The real reason Elizabeth Olsen almost quit acting

As superhero fans know, nobody messes with the Scarlet Witch. Elizabeth Olsen has built a career as a leading actress in stirring thrillers like Old Boy and Silent House. But it’s her role as the morally gray Wanda Maximoff, the embodiment of grief, that has catapulted Olsen into international stardom.

In an interview with the Independent, Olsen described how lucky she was to get the gig. “I’ve only signed on for a few films, so it’s always a surprise when they want to use me for more projects. I was confused about how lucky I was that they wanted to do WandaVision,” she said. But she also told the New York Times that she may want to expand her acting career beyond the Marvel role to even greater heights. “I was starting to get frustrated,” she explained. “I had that job security, but I lost those parts that I felt were more a part of who I was. And the further I got away from it, the less I was considered for it.”

It’s not the first time that acting and being in the entertainment industry has frustrated Olsen. In fact, she admittedly almost decided to give up acting early in her career. Without her, the role of the Scarlet Witch would certainly have looked very different. But what made Elizabeth Olsen decide to take a different career path?

Elizabeth Olsen almost quit acting

What fans of Elizabeth Olsen may not know is that she has two very famous siblings. Her older sisters are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who rose to fame as children in ‘Full House’ and a number of children’s films. As a child, Elizabeth had the chance to appear in small roles in her sisters’ films. “Oh, I really need to flex the acting muscles there – you can’t imagine what a great thespicic demand is on the kid who plays Girl In Car on ‘How The West Was Fun,'” she told The Guardian.

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Of course, Elizabeth decided to go her own way separate from her sisters, as she told The Jess Cagle Show. “It’s never felt like a following to me because it’s always felt like it’s my path,” she said (via Yahoo). Her lead opportunity came early in life when she wanted to star in Spy Kids. Unfortunately, Elizabeth didn’t bother to read the script because she was 10 years old and it “looked like the greatest thing I’ve seen in my life,” as she told Nylon.

As a result, Elizabeth didn’t get the part and she rashly told her father that she wanted to quit acting. “Dad, I want to stop acting.” I only did four auditions,” she recalled to Nylon. “He said, ‘Okay, make a list of pros and cons and make your own decision.'”

Elizabeth Olsen got her big break after a failure

Luckily, Elizabeth Olsen decided to stick with acting but waited until she was an adult to really explore the passion. Olsen studied the craft at New York University while trying to pursue a career in live theater. According to Vanity Fair, she was trying to land a role in the production of Shakespeare in the Park. But she was eventually rejected. “[It was] the first job I didn’t get that I really wanted,” she said.

Olsen also had a backup plan in case her acting dreams went nowhere. According to Nylon, the actress also chose to get her real estate license in upstate New York as well. Olsen considered real estate as an alternative career but was never able to pursue the interest. Olsen’s rejection of “Shakespeare in the Park” was a blessing in disguise, leaving the actor open to accepting a role in the 2011 indie film “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” according to Vanity Fair.

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As a result, Olsen launched her next career in indie films, starring in the critically acclaimed “Silent House.” It wouldn’t be long before her acting skills caught the attention of Marvel, who cast her in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As of today, Olsen is worth $11 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. So she’s probably glad she didn’t quit acting on a whim.