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Olsen cured of the acting bug

Ashley Olsen is unlikely to ever act again.

The 25-year-old star - who made her acting debut aged just nine months alongside her twin Mary-Kate in 'Full House' - hasn't appeared in a film since 2004's 'New York Minute' and has no plans to return in front of the camera.

Actress Ashley Olsen arrives at the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York June 15, 2009. Photo: Eric Thayer. Credit: REUTERS

She said: "We worked non-stop until we were 18. Then we decided to take a break and go to school - and that was when we decided to question whether we would carry on in entertainment.

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

Though Mary-Kate has made some film and TV appearances since 'New York minute' - including an eight-episode stint in 'Weeds' - she also thinks it "felt right" to step away from acting.

She said: "It just felt right to move away."

The pair now run a fashion empire and though their Dualstar Entertainment Group has over 30 full time staff, Mary-Kate and Ashley insist on being very hands-on with all of their business ventures.

Ashley told the new issue of Britain's Elle magazine: "We don't trust a lot of peope. We are perfectionists. We've always wanted to be closely involved with everything, totally hands on - that's why it works. If we step away, it stops working."

Mary-Kate added: "I know it sounds controlling, but that's how it has to be. It is a big responsibility - but we've been doing it for years." - Bang Showbiz

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