Yes, they may have been acting literally their entire adult lives, but 25-year-old starlets Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are about to call it quits in front of the camera to focus on their clothing labels — Elizabeth & James and The Row.

"I don't have to be a pretty face," Ashley told Elle UK. "I've done that, but now it's important and liberating to be on the other side of the lens. I don't like to be the center of attention anymore." Notably, Ashley has done less acting work in the past decade than her twin sister, last appearing in the 2004 New York Minute.

"I wanted to work on other things," Ashley went on to explain. "It doesn't mean I'm not interested in Hollywood. I like the way it operates, I like the people involved and the sense of possibility. But if I ever get back in, it's not going to be as an actress."

Sis Mary Kate, who has had roles on the Showtime hit Weeds and in the 2011 Vanessa Hudgens / Alex Pettyfer Beauty and the Beast adaptation, Beastly, also feels the same way. "It just felt right to move away" from that world, she said.

Maybe they're making way for their younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, 23, who appears to be taking Hollywood by storm with her critically acclaimed role in last year's Martha Marcy May Marlene, as well as in the current horror flick, Silent House, and five other movies set to come out before 2014.

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  • Allison Volpe
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    This news gives me the strongest urge to break out my VHS tapes of theirs to cope.I have many..

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