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Elizabeth Olsen talks challenges of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' (Video)

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10/22/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Elizabeth Olsen has been getting buzz from her performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," an indie film about a young woman named Martha who flees a cult to her older sister's home but deals with her paranoia over cult members who may still be watching over her.

Olsen is the younger sister of twin actresses and former "Full House" stars Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. The 22-year-old actress opened up about her film experience in an interview provided Fox Searchlight.

"So Martha, the character, offered me a lot of challenges to just be able to work on someone's psychology that you don't really get to work on. It's so far out of myself that it was fun to be able to escape into her mind," Olsen said.

"I think what's important is that throughout the entire film she's trying to find a family that she can actively participate in and feel like she has a purpose and I think that's what these people provided for her, that she wasn't getting at home," she continued. "That's why certain lines come out at the lake house with her sister she tries to assert herself as someone who is very capable and she doesn't think anyone has ever treated her like that before. "

Olsen believes that one of the film's lines really hits the core of the style of the film. On the movie's first promotional poster there is a line that reads, "Did you ever have that feeling where you can't tell if something's a memory or if it's something you dreamed?"

"I just think that's a really interesting because I feel like that's something that happens a lot," Olsen remarked about the tagline. "I just think that's a great line for the film as a whole. A stylistic way to describe the film as a whole and I think that's why this film is really special, because of the ambiguity that people get to discover for themselves. "

This isn't Olsen's first film - she has had a few roles in her sister's movies and stars in the yet-to-be release "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding." The actress said she has learned a lot about the movie process outside of filmmaking from promoting "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

"It's not even the film process that I've learned about but it's this whole other part after we made the movie that I've gone through," Olsen said. "Trying to sell the movie, trying to promote it and what you have to do for that and so this whole entire experience has been one learning thing after another."

Olsen has also starred in "Silent House" and has upcoming roles in "Red Lights" due out in 2012 and has signed on to star in "Liberal Arts," also scheduled for release in 2012. Olsen will also co-star alongside Dakota Fanning in "Very Good Girls," which has a planned release date in 2013.

Check out the trailer for "Martha Marcy May Marlene" below.

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