Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been household names for nearly three decades now, but you won’t be seeing the former child stars back on the small screen any time soon.
In a new interview with WWD, the sisters reveal that, since finding success in the fashion world, they have no intention of returning to the entertainment industry.
“We were always hard workers as kids,” said Mary-Kate of the sisters’ days playing Michelle Tanner on Full House and their subsequent multimillion-dollar direct-to-video movie career. “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.”
Adds Ashley, “I always looked at myself, even as a kid, as a businesswoman.”
Despite their youth — the girls started on Full House at just nine months of age and founded their own production company, DualStar, at age six — the pair never fully committed to stardom.
“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,” says Mary-Kate.
The girls, who are trying to sell a compilation video of all of their past work, say that their lives are still very much intertwined with everything Hollywood, although they no longer care to participate.
“It's been fun talking to these people we used to be in business with many, many years ago. But the industries are completely different," says Ashley.
"We still feel welcome in the [entertainment] industry,” adds Mary-Kate. “But it's not the one we're in."