Where Are the Olsen Twins Today?
It’s been a while since the Olsen twins have appeared on the small screen. Since quitting acting in the early 2000s, the two women have kept a relatively low profile, even when the universe wanted to pull them back into the spotlight (hello Fuller House and college admissions scandal).
But recently, Hulu announced that many of the twins’ older movies are set to be released by the network this year, capitalizing on all that is 90s nostalgia. So, just what have Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen been up to recently?
The Olsen twins are notoriously protective of their privacy
The Olsen twins made a rare public appearance at Youth America Grand Prix’s 20th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center in New York City. Their appearances at these events are so rare that the simple fact that they attended was worthy of the biggest magazines covering. And it’s no accident that the two stay out of the public eye.
The sisters have intentionally chosen to keep out of the spotlight and maintain a sense of privacy. Neither of them has a social media account and that’s not something they intend to change.
Mary-Kate told Vogue in 2013, “We’ve spent our whole lives trying to not let people have that accessibility, so it would go against everything we’ve done in our lives to not be in the public.”
Ashley added that the thought of having a Twitter account gives her anxiety.
They weren’t always so private
Back in the late 90s, the Olsen twins seemed to be everywhere. Not only were they starring on one of the most popular shows on television, they also created their own media empire. Dualstar Entertainment was created in 1993. The production company created dozens of films starring the girls in cute, straight to video movies.
In addition to their acting endeavors, the girls also branched into retail. The girls once said that they found it difficult to find stylish clothes that would actually fit them. So, they decided to start their own fashion line.
By their early teens, their designs (as well as hundreds of Mary-Kate and Ashley branded products) were sold in stores worldwide.
Their childhood passion turned into a full-fledged career
In 2006, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen founded the fashion brand The Row. They are proud to be 100% owners of the company. The brand features high-end designs and caters to an older audience.
In addition to The Row, the women are also owners of Elizabeth and James. Elizabeth and James features more affordable pieces. The twins just signed a deal to sell the brand exclusively at Kohl’s, beginning this holiday season. Of the deal, Ashley said:
“We have always seen Elizabeth and James speaking to a much larger audience and this new business model with Kohl’s will allow us to achieve that. Mary-Kate and I are excited to work with them building out additional lifestyle categories and curating spaces that will bring a new shopping experience to our customer.”
What are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen doing now?
The young women have not appeared on screen since Mary-Kate’s 2011 role in Beastly. Their fashion line has kept them busy, with an insider telling E! That the two are very active in the company. But the two have learned something from having such a busy and demanding childhood. They have learned to take care of themselves.
Ashley is currently dating Los Angeles based artist Louis Eisner. Mary Kate married businessman Olivier Sarkozy in 2015. Sarkozy has two children who Mary Kate helps raise.
She says that she makes sure she has time to go home and spend time with her family and do things that she enjoys, “You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don’t have it, look for it. Or you get burned out and then you’re not productive.”