Elizabeth Olsen explains why she doesn't view her MCU character as a 'baddie'

Plus, find out which of her fellow Avengers she hangs out with the most.

June 29, 2022, 4:04 AM

Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff may have been causing multiversal chaos as the Scarlett Witch in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," but she doesn't see her character as a villain.

Potential spoilers ahead.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe veteran recently stopped by "Good Morning America" to answer fan questions and, when asked about what it was like to play an evil character, Olsen said, "I will never think of her as a baddie."

"I think she learns a lesson, but I think of her as she's just processing big emotions," she explained, drawing a parallel between her MCU persona and the protagonist of her and husband Robbie Arnett's new children's book, "Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective," out now.

PHOTO: Elizabeth Olsen stars as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studio's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."
Elizabeth Olsen stars as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studio's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."
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Olsen described Hattie Harmony's name as being "inspired by helping kids deal with big, complicated feelings that are hard to understand or identify" and giving kids the language and tools to manage those feelings.

The Emmy-nominated actress, 33, said she herself utilized methods such as mindful movement and mindful breathing when dealing with "a lot of weird panic attacks" she got in her early 20s which she said "really threw me off."

"I never had a stress ball, but I would do other kinds of body tension things to help relieve the anxiety in my head or the stress or the overwhelming feelings I would get," she continued. "And also the positive self-talk that Hattie uses I feel like we could all use a little bit of that."

As for her favorite sitcom era to film on the Emmy-winning Disney+ series "WandaVision," Olsen gave that honor to the '70s because she "got to be a schmactor and do a lot of schmacting."

While you may suspect the Avenger she hangs out with the most would be her "WandaVision" co-star Paul Bettany (Vision), think again. Turns out it's her twin brother Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who died in 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

With the fate of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch left uncertain at the end of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," Olsen said she doesn't know what's next for her in the MCU.

"I would love to know myself," she said. "Keep spreading rumors and maybe they'll hire me again."

Watch the video above to see Olsen discuss the benefits of giving up social media and gardening.

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