And being so public at such a young age forced the pint-sized stars to be disciplined in their work, which the former "Holiday In The Sun" and "Full House" stars admit wasn't that difficult for them."I think we're lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us," Mary-Kate says."We don't need so much time to sit and think and ponder.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, now 30, are opening up about their lives away from the public eye in a rare new interview with The EDIT magazine.
The designers of The Row and Elizabeth and James revealed to the fashion magazine that they're more comfortable these days behind the camera and not in front of it, off social media instead of on it and talking about their design process and not about their private lives.
(Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)LONDON - OCTOBER 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend a private party to celebrate the launch of Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen's in line range 'Elizabeth and James' at Selfridges, on October 7, 2008 in London, England. Benett/Getty Images)Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2007 - Jenni Kayne - Front Row and Backstage at The Salon, Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States.
(Photo by Jamie Mc Carthy/Wire Image for Jenni Kayne)NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Accessories designer of the year award recipients Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen of The Row attend the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. Walker/Wire Image) "When we were younger, being in the public eye was almost part of our role and responsibility -- to set the trends at the time or be ahead of fashion," says Mary-Kate.
Though their two labels have their own Instagram accounts, Mary-Kate and Ashley don't have any of their own social media profiles, much to the chagrin of their loyal fans."We don't dive into that world [of social media]; we don't have Instagram or Facebook," Ashley explains.
"So we've never been connected to our customers or our fans in that way.
But then I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don't have it, you have to look for it.
Or you get burned out and then you're not productive."Mary-Kate is married to frenchman Olivier Sarkozy, 47, who has two children with his ex-wife, Charlotte Bernard. The twins point to their absence from social media as one of the keys to their ability to be so productive.
Both of them withdrew from NYU the following year, a few months apart, and returned to California.
Also in 2005, Olsen ended her romance with Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. "It's a hurtful and a painful subject." When asked if there was a specific reason for her leaving NYU, she replied, "I think we can all guess."Sherpe, Gina.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Wire Image)NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the J.