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Olsen Twins Give Up Acting To Pursue Fashion Careers

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Mar. 7 2012, Published 2:30 p.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - Reporter

While Elizabeth Olsen's acting career is just beginning to flourish, her older twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley have decided to give up life on the stage to focus on their passion for fashion.

"I don't have to be a pretty face. I've done that, but now it's important and liberating to be on the other side of the lens. I don't like to be the center of attention anymore," Ashley told Elle UK in their April issue.

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"It doesn't mean I'm not interested in Hollywood," she said. "I like the way it operates, I like the people who are involved and the sense of possibility. But if I ever get back in, it's not going to be as an actress."

According to, Ashley hasn't appeared on the big screen since 2004 when she starred in New York Minute with her sister Mary-Kate.

However, Mary-Kate lasted a little longer, doing 2011's Beastly and doing an episode of Samantha Who? in 2008, but told Elle UK that it "just felt right to move away from the spotlight."

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Mary-Kate and Ashley have since launched Elizabeth & James and The Row clothing lines and are hoping to capitalize on their couture fashion labels.

"Separate side projects are one thing, but we work better as a team," Mary-Kate said insisting that she and her twin sister will always work together.

But if you still need your Olsen fix, their 23-year-old sister Elizabeth has a slew of projects she's working on including 2011's Silent House, Very Good Girls with Dakota Fanning and Kill Your Darlings with Michael C. Hall and Daniel Radcliffe.



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