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Ashley Olsen calls it quits as an actress

March 8, 2012 |  2:13 pm

Ashley Olsen is leaving acting for good

Ashley Olsen is bidding adieu to Hollywood -- at least when it comes to getting work as an actress.

This simply makes it official: Though acting made the Olsen twins famous, Mary Kate Olsen's twin sister hasn't starred in a film since 2004, spending her time developing fashion lines the Row and Elizabeth and James instead. And she's not looking back.

"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," Ashley Olsen told British Elle.

"But if I ever do get back in, it's not going to be as an actress."

The family thespian duties now fall in the capable hands of Mary Kate and Ashley's younger sister, Elizabeth -- well received for her breakout performance in last year's "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Ashley and Mary Kate have been sleeper hits in the fashion community, landing positive reviews for their chic womenswear and accessories.


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Photo: Mary Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen in June 2010. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images