Elizabeth Olsen's big fear? Water - thanks to 'Jaws'
February 29th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Elizabeth Olsen's big fear? Water - thanks to 'Jaws'

Elizabeth Olsen's upcoming thriller "Silent House," about a young woman (Olsen) who becomes trapped in her family's summer home, sounds plenty scary, and Olsen admits that filming it freaked her out a bit.

"It took a long time to wind down from this movie," Olsen said. "It was a lot," noting the fact that the movie is presented in real time, made to look like one continuous shot, which heightens the tension.

"It’s just a whole new way of watching an event," Olsen said. "It’s exciting to figure out how all of this fear and terror can happen in real time without any [obvious] camera tricks."

But it's actually water, the 23-year-old actress revealed, that terrifies her.

"I think it’s because I watched kind of every movie growing up as a kid - I was the youngest of four - [and] I loved these movies, but I do have a genuine fear of water because of 'Jaws.' That was definitely my first understanding of what sharks were...Just like my first experience with spiders was from 'Arachnophobia,' so [I'm] just totally scarred."

Spiders is another fear, but it sounds like Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic has left a lasting impact. Olsen says she won't even watch 2003's "Open Water," which was made by Chris Kentis, who co-directs "Silent House."

"I knew of the film when it came out cause my brother’s a huge fan of it, and he and I have very similar taste and I trust his judgment. But I won’t, I just won’t see it," she says. "'Cause I’m truly, genuinely - I wouldn’t be able to sit through it and probably [would] have to turn it off."

That being said, she "was excited to work with the people who made that terrifying film" to create "Silent House," which opens March 9.


soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Spunky Ned

    Silent House, Bouncy House is more like it.

    March 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    She's a lot cuter and less anorexic (and less doped up) than her older sisters.

    March 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madison

      Lets hope she stays that way. Yes, so much prettier and fresh faced than her sisters but all those movies and things her sisters did clearly took a toll on the way they look. The pressure to stay thin is causing so many young girls to get sick.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Smitty McGhee

    MMM, tasty... I want one...

    March 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beenz

    I grew up nowhere NEAR an ocean, and that movie freaked me out. Didn't even want to swim in a lake!

    March 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tatiana

    So this girl is sisters with Mary Kate and Ashley?

    March 1, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Guest

    Im surprised she doesnt have a fear of zombies(or at least anorexic older sisters)

    March 1, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. .•|•.

    Oh yes, can't help but think of Jaws when I'm by the ocean. That movie scared the h3ll outta me the 1st time I watched it!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adara

    I like thrillers/horrors and this is a movie I would like to see. Seems as thou it would be pretty good.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hey Tyler

    How ya like that trolling now? Do you have a little bit of understanding yet?

    February 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tyler

    I have a huge fear of spiders, too. I see one and I scream like a little girl- 'Mommieeeee'!

    February 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |

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