Ashley Olsen surprised she didn’t end up like Britney, compares childhood to Army


Ashley Olsen gave a great interview to Marie Claire in which she talks about style, her fashion empire, and Britney Spears. How’s Britney relate? Ashley’s talking about her childhood and how overly-regimented her life was as a result of being a child star. And she ends the discussion of her military-like existence by saying she’s surprised she didn’t end up like Britney Spears. Meaning all messed up.

The actress, who graces the cover of Marie Claire’s September issue, admits of the pressures of her childhood stardom: “I look at Britney, and I’m surprised I didn’t end up like her.”

Although she is, in fact, far more put together than the troubled pop star, Olsen did get pretty racy for the photo shoot – in one shot, she rocks nothing but a bra and panties. Between poses at her Greenwich Village townhouse, Ashley spoke about how far she’s come since her days as baby Michelle Tanner on “Full House” – days she doesn’t always remember fondly.

“[Growing up,] it was almost like I was in the Army,” she laments. “School, work, homework, fly to New York, get in at 2 in the morning, do a morning show at 5 a.m., then another one at 7, then a radio interview at 10.”

[From Marie Claire via the Daily News]

I don’t think the comment was meant as a passive aggressive insult. It’s sort of a given that Britney Spears’ childhood fame did a number on her as an adult. In a way, it could be construed as Ashley saying it’s just good luck or something. She doesn’t say anything like, “Well of course my parents helped keep me and Mary-Kate grounded.” She just says it was hard and exhausting as little kids, and she’s surprised she turned out alright. Really I’d say the comment is more of a slam on her parents than anything.

Ashley and Mary-Kate have received nothing but praise kudos for their fashion work and all of their lines are doing ridiculously well. Ashley’s managed not just to work here and there in show business when she wants to but also become immensely respected not just for wearing other people’s work but for designing her own. She says she gets why people were so fascinated with her and Mary-Kate’s style a few years ago when the twins first moved to New York.

“I think you’re either born with a sense of style or you’re not,” Ashley says in her small, soft voice, giving her knuckles a loud crack. “Either you care or you don’t. And we”—she and Mary-Kate—”love fashion. When we were going to NYU, I think that was the first time we were aware of the power of our personal style. Not the power of it, but the result of it. Between the big sunglasses and the Starbucks cup and the big sweaters, the hobo-chic thing, we were more shocked than anything”—by the endless commentary and tabloid coverage. “I get it; we were fortunate enough to have really nice clothes, and we put them together in this raggedy way.”

[From Marie Claire]

Ashlee definitely has an unusual style that’s all her own, and she can pull off looks the rest of us can’t. But she still seems to have a good sense of fashion that, while not high, per se, also isn’t quite for the masses. From most accounts Ashley is an exceptionally hard worker who runs a good deal of the business end of her companies with Mary-Kate. I’d say she didn’t just avoid the pitfalls of childhood stardom, she’s managed to use all of it to her advantage.

Thanks to Marie Claire for the pictures

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  1. Wench. says:

    Urgh, I ADORE the Olsens.

    And that giant mirror! Love that.

  2. Bill Hicks is God says:

    “…it was almost like I was in the Army,” she laments. “School, work, homework, fly to New York, get in at 2 in the morning, do a morning show at 5 a.m., then another one at 7, then a radio interview at 10 (build a bivouac, avoid enemy fire, shoot some enemies, see friends die in roadside bomb attacks, wash out socks in a puddle,be away from the ones you love)”

    Fahk off with your insipid army analogy you spoiled, insulated little splat of cat spew.

  3. princess pee says:

    I agree that she didn’t mean it as a slur against Britney. I think she is right, too. I remember a time some years back when everyone was watching for their breakdowns. And the sheer volume of work they produced as CHILDREN is astounding. They must’ve been working constantly to do it.

  4. Firestarter says:

    “Growing up, it was like the Army, blah, blah, blah” Give me a break, show business is far from the life of being in the Army! So you got up at 5am and did interviews throughout the day. Yes, that is exactly like the Army! I understand she was speaking about it being a regimented lifestyle, but hey, most kids are doing the same, but instead of interviews and making moivies, they are going to school and not getting paid millions of dollars.

    I get sick of celebrities trying to make out their lives are not easy. A difficult and regimanted life is getting up at 4am, commuting 2 hrs to work, working all day, commuting 2 hrs home, having dinner, going to bed and doing the next day, and wodering “Will I have a job tomorrow? Will I be able to support my family? Can I afford to send my children to college?” Get some real problems and call me.

  5. princess pee says:

    Oh Bill, you never cease to bring the venom. Is there any celeb you respect?

  6. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Celebs Princess Pee? Nope, not really. Artists, writers and musicians? Plenty of them.

    Her army analogy is a stupid and petulant little whine given there are troops overseas. I was just pointin’ that out.

  7. Mairead says:

    To be fair, she was talking about her routine as a kid.

  8. rop says:

    There is nothing cute about the Olsen twins and there never has been. I’m on board with “stop the whining.”

  9. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Bill Hicks, keep it coming.

    I always enjoy your posts…and this one was spot on.

  10. mandajamin says:

    um..if that is her house i want it.
    how do i become her friend so i can move in?

  11. Meaghan says:

    In the army comment, she meant her life was regimented, not that the work she did is comparable to the work the army does. She meant schedule wise, man ppl are ready to jump on ANYTHING

  12. Shannon says:

    “Olsen did get pretty racy for the photo shoot – in one shot, she rocks nothing but a bra and panties.”

    Are they kidding? I’m pretty sure my 80 year old grandmother wears more scandalous undergarments.

  13. Judy says:

    Well her parents made those 2 cry babies millonaires and didnt abscond with the hard earned money..

  14. Devries says:

    Ugh, stupid parasites.

    Their only accomplishment is selling overpriced rags to bored Manhattanites.

  15. Kaboom says:

    I’m sure Bill did all those things he describes before he was 12. That’s why he’s so bad-ass.

  16. Lem says:

    those doors
    the ceiling behind them

  17. Green Is Good says:

    Team Bill Hicks is God!

    The Olsen twins need to face facts: They’re never going to be sexy. They still look like little girls.

  18. Lucinda says:

    Whether the army analogy is a good or bad one, her point, and it’s accurate, is that they didn’t have a normal childhood. They were working almost their entire lives rather than being allowed to be just children. Yes, they have great material benefit as a result, but many never recover from losing their childhood.

  19. Beth says:

    Why is it that people take everything that a celebrity says so literally? I make analogies and exaggerations all of the time and nobody yells and curses at me for saying it. I don’t see this as an attack on Britney either. Ashley is just saying so many child stars end up as messed up adults. Britney is just the most recent example.

  20. Anastasia says:

    Well, I wouldn’t have used the Army analogy. I might have just said overly regimented. I doubt she was ever shot at.

  21. Aspen says:

    No, they don’t go through it at the age of 12…but many do go through it at 17-19. And guess what? They don’t come home millions of dollars and get to bitch about it during a photo shoot.

    So. She can suck it.

    Have her speak with farm kids and compare notes. The farmer’s kids get up at 0-dark-early, and they have a regimented childhood. No one gives them millions of dollars and excuses all their bad behaviors in adolescence.

    She’s ungrateful for the benefits she received, and she’s completely out of touch with reality if she believes her life has been a difficult one.

    You bet your ass military families and military members are sensitive to analogies like hers…whether she meant it or not.

    If she had any respect for or conscious realization of what people younger than she is are dealing with in the military today…she wouldn’t have made that analogy.

  22. Mary Woodsdale says:

    These are the best pictures of Ashley to date. She looks so sophisticated in all the shots except the one where she wearing only her bra and oversized granny pnaties. No will actually believes she wears something like that. She would look so much better in a demi bra and bikini or thong panties. She is sexy and she needs to look sexy and not fake. What do you all think about that bra and panties she is wearing?

  23. Magsy says:

    Just because Britney’s meltdown was public doesn’t mean the Olsen twins haven’t had their share of problems too. There were rumours of anorexia and drugs for a while but the Olsens just have always had better PR people and handlers, agents etc. Plus their celebrity wasn’t as large as Britney’s. What have the Olsen’s done in the past few years anyway, Britney had much more pressure to perform, make money etc. It’s unprofessional to mention another celeb like that anyway.

  24. spiceh says:

    Manhattanites are definitely not boring. It’s impossible to stay boring living in NYC. That being said, people have different taste in fashion.