Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen began working when they were literally still in diapers.
The two California natives were 9-months-old when they first set foot on a TV set — that set just happened to be ABC’s “Full House.”
From there, their careers continued to foray into superstardom, and by the time they were 12-years-old, they owned a retail line reportedly worth $1 billion per year.
Mary-Kate and Ashley were everywhere — starring in their own films like “New York Minute” and “It Takes Two,” promoting their own projects, and, most notably, speaking to the press.
But around the time they revealed they’d be attending college at NYU in 2004, the girls began retreating from all the fame and popularity. Mary-Kate voluntarily admitted herself into rehab for anorexia, and along with her sister, she remained tight-lipped about the issue.
Even in 2008, when it was revealed that the masseuse who found actor Heath Ledger dead in his apartment notified Mary-Kate first — even before 911 — she still didn’t publicly comment on the matter, leaving it a mystery to this day.
Since then, though the twins have successfully branched into the fashion world, they rarely, if ever, discuss anything other than business in the public eye.
Why the radio silence?
According to their younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, who’s now breaking into Hollywood herself, it’s because they think ahead.
During a recent interview with Modern Luxury, Elizabeth relayed the advice her big sisters gave to her about being a public figure, and it seems to explain everything about their own demeanor:
“They’re very tight lipped — notoriously so — and I was not caring what I was saying [in interviews] because I’d assume no one would read it. That’s when we’d have conversations. They’d 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].'”
They emphasized that everything Elizabeth, or anyone, reveals to the public will affect them one way or another in the future:
“It’s all part of how you hope someone interprets you, and how they frame who you are and the work you do.”
And Elizabeth, like most good little sisters, listened. Since her Hollywood debut in 2011, she’s made sure to keep an even keel when speaking in the public eye — if not for her sisters, then for everyone around her:
“If it only involves me, then I’ll share it, but if it involves another party ever, then I won’t. I don’t want to tell anyone else’s story.”
Though Elizabeth is already proving to be a little more comfortable in the spotlight than her famous big sisters — especially because she’s active on social media — she definitely has taken note that sometimes in Hollywood, less is more.