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Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen On Public Opinion: “Strangers Assume You Have Enough Money To Do Nothing!”

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are nearly inseparable. But the actresses turned fashion moguls left one another’s side just long enough to pose on individual covers for the December 2013 issue of Allure.

Inside the issue, the two designers of three highly successful brands, Elizabeth and James, Olsenboye, and The Row (who could forget their $39,000 alligator backpack?), did what they do best: finished each the other sister’s sentences.

“We still get the question,” Mary-Kate said. “The question of: ‘So do you like designing?’”

“‘How involved—’” Ashley began.

Her sister finished Ashley’s sentence, an Olsen habit: “‘How involved are you?’ It’s not like you wake up one day and have a huge company with four or five different companies within the companies not to mention our past and future.”

The 27-year-old twins famously rose to fame playing the role of Michelle Tanner on the classic 1980s television series Full House, but the dynamic duo decided to leave acting behind and focus on designing and education once they turned 18.  “I think people looked at us with the perception of ‘Oh, you just have everything. You can do whatever,’” Ashley explained. “Strangers assumed we had enough money to just do nothing—or why would we go to college? And it’s such an uneducated perspective! You still have to grow within business. You have to take a chance.”

Taking a chance is what finally led the dynamic duo to quit acting once and for all. “I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who were representing me, ‘I need to do things 100 percent,’” Ashley said. “I don’t feel like I can give you 100 percent of my time…There’s a lot of compromise in the entertainment industry. I can’t sit in this room and audition for this part.”

Mary-Kate concurred: “I am not great at not being able to control the end product.”

Go behind-the-scenes of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s shoot with Allure below and pick up the issue on newsstands on November 19.

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