Mary-Kate Olsen Is Happy with Fashion as Her 'Day Job'

08/04/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

Courtesy Marie Claire

Mary-Kate Olsen may have grown up in front of the cameras alongside twin sister Ashley, but these days the former Full House star is more likely to be found immersed in fashion sketches than television roles. Since founding three successful and incredibly chic clothing lines with Ashley—including The Row, the lower-priced Olsenboye collection for JCPenney as well as Elizabeth and James—the September Marie Claire cover girl considers herself more of a designer than anything else. “I still read scripts, and if something great comes along, that’s great…but this is my day job. The Row is where I go every day,” she tells the magazine. The 24-year-old finds herself probably best known these days for her unexpected and always unique sense of style, which is as likely to land her on certain best dressed lists as other worst dressed lists. And while the actress is grateful for the opportunities her on screen childhood afforded her, it seems she wouldn’t trade her current situation for anything. “I look at old photos of me, and I don’t feel connected to them at all…I would never wish my upbringing upon anyone.” For more on Mary-Kate, check out or pick up the latest issue on newsstands August 10. —Jessie Goldberg

Courtesy Marie Claire

Add A Comment

Got something to add to this post? Fill out the fields below to make a comment, ask a question or share a tip. We'd love to hear from you.

Note: If this is your first time commenting on Style News Now, your comment will need to be approved by our moderator before it will appear. Thanks for your patience, and check back again soon.

Showing 54 comments

Style Statement With Exciting Fashion Accessories From Esprit | 生活因梦想而生! on

[…] Read more on People Magazine […]

Eliza on

When I was young around 5 or so Mary-Kate and Ashley were my favourite!

Tim on

A multimillionaire at 24 and wouldn’t wish her upbringing on anyone. Poor little rich girl! It’s not like she had to do hard labor or even think.

Lisa on

Its funny how no one see’s past money. The child was thrown into acting at TWO… really you think that having millions of dollors makes up for the fact that her child hood was completely removed from her life? Hmm… do you have kids?

Sure the money makes life easier financially, but can you imagine being as famous as these two are because your parents decided you should have no privacy??

Lauren on

Lisa, she was nine months old when she started acting. It’s funny she says she wouldn’t wish her upbringing on anyone when she & Ashley were millionaires when they were five years old! They always seemed like happy kids with a solid family support system. Considering how many worst dressed lists she’s been on I think she better stick to acting. Her new movie Beastly is coming out soon so she hasn’t given up acting forever.

C on

I agree…I wouldn’t wish anyone to have such a selfish view on life either.

Christi on

Uhm maybe she missed out on some of her childhood..big whoop? so did i and most people i had an alcoholic mother to take care of so i grew up quick..but for her to say that is a joke..if she did nt go threw whatever it is that was so bad she wouldnt have the money to do pretty much whatever she wants designer teams to make her collections . she would be a nobody so in the end a person in her position still wouldnt change a thing unless they werent happy now..and if she isnt… you have all the money in the world..get out of the ‘spot light’ and go do things ur still young…im making it up for it and it made me who iam… Go cry and act all emo depressed so into fashion chic.. Shes like a 50 year old bitter woman already. Pathetic cry baby.

Mabes on

Good for her!! Love her style!!

Ellen on

I’m sure children of Detroit’s 30% unemployment rate wish that she would wish her childhood, and future opportunities on them…to say it was 100% enjoyable is one thing, but disregard it as a means to an end which makes her very happy is ungrateful

Mary-Kate Olsen says being a fashion designer is "her day job" | on

[…] She has decided to become a fashion designer with the launch of her line “The Row” and “Elizabeth and James.” She said in the new “Marie Claire” issue, “I still read scripts, and if something great comes along, that’s great…but this is my day job. The Row is where I go every day,” reports People. […]

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Next | Show All

From Our Partners


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,510 other followers

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters