Besides the insane blizzard we're all trekking around in, how has this Sundance compared to last year's, when you were promoting Martha Marcy May Marlene?
"Last year was my first time talking about a movie ever, and I just didn't know how to do it! It was like a first everything. Now, after a year of doing press, I’m feeling a lot more confident and I know more of what to expect. So, it’s actually enjoyable."
Have you been able to hit the slopes with all of this fresh powder?
"I’m not good [at skiing], so no, I won't go. I don't think I'd make it off the lift! I’m afraid of heights, and all I’m thinking about is falling. You have to jump off of it and it keeps moving? What?! I don’t understand how people do that. I just have no desire."
"Well, I always wear leather pants — always from The Row, but today, I opted out for some cords instead. I live in New York, so I really just wear whatever I wear there, here."
Speaking of The Row, do you ever ask your sisters for styling advice?
"It’s funny to be asked that because I don’t live with them, and they don’t dress me. Like, I’m an adult, ha! If I need to go to some sort of an event, a premiere or something, I’ll ask Mary-Kate if I can go into her closet — they have a bunch of samples that I just grab up."
We can't imagine how much fun it must be to shop that closet — do you do it often?
"I used to do it a lot more, but I’ve overgrown them by a lot. I overgrew them in high school, and then all of my friends started getting their hand-me-downs. So I’ll be like “Hey Eliza, what is that dress?' to one of my best friends. And she'll say, 'Oh, its Mary-Kate’s, she’s getting rid of some stuff.' And I'm always like, 'Great, because I couldn’t fit into it!'"
What designers are you currently crushing on?
"Definitely Marni and Céline. I wore an orange floral Proenza Schouler dress that I was like obsessed with to the W magazine pre-Golden Globes party. I also love Isabel Marant; I don’t have anything of hers, but I love her. Some pieces of Carven fit me so well — it’s always nice to have that. Yeah, I actually think Carven is probably my top designer right now. I’m actually not very good with all this designer stuff. I just know basic ones."
How often are you in L.A. these days? What do you like to do when you're there?
"I’m actually waiting out the winter in L.A. right now. Last year’s winter in NYC was just way too cold. I just moved into a part-time home with my girl friend.
"I go by Lizzie every time I make reservation or meet people in a non-business way. I’ve started to introduce myself as Elizabeth in the industry, because people get confused about what to call me, and I get confused, too! But I’m going to use my legal name with everything for film."
What are your favorite places to shop in L.A.?
"I like Wasteland, I’m a total Wasteland person. I even sell my stuff there, but they are so freaking picky! I took Marni pants that didn't fit anymore, and they were like 'No, its not in season.' Every time I go there, I try and spend whatever I get paid. So, I’m at least breaking even!
"I’m not really big on cookbooks. I’m really good at finding recipes online, and kind of creating my own. I’m a big fan of Wylie Dufresne. I love gastronomy. I filmed my movie Red Lights in Barcelona, and that's kind of the center of molecular gastronomy. I had three days off, and I just got to eat! I would have the most extensive lunches by myself with the weirdest combinations, with foams and powders. I just loved that."
"I don’t have problems in either NY or L.A. I’ll have the occasional person be like 'you're in a movie, right?' In NY, you walk around, so you blend in. In L.A., they know where you live, but I’m a Valley kid, so I’m not on the other side of the hill a lot. You also just know where to go and where not to go."
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