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STRIPLV: Third time together with Jeremy, you guys are becoming a double act? OLSEN: I was actually quite skeptical of Jeremy doing it because the guy is picky. Very very picky. He, in reality, wants to retire, he does, so I wasn’t too hopeful. So when he did agree, it was pretty surprising and very unexpected. But obviously, I was so happy. And I was signed on to work on this movie nearly a year before he came on board, so there was a lot of tentative concern whether they would find Cory. STRIPLV: Did you badger him into it? OLSEN: Well he’s my neighbor, so I was relentless. STRIPLV: But were you like, “This is a good script, from the guy (Taylor Sheridan) who wrote Sicario, you should do this?” OLSEN: He doesn’t take career advice from me, strangely enough. STRIPLV: Is that how you Hollywood pals operate, just messaging each other, sending scripts? OLSEN: It’s not how I do things. (Laughs) STRIPLV: Do you have a lot of famous pals? OLSEN: No, I don’t actually. Jeremy is kind of, it for me, especially because we’ve spent so much time together on this and Avengers. Most of my friends are the same friends I’ve had forever. STRIPLV: So you’re not part of any of these Hollywood “squads”? OLSEN: I don’t know how these famous relationships develop because the nature of the business is so peripatetic, always in transit from one place to the other, basic connection, the physical connection seems very difficult to me. I don’t get it. Everybody has weird schedules. Maybe it’s me. (Laughs) STRIPLV: So Wind River, it looked pretty challenging with the elements. How did you find it? OLSEN: Well I don’t love being cold. STRIPLV: Shooting must have been difficult? OLSEN: Practically, not easy. But it kept us very in the moment, it kept us present and always aware. There were a lot of extra logistical problems for the crew with transporting equipment, setting up, everything was harder in that regard. You had to be very efficient in all ways. Climbing to the top of mountains with heavy hardware on snowcats and snowmobiles, it made it difficult. But it also made it a very efficient, fast-paced, collaborative atmosphere, we had to work fast, and it bred this process of ease. I really loved it; I loved the environment, we were shooting right outside Park City in Utah, where they have the Sundance Festival, and I’ve only been there during the festival, and you almost forget there’s this unique scape outside your hotel room. Sometimes there are a hundred different parties distracting you. I really bonded with the environment; I’m a cold convert. STRIPLV: There must have been moments of hell? OLSEN: Oh yeah, there were plenty of times when my jaw was locking up, and I had to massage my face to get it working again. It’s a strange sensation; it’s like you’re drunk and you’re trying to talk and it’s coming out all sideways. We weren’t in Siberia; we weren’t in the Arctic tundra. It was extremely cold but not so bad that you’d contract hypothermia in minutes. It’s just the amount of time we spent out there at any one given stage. And we had the proper everything, proper clothing, proper footwear, so much support but you’d still feel your limbs going numb. You’re on a film set where there are health and safety and stunt coordinators monitoring your every move. There’s nothing life-threatening about it. I wasn’t out there by myself. When I do that, which will never be, then we can take all about the life-threatening dangers. (Laughs) The most were probably the snowmobiles. STRIPLV: Why, what happened? OLSEN: That’s something I had trouble getting ok with. You’re on these vehicular machines, careering across the snow and ice at 70 miles an hour, and you’re not even sitting, you’re squatting, you’re hovering to sort of keep the balance. There’s no seatbelt. It’s not the safest position to be in. And I like safe; I get nervous about anything high adrenalin. And to make me more comfortable, I went on the back of Jeremy’s snowmobile, and it was a baptism of fear. We’re on the top of a mountain, in a blizzard and just hurtling through it. I’m like, “Jeremy, can you even see the bottom?” And he’s like, “Nope.” Your life is flashing before you, but you gotta just go with it. Fortunately, I have a lot of trust in Jeremy; it’s inbuilt after many years working together. STRIPLV: You’re shooting together on Infinity War now too, easier shoot or harder? OLSEN: Very very different. STRIPLV: Is the script is naturally under lock and key? OLSEN: We don’t have scripts, that what I can tell you. (Laughs) We literally have been given our own scenes, our own lines with a vague idea of what’s happening around us. But yep, that’s all we’ve got. Well, I say we, it could be just me and you know, they don’t trust me with the entire script. STRIPLV: You started acting at a young age, would you consider yourself a former child actor? OLSEN: It wasn’t like that. I only ever did two second moments in my sister’s movies and that was only because myself and my brother would be on set with them, and they’d say, “Hey Lizzie, you want to be in this scene? We do need to put gum in your hair.” That would be the extent of it. And from that, came my apparent childhood acting career. The only thing I ever professionally did as a kid, was a commercial about internet safety when the internet first became a thing and that was it until after college. STRIPLV: Were you a natural performer? OLSEN: I was always performing, always putting on little musicals, always singing and dancing. I went to camp, musical theatre camp, and made short movies with my friends. But I didn’t want to be an actress, especially because I grew up in LA, very cliché. Plus, I liked academia, I liked chemistry and the periodic table, I liked learning and acting to me, didn’t follow that path of learning. STRIPLV: You’ve played a lot of badass women, is that what you look for? OLSEN: I’m not looking for roles that are just badass women. That term is thrown around way too much. I look for the emotionally powerful individuals struggling with adversity, with internal conflicts, who have to prove themselves. Who are damaged. I like damaged characters, I think I seek out damaged characters the most, or at least, that’s what I’m sent the most. STRIPLV: Taylor Sheridan having written Sicario with Emily Blunt, was that part of what pulled you to doing Wind River? OLSEN: I thought Sicario was inspiring. And I think Taylor creates these amazing characters, not just for women, who have extremely intuitive capability and strength. And takes these deeply personal stories and then places them in inhospitable, adversarial environments. STRIPLV: Ingrid Goes West is a very different role for you, I’m curious, when we’ve spoken before, you mentioned your dislike for social media, and now you’re on Instagram. Was this just for the movie? OLSEN: It’s a big step for me. STRIPLV: Was this about research and you forgot to deactivate? OLSEN: When we shot that movie, I set up a fake Instagram account for the character, Taylor Sloane. Before, I found the whole thing, the influencers, the followers, the hashtags, everything I found really strange. You know, I also don’t know how these photos always look so beautiful, with the most beautiful light, beautiful angles. I don’t know what camera they’re using or what app but it’s something I don’t have access to. My photos do not look like that at all. My attempts at selfies are always tragic. (Laughs) I end up taking a photo of my ear. But what I considered negative was actually people who had started fashion lines or a couple with really great taste. So much creativity is coming from a unique line of communication. What I do, what I enjoy about it is all purely work related, what I’m sharing is related to my work, to my movies and it’s like another extension of doing press, it’s press, and I appreciate it now. It’s all about me basically telling whoever is listening, “Go see my movie. Do it!” I like being able to control the message I put out there, which is the first time I’ve ever had that. STRIPLV: So who do you follow? OLSEN: Just my friends. STRIPLV: You still don’t seem totally sold on social media. OLSEN: I’m finding the balance difficult. I’m trying to find the right humor to making fun of myself. I like that side to it. But approaching it with all sincerity, you know, the idea of taking a selfie in the morning and hashtagging, “Mondaymotivation,” I don’t need to do that. It doesn’t feel natural to me. For those who it feels natural for and enjoy doing it, totally respect and celebrate that. Jokes on Instagram, making fun of myself, that’s as far as it will ever go. STRIPLV: So what was your main gripe with social media before? OLSEN: Because I didn’t quite understand it. I thought it was a very vain, narcissistic. I think taking pictures of yourself all day, that’s bizarre behavior. I thought all social media was a horrible blight on the world. But I also think I overthought it intensely and clung onto what was wrong with it. Because that’s me, I’m a total over thinker. I think way too much.

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