Ashley Olsen retires from acting

ashley-olsen-getty.jpgIn the words of Michelle Tanner, "This is nuts!" Ashley Olsen, who played the youngest Tanner on "Full House" along with her twin sister Mary-Kate, is retiring from acting.

In lieu of work in front of the camera, the 25-year-old plans to focus on her fashion lines with Mary-Kate, including The Row, Elizabeth and James (named for her sister and brother), and Olsenboye.

"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," Ashley says in April's Elle UK.

"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," she continues. "I don't have to be a pretty face. 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."

Which leaves room for another Olsen to be at the center of attention: little sister Elizabeth Olsen, who stars in horror flick "Silent House," out Friday (March 9).
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