Lizzie Olsen

Lizzie Olsen, This Year’s 'It Girl'

The third indie-chic Olsen sister is charming, hip, and the festival's first breakout star.

01.23.11 11:58 PM ET

Lizzie Olsen (at Sundance Channel HQ)

A week ago, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Olsen was just another 21-year-old senior at NYU who happened to have two very famous half-sisters: the TV-movie-fashion-and-overall-marketing phenomenon known as Mary-Kate and Ashley.

This week, thanks to the Sundance Film Festival, where she’s starring in two much-buzzed about films (Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House), the “third” Olsen has been a hot topic on Twitter; has been unilaterally declared the festival’s “It Girl”  (a prestigious, not to mention very hip, crown worn previously by Zooey Deschanel, Carey Mulligan, and Parker Posey); and has just landed a role in a big, Hollywood movie—Red Lights, a psychological thriller directed by Rodrigo Cores (Buried), and starring Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver.

But if Lizzie—who looks uncannily like her sisters, even though she’s not 100 percent blood-related—is poised to overtake their fame, she’s doing it in her own distinct, and very stripped-down way.

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