Oldboy star Elizabeth Olsen confessed that she “would do anything” to work with Robert Downey Jr.
In an interview with Dazed and Confused, the 24-year-old praised the 48-year-old Iron Man 3 star.
“I would do anything with him! If he was part of a project and I could be in any scene with him, I would do it hands down,” Olsen said. “He’s so talented. And so smart. You just don’t have that kind of humor unless you’re smart.”
Olsen also admitted that she is obsessed with Michelle Pfeiffer.
“Best Catwoman ever. Also, she is able to exude sexuality without being written off as dumb,” she said. “You look at her and think ‘F**k, she’s sexy,’ but she’s not sexy and stupid, she’s sexy and owns it because she’s smarter than everybody else in the room.”
Sexuality — particularly female sexuality — is something Olsen is also obsessed with, which is why she was drawn to the lead role in Thérèse, the film adaptation of Emile Zola’s 1867 novel, Thérèse Raquin, as well as her first lead role in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene. The latter focuses on a young woman who suffers from paranoia after returning to her family after fleeing an abusive cult in the Catskills.
“I don’t know where I would be if that movie had not happened,” she said.
Olsen also talked about the importance of teamwork and her dislike of actors who believe they are bigger than their movies.
“I’m obsessed with teams. When I was in sixth grade, I realized that mine and my siblings’ initials spelled the word ‘TEAM’. T-rent, E-lizabeth, A-shley, and M-ary-Kate. So I bought us all little trinkets that said ‘TEAM’ so we could always remember that,” she said. Olsen also said she likes acting because it it brings “all these weird people that probably shouldn’t ever be in a room together, who have to work together and get one thing done. It’s the best.”
Olsen added, “Sometimes I can’t stand the bulls**t of actors. You know, when they’re more interested in ‘getting in the zone’ than they are about showing up and doing their job and remembering that film is a group activity. When you’re an actor, it’s not about you. It’s about a team.”
Oldboy hits theaters November 27.