Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Say They’ve Quit Acting

By: / March 7, 2012

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It’s the end of an era! So claim Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, anyway.

In a brand-new interview with ELLE UK, the twins spoke candidly about their many years in the business – specifically Ashley, who revealed what led her to ultimately hang up her acting shoes for good.

“We worked non-stop until we were 18. Then we decided to take a break and go to school — and that was when we decided to question whether we would carry on in entertainment,” she told the magazine (via The Huffington Post).

“It was time to step behind the process. I wanted to work on other things. It doesn’t mean I’m not interested in Hollywood, I like the way it operates and the people who are involved and the sense of possibility. But if I ever do get back in, it’s not going to be as an actress,” she said.

Ashley’s twin sister Mary-Kate also admitted that she no longer has the acting bug, despite a recent string of roles in everything from Weeds to Beastly.

“[It] just felt right to move away [from the spotlight],” she said.

Mary-Kate & Ashley, who are the brains behind the luxury fashion line The Row, rose to fame on the ’80s sitcom Full House, in which they played the youngest member of the Tanner family, Michelle. Their last film together was the 2004 bomb New York Minute.

Their younger sister, Elizabeth, is currently a budding movie star, and will appear this Friday on the big screen in Silent House.

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