- Elizabeth Olsen plays Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- She told Variety that sometimes it’s “embarrassing” filming her scenes.
- “It’s very embarrassing shooting those kinds of things, because, like, the world depends on you doing it,” she said.
Though Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have entertained audiences around the world for close to 15 years, the task of bringing it all to the screen can be weird and uncomfortable for the actors at times.
At least, it is for Elizabeth Olsen.
The actor has been in the MCU bubble for years playing Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and she recently told Variety how she sometimes feels having to do her witch movements on camera.
“It’s just silly,” she said. “There’s a lot of silly stuff. I always wish that one day they just release a version of the film without any special effects, because then you understand how ridiculous it feels. And how spectacular the work is that goes into making these.”
Olsen recalled the scene in “Avengers: Infinity War” when Maximoff tries to take the Mind Stone off of Vision (Paul Bettany) while also fighting off Thanos (Josh Brolin) from getting it.
“It’s very embarrassing shooting those kinds of things, because, like, the world depends on you doing it,” she told the trade. “Once it was over, it was a huge amount of relief. And I just remember being giggly the rest of the day, while Brolin had his helmet on. And I don’t know. These movies are very silly, but you have to act your ass off for them to work.”
Olsen then went into more detail about why doing a scene like that can be embarrassing.
“Because you’re like,” she paused a moment to hold out her hands, the trade reported. “Ugh, I’m doing this in public. But you have one hand out that’s stopping something with energy. And then you’ve got another hand that’s extracting this fake thing from this dotted face. And it’s painful and emotional.”
Earlier this year, Olsen revealed to The New York Times that it’s been challenging at times to be a part of the MCU because she’s had to pass on acting roles she really wanted to do.
“It took me away from the physical ability to do certain jobs that I thought were more aligned with the things I enjoyed as an audience member,” Olsen said. “And this is me being the most honest.”
“I started to feel frustrated,” Olsen said about having to give up on roles she really wanted. “I had this job security but I was losing these pieces that I felt were more part of my being. And the further I got away from that, the less I became considered for it.”
Most recently, Olsen has played Maximoff in the Disney+ series “WandaVision” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
She told the Times she’s up for doing a standalone Scarlet Witch movie.