and so it’s nice to know Aaron and also nice to have a friend when you’re joining such a big project like this, with potentially intimidating people. So it’s been really nice to have Aaron and it is nice to feel like we have this –Like, they have their movies but we had a movie too it’s just not that one [Laughs]. So there’s that kind of teammate feel.
What were some of your first meetings with some of the other cast members, did they kind of give you any insight of what would change with joining this universe?
Elizabeth Olsen: The first person both Aaron and I got to work with was Jeremy Renner because we were shooting in Italy, as everyone has seen, and he’s so straight about how this is gonna go. These were the first days of shooting the cast, I think, and it is the most waiting I’ve done on a film, so that kind of keeping that energy up is really difficult. You get on set and you have to have one thing that you hook into to remind yourself to give you that energy and the drive of your character. Just talking with him was interesting and fun and I still enjoyed working. I mean, everyone that we’ve met it’s just been –Everyone is so nice. I was ready for like maybe some sort of diva, there’s none of that at all on this set. All the actors are unbelievably fun and giving and kind, and it’s amazing.
Do you have a favorite Avenger?
Elizabeth Olsen: Personally?
Elizabeth Olsen: I’m kind of digging what I get to do and I’m really excited. Well, my favorite –Just as a fan– was Iron Man. Those are my favorite films, and that’s how I got into the Marvel world and becoming a fan myself. I wouldn’t mind continuing to do this for quite some time because I’m having so much fun working on Scarlet Witch/Wanda, she’s so awesome. I think Joss [Whedon] is excited by her also, and so the two of us kind of dork out a bit and it’s pretty fun.
Just going of what we saw in Cap 2, what’s the relationship like between Wanda and Baron Von Strucker, is that something that continues throughout the film?
Elizabeth Olsen: It’s something people will learn later. It’s kind of what is there, I mean, it is what it is.
Is he mystic, or do they share similar ideas, can you give us anything?
Elizabeth Olsen: No, I think there’s a bit of all of it, you know. It’s interesting. I don’t know what I can tell.
In that scene at the end of Winter Soldier we see the character manipulating objects with telekinesis and then today we learned that your character can get in the minds of people. Can you talk about the ability and power set of this version of Wanda?
Elizabeth Olsen: Yeah. So, I am able to go into someone’s head and make them see their almost like –I can feel and see what they feel and see, so it’s not just manipulating them. But what I love about her is that in so many superhero films emotions are kind of negated a bit but for her everything that someone else could feel, like their weakest moment, she physically goes through that same experience with them, which is pretty cool. So if they have a biggest darkest fear, I could see that.
So like shoot thing, or control things?
Elizabeth Olsen: Yeah I can control energy. I can manipulate energy. So that’s what the red stuff is that we’re playing with.
Can you talk about just coming up with the physicality, how do you play those things?
Elizabeth Olsen: It’s been so fun because you can’t be like, ‘Well, how does this magic witch hero move?’ There’s nothing physically that you can just reference from dance, martial arts, or anything like that. So we started off with Joss kind of having these ideas based off just images in the comics of what the hand gestures look like or the arms look like. And then I worked with a dancer, Jenny White, she’s a dancer and so the two of us get locked up in a room together and we move and we try and figure out what looked strong or where the energy comes from. But also in the film I get to have a journey of discovering how powerful she can be, in a way. So we gotta start somewhere, we gotta figure out what all those different levels are. But it’s funny because everyone’s doing like stunt practices and choreography and everyone’s getting beat up, and she and I are just doing weird moves and pretending like we’re making things shoot out of our hands [Laughs]. I can’t get injured that way and I feel not as tough as everyone but it’s super fun.
Elizabeth Olsen: It is, it’s so playful, and I danced growing up so it’s nice to have be able to have some sort of creativity in movement and a say in it. It’s pretty awesome.
Can you talk about just having this amount of power and it’s a lot to take in somebody’s deepest, darkest fears. When they’re not leveled does she try to maintain a level of sanity?
Elizabeth Olsen: Well, I think that’s what’s so awesome about the trajectory of where she could go, potentially. But I think in this film it’s just the beginnings of everything, it’s all just starting.
That’s kind far because in the comics she does get really powerful to the point where.
Elizabeth Olsen: She can destroy everyone.