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Elizabeth Olsen Explains Why Sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Don’t Indulge the Media With Interviews

The actress revealed their sisterly advice.


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As much as the general public may like to fancy ourselves well-versed in all things Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the truth is, we really don’t know everything. And that’s intentional. If you were to Google something as simple as “Mary-Kate and Ashley interview,” you might be surprised to see that results for the twins are pretty scarce, and the ones that are available are almost all boilerplate comments about their popular fashion lines. As younger sister Elizabeth Olsen now tells us, that’s exactly how they want it to be.

In a new interview for the cover of Modern Luxury, Elizabeth revealed how the duo helped shape her mindset in approaching the eternally present reporters and media circus. Specifically, her twin sisters told her that she shouldn’t overexpose herself in light of her growing fame—and that when she does choose to do an interview, she should always put a filter on what she says.

“I was not caring what I was saying [in interviews] because I’d assumed no one would read it,” Elizabeth said. “That’s when we’d have conversations. [Mary-Kate and Ashley] would say, ‘You know, even if you don’t think anyone’s going to read this article, someone might pull the quote later for [something else].’ It’s all part of how you hope someone interprets you, and how they frame who you are and the work you do. They’re very tight-lipped—notoriously so.”

With that advice bestowed on her, the Ingrid Goes West star now says she’ll never discuss her personal life or love life in the public eye again. “If it only involves me, then I’ll share it, but if it involves another party ever, then I won’t,” she explained. “I don’t want to tell anyone else’s story.”

What do you know, she’s a bona-fide Olsen twin now.

33 Years of Coordination Starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in West Hollywood, California, September 1994. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in New York, New York, January 1993. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in West Hollywood, California, July 2001. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, California, March 2002. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the premiere of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle in Hollywood, California, June 2003. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in Los Angeles, California, May 2004. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the 12th annual amfAR Gala in Cannes, France, May 2005. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York, New York, November 2006. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen front-row at Jenni Kayne during New York Fashion Week Fall 2007. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, New York, June 2007. Photo by Getty Images. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, both in Diane Von Furstenberg, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for “Superheros: Fashion and Fantasy” in New York, New York, May 2008. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate, in Lanvin, and Ashley Olsen, in Christian Lacroix, at the Elle Style Awards in London, England, February 2010. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the Metropolitan Opera premiere in New York, New York, March 2011. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in New York, New York, May 2014. Photo by Getty Images. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in The Row at the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” Costume Institute Exhibition Gala in New York, New York, May 2016. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen with Elizabeth Olsen, all in The Row, at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, New York, June 2016. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen arrive at “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum on May 1, 2017 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Studio in a School 40th Anniversary Gala at Seagram Building Plaza on May 3, 2017 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate attend WSJ Magazine 2018 Innovator Awards Sponsored By Harry Winston, FlexJet & Barneys New York at MOMA on November 7, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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