Kathryn Hahn on what Elizabeth Olsen taught her on WandaVision

Stepping into the world of Marvel can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned of actors — unless, of course, you have Elizabeth Olsen in a dirty Prius to guide you every step of the way.

At the introduction of Olsen as an award winner diversity‘s Power of Women in Los Angeles, presented by Lifetime, on Wednesday night, “WandaVision” co-star Kathryn Hahn shared how meaningful (and hilarious) Olsen’s guidance has been to her.

“She was my introduction to this Marvel family, and she very generously walked me through explosions and wires and stunts and found the truth in an X on a green screen — I was used to talking to other people,” Hahn joked at the beginning of her speech. “She was so patient with all my questions. Who is Ultron? What is that glove with all those gems on it?”

“When it was just the two of us working on the finals, our base camp had two cars,” she added. “It was my dirty minivan and her dirty Prius, and she said, ‘That’s it Not The Avengers, which I think really got her excited. She was very patient because it took me a good 40 minutes to get to ’10-1’…which in the movie business means urinating. I was wearing a lot of costume and had a very small bladder.”

She also shared stories about the gifts she and Olsen exchanged to keep each other happy in the early days of the pandemic: store-bought bread from Hahn and from Olsen, worms for composting, and a recording of an original song that ” was as utterly weird and hilarious and unique as [Hahn] ever dreamed of.”

But aside from the laughs they shared, Hahn says what really impresses her about Olsen is her “grace.”

“I was blown away by the way this woman was able to self-regulate with such focus and clarity and connection to herself for months,” she explained. “Anchored in calm under such pressure every day. I never saw it slip.”

“A friend recently told me this acronym called PAUSE: Postpone action unless composure arises. And Lizzie is the embodiment of that,” Hahn continued. “She won’t hit send. She will not judge prematurely. She cradles and holds both sides. She doesn’t talk shit. She is listening. She’s just holding on to her own space.”

Of Olsen’s work with Stuart House, a Rape Treatment Center program that Olsen later spoke to the audience about, Hahn said, “This has been, understatement of understatement, a terrible year for women in this country. And I see millions of young people connecting to the authenticity in Elizabeth Olsen. I feel really hopeful that they will look up to this woman, this woman using her powers for good. She will no doubt continue to do so in her own quiet, humble and honest way. And this private, sacred work that I just heard Elizabeth Olsen has done on behalf of these organizations is so powerful and I am so proud that it is being recognized.”

“To so many of us, that Scarlet Witch was just Lizzie all along,” Hahn concluded. “This decent and kind person who does the right thing for one person at a time.”

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