Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen: We Never Felt Like Actresses

Posted Thursday November 7, 2013 2:57 PM GMT

They’ve been in the public eye since the young age of nine months, but Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen reveal that they never really felt like it was right.

Though the uber-famous twins gained extraordinary wealth and success, the 27-year-old told Women’s Wear Daily that they are finished with Hollywood and ready to focus primarily on fashion.

“We were always hard workers as kids,” Mary-Kate tells WWD. “It’s just the way we are, the way we were raised. Our work ethic was everything, and that never left us. We like to work hard, and we like to try to do everything 100 percent. In fact, it’s actually almost impossible for us not to. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes not so much, but it’s learning.”

Mary-Kate and Ashley run Dualstar Entertainment Group, which manufactures various items including fragrances, in addition to their clothing brands like The Row and Elizabeth and James.

They’ve found what they are comfortable doing now, and admit that they never felt comfortable on set.

“With what we were doing in business when we were younger, I don’t think it ever felt like we were actresses — because we spent so much more of our time not in front of the cameras, building a brand," Mary-Kate continued.

“I always looked at myself, even as a kid, as a businesswoman,” Ashley added.

“We feel so fortunate to have each other, to have a dialogue,” Ashley explained. “Communication is key; it’s the most important thing in life. And Mary-Kate and I get to communicate all day long, on all sorts of subjects. It gets us to a more educated, thoughtful place, because we often come to things from different directions — although we want to get to the same space and have the same goal and vision. But that conversation is what gets us there.”

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