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

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SusiQ on

Ha. . Ha. . Ha. .oh, wait, that’s not supposed to be a joke, is it?

Maurine on

If she hadn’t been an actress, she wouldn’t be a designer now and wouldn’t be able to sketch for her day job. What was so horrible about her childhood?

Rachel on

I think Mary-Kate should be entitled to her own opinion. I completely agree with her. Why do people have to bash everything celebrities say? Who cares that she feels that way. I think its most important to do what you love to do in life. If she feels that way then who cares. I think she is smart, and talented and I completely see where she’s coming from.

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Britini95 on

Mary Kate and Ashley’s personal sense of style isn’t too great, but thier line, Olsenboye, has amazing peices. And the picture with the red boots is really nice. And I agree with all of those who said its not about money and that money isn’t all you need for happiness. She probably never got to be a kid. Going to work 6 days a week from early moring until late at night, never knowing who is REALLY your frien, it had to be stressful. All she said was “I wouldn’t wish my upbringing on anyone” not “My life was SO hard!” Yeah having money made her life easier as she got older, and her fame opened many doors for her, but do 6 year olds with no free time and no real friends care about thier millions? NO! has . But I agree, its not a good idea to complain publically, its just kind of annoying. We have/ had problems.

SuZQ on

How can these girls even say ohhh poor us. The child labor laws state they could be in the studio for 2 hours at 6 mths to 2 years and only during specific hours and HOW MUCH were THEY working at that age??? 6-9 yrs 4 hours work, 3 hours school, 1 hour play. 9-16 yrs 5 hours work, 3 hrs school, 1 hour play and 16-18 6 hours work. Most of us went to school for longer during the day than that and didn’t make money for it. Boo hoo hoo – cry me a river

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Samantha on

Mary-Kate and Ashley had it tough. so have many people. mary-kate doesnt wish what she felt, what she went through in her eyes. people who have to grow up to quickly and become responsible wouldn’t want people to go through what they did. people feel different. people go through things different. people who want to be her because of the fame and/or money can want what they want. but did you ever think that maybe, not just mary-kate but others, would give it up to be in those people’s places? not that it will change anything, but its a “what if”. what if i could have money. what if i could have family. what if….

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