Ten years on from their Hollywood retreat, the reason for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s departure from the acting world has finally been explained by the pair’s former longtime publicist, Michael Pagnotta.
Originally, Pagnotta told People earlier this week, the plan was simple.
“They came to New York and wanted to go to college,” he says.
Not to study acting or fashion – which the 30-year-old twins are now well known for thanks to their labels The Row and Elizabeth and James – but to see the world outside of Tinseltown.
“They’d been kind of hamster-wheeling their lives, and through the first year of college, when they got to NYU, they actually met people who had a different take on the world,” Pagnotta told the publication. “They maybe got a different sense of what their future might be. And maybe it wouldn’t necessarily be in acting.”
GALLERY: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen over the years. (Post continues…)