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Elizabeth Olsen’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” co-stars weigh in on her “It Girl” status

Elizabeth Olsen’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” co-stars weigh in on her “It Girl” status (photo)

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Elizabeth Olsen is this year’s “It Girl” – or at least one of them (Brit Marling, where are you?). So we checked in with some of the non-Olsen twin’s male cast mates from “Martha Marcy May Marlene” to see what they thought about her – especially considering she’s overshadowing them all. (They can handle it, right?)

John Hawkes, who co-starred with last year’s “It Girl” Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone,” said that he caught the same vibe with Lizzie as he did with Jen.

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“It’s fantastic,” he told IFC. “It’s vindicating as well, when you’re working with someone who’s a powerhouse, a young person who just out of the blue is a surprise. It’s been a real gift to be part of these young women’s journeys, and it’s really rewarding.”

When Hawkes was shooting “MMMM,” “Winter’s Bone” was yet to be released, but according to him, “I had this flashback feeling … the same joy and the same amazement in working with her. I was reminded of Jennifer.” (Hawkes, by the way, plays Elizabeth’s cult leader in the film).

Brady Corbet, who counts Evan Rachel Wood and Naomi Watts as some of his former leading ladies (from “Thirteen” and “Funny Games”), was also impressed with his new co-star. “I don’t think people were serious about giving her a chance,” he said, “and then when they saw it, they realized she’s a hell of an actor. And she’s a good girl, really grounded, doesn’t give a shit – in the best sense of the word. She’s not above anyone.”

Well, except the actresses she’s leaping above in the rankings. Said her “MMMM” director Sean Durkin, “She deserves all the attention she gets.”

Do you plan to check out “Martha Marcy May Marlene”? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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