Elizabeth Olsen Avoids Social Media: "I Feel Like You Let People Touch You When You Have Instagram or Twitter"

Actress also tells Fashion about her role as The Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron

By Zach Johnson Apr 13, 2015 6:00 PMTags
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Elizabeth Olsen loves her life as a Luddite.

Unlike her Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, Olsen doesn't interact with her fans via a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In fact, the actress doesn't use any of them! "I don't [use] social media, and I feel like that's how people control their image. My image, in my mind, is just to disappear. I just want people to see the work that I'm proud of," Olsen, 26, explains in Fashion's May 2015 issue. "I feel like you let people touch you when you have Instagram or Twitter, and I don't want to be touched all the time. I'm not going to do it—ever."

The actress isn't the only Avengers: Age of Ultron cast member who's offline, though. Though Mark Ruffalo is an active Tumblr user, for example, Scarlett Johansson and James Spader put a premium on their privacy. Others' online activity is limited, like Chris Evans, who only uses Twitter and Facebook.

Like it or not, Olsen is part of the social media generation.

Still, she dislikes how her peers are portrayed, particularly in the media. "It is so annoying to me the way my generation is written about—that we are all entitled slackers and hackers," Olsen tells the magazine.

Olsen is conscious of such misconceptions when she's considering roles. "I read this brilliant script the other day that is a thriller but I had to say no to it. There's enough violence in the world, why add to it?" she asks. "Superhero movies are about destroying robots not people so that doesn't count. Besides, all the heroes—especially in Marvel comics—are about heralding the underdog or the outsider."

Speaking of Marvel, why did Olsen want to join the franchise?

"She's grounded and centered because she's always receiving information—she knows everyone's everything because of her telekinesis," Olsen says of The Scarlet Witch, a.k.a. Wanda Maximoff. "She has access to the past, the present, the future and parallel universes—she can connect with all of them."

Just not via social media.

Fashion's May 2015 issue is available on newsstands and iPad Apr 20.

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