You may know Elizabeth Olsen primarily from her role as Marvel hero, Scarlet Witch. She serves in a league claimed to be the world’s mightiest protectors, The Avengers. Olsen has reached immense success through the movies and is clearly one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood. Now she has her very own show, Sorry for Your Loss.
The drama is all about talking about one of the most uncomfortable and vulnerable topics – death.
Olsen plays Leigh Shaw, who faces her husband’s death after three painful months. When she first read the script, she became immediately attached to it. “I was going through a life change at that time,” she said, “not [because of a] death, but a big transition. [But] it felt like a loss, and it felt like I could relate to this woman in a totally different level. And the more I thought about it, the more it just seemed like there was a little hole to be filled, [when it comes to] talking authentically about what loss is—it’s something that’s inevitable, that we all have to experience, and we don’t really have a comfortable conversation around it.”
You can watch the trailer below that Facebook Watch released on their Twitter.
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Kit Steinkellner felt the show needed to be created as it hit close to home. “There’s a flashback scene in the pilot,” she said, “in which Lizzie’s character wakes up in the middle of the night. Her husband is nowhere to be found, and she thinks the worst thing possible has happened. And that is very much based on a night in my life, a few months into my marriage. Everything turned out to be OK—it was just a miscommunication—but it really haunted me and I couldn’t shake it. I just started thinking about who that woman was that could survive this impossible thing. And the more I start to think about her, the more I fell in love with her, and the more I started to think about the people in her life, the more I fell in love with them too. It just sort of burnt a hole in my gut and I knew I had to write it.”
You can catch the first four episodes of the half-hour drama on Facebook Watch when it premieres on September 18. There will be 10 episodes in total for the series.