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Elizabeth Olsen Insists She Has a "Normal" Family

USMagazine, Thursday, September 29, 2011, 6:39am (PDT)

Her sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley may have been child stars, but Elizabeth Olsen insists their megafame never affected their family dynamic.

"I consider myself very lucky to have such a normal family," the Martha Marcy May Marlene actress tells the October issue of Nylon.

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The 22-year-old, who attended a private school in Beverly Hills for 13 years, says she was surrounded by "super-creative" kids whose families just happened to have "floor seats for Lakers games."

"The weird thing is that everyone's family was a part of this industry," the actress says. "Everyone is always like, 'What have you learned from your sisters?' But it didn't really have to do with my sisters at all. Like, my best friend's father [Rick Baker] is a makeup-artist with seven Oscars! Another one of my friends, her family created Days of Our Lives."

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Despite growing up with sisters in the spotlight, Olsen praises her father, David, for keeping his children grounded.

"I have to attribute the way I have always looked at [work] to my father, because he was a really good influence on us," she explains. "It was always very important to him that his daughters be financially independent. He wanted us to know that we could take care of ourselves, because he never liked the idea of us needing a man."

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Having billionaire twin sisters doesn't hurt either. "Witnessing how my sisters can take care of themselves financially was a great model to have," she tells Nylon.

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