Elizabeth Olsen Considered Changing Her Surname To Avoid Mary-Kate And Ashley Association

Ata Owaji Victor
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Photo credit: Ian Gavan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ian Gavan - Getty Images

Elizabeth Olsen almost became Elizabeth Chase, according to the actor.

The WandaVision actor opened up about her worries over the famous surname during a recent interview.

The star said she considered the name change during the very beginning of her career where she contemplated removing her name in order to avoid being associated with her famous twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

'I was 10 and I was curious about auditioning,' Olsen told Glamour. 'And I realised very quickly it wasn’t for me because I was missing my sports teams, my dance class and all the extracurricular activities at school. But during that time, I thought, "I don’t want to be associated with [Mary-Kate and Ashley],| for some reason.'

In the interview, Olsen continued by explaining that the idea of the name change came around the same time when she understood what 'nepotism was like inherently as a 10-year-old'.

'I don’t know if I knew the word, but there is some sort of association of not earning something that I think bothered me at a very young age. It had to do with my own insecurities, but I was 10. So I don’t know how much I processed, but I did think, "I’m going to be Elizabeth Chase when I become an actress."' said the Marvel star.

Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

Olsen has been consistently open about the presence of nepotism in her career thus far. During a recent interview with Grazia USA, the star discussed their impact of having a family in entertainment but stressed that throughout it all she wanted to earn her own spot in Hollywood, regardless of her sisters' fame.

'Nepotism is a thing and I’m very aware of it,' Olsen in the interview 'And of course, I’ve always wanted to do it alone.'

The actor who studied acting in college and attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, also stated that when she started auditioning, she took 'special care' to try to carve out a path far from her sisters' Full House fame as children.

In a separate interview for SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show Olsen, who is the younger sister of The Row designers, credited them for the shaping of her style.

'Everything my sisters have ever worn in my entire life I have wanted to wear still as an adult today,' the 31-year-old added when quizzed about her older siblings famous style.

'I want their coats. I want their shoes. I want their dresses. And that is something that I never grew out of.'

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