Elizabeth Olsen sat down in midtown Manhattan with Examiner Dorri Olds to discuss Olsen’s character in the movie “Liberal Arts” which opened in NYC this week. Olsen stars opposite Josh Radnor—who also wrote and directed the film.
Olsen’s character, 19-year old college student Zibby, is precocious and fun. Jesse (Radnor) is a 35-year old bookworm whose growth has been stunted by college nostalgia. In a chance meeting, Zibby and Jesse hit it off. They connect on multiple levels and effect each other’s lives in unexpected ways. Richard Jenkins is terrific as a sad retiring professor. Allison Janney is hilarious as Judith, a rather randy professor. Cast members Zac Efron and John Magaro also add solid performances in this bittersweet coming of age drama.
‘Liberal Arts’ official trailer 2012
Video: ‘Liberal Arts’ official trailer 2012
Examiner: Should I call you Elizabeth?
Olsen: Ugh, no. Nobody calls me that. I’m Lizzie.
Ok, Lizzie, did you relate to your character, Zibby, on an emotional level?
Emotionally? Yeah, absolutely. She’s someone who wants to jump ahead and go straight to being an adult and I had that my entire life—until now. Now I’m really happy being a child, I feel more youthful than I did when I was 19.
Like the Dylan lyric, “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”
Yeah, I took myself way too seriously for too many years.
written by Jess on September 16, 2012