ashley olsen getty Ashley Olsen retires from actingIn the words of Michelle Tanner, “This is nuts!” Ashley Olsen, who played the youngest Tanner on “Full House” along with her twin sister Mary-Kate, is retiring from acting.

In lieu of work in front of the camera, the 25-year-old plans to focus on her fashion lines with Mary-Kate, including The Row, Elizabeth and James (named for her sister and brother), and Olsenboye.

“We worked non-stop until we were 18. Then we decided to take a break and go to school — and that was when we decided to question whether we would carry on in entertainment,” Ashley says in April’s Elle UK.

“It was time to step behind the process. I wanted to work on other things. It doesn’t mean I’m not interested in Hollywood, I like the way it operates and the people who are involved and the sense of possibility. But if I ever do get back in, it’s not going to be as an actress,” she continues. “I don’t have to be a pretty face. I’ve done that, but now it’s important and liberating to be on the other side of the lens. I don’t like to be the center of attention anymore.”

Which leaves room for another Olsen to be at the center of attention: little sister Elizabeth Olsen, who stars in horror flick “Silent House,” out Friday (March 9).

Posted by:Jennifer Harper