“It was the first thing we shot. It was so nerve-racking and there was a lot of adrenaline,” Olsen said. “There were a lot of quick changes and it totally confused my brain … the idea of not playing to an audience but feeding off an audience and having a camera. I was really grateful when we added the fourth wall for our second episode.”
At least Olsen had some TV icons upon which she could base her performance: Mary Tyler Moore from The Dick Van Dyke Show and Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched. Olsen also noted that TV legend Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy was another big inspiration.
“I think [my performance] was an amalgamation of Mary Tyler Moore and Elizabeth Montgomery,” she explained. “I think I accidentally threw in some Lucy in the ’70s just because there was so much physical comedy.”
WandaVision drops on Disney+ with a two-episode premiere on January 15.