Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen give rare interview about their lives out of the public eye

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, now 30, are opening up about their lives away from the public eye in a rare new interview with The EDIT magazine.

The designers of The Row and Elizabeth and James revealed to the fashion magazine that they're more comfortable these days behind the camera and not in front of it, off social media instead of on it and talking about their design process and not about their private lives.

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"We're used to being on the other side of the camera and managing the process, so it's hard for us to do photo shoots now," Mary-Kate says. "That's why you have models."

The twins, who were once the most in-demand movie stars in the world, retreated from celebrity culture around the time they were in college at NYU. Since then, they've ceased starring in films and, instead, have focused exclusively on their successful fashion brands. Because of that shift in focus, the Olsens rarely talk about their private lives.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Designer Mary-Kate Olsen (L) and designer Ashley Olsen attend Elizabeth and James Flagship Store Opening Celebration with InStyle at Chateau Marmont on July 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Elizabeth Olsen (center) and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE PREMIUM RATES APPLY) Guest, Ashley Olsen, Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen attend New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen is seen in Soho on September 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen is seen in Soho on September 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: (Exclusive Covrage) Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are seen walking in Soho on August 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsens are seen in Soho on September 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen pose on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend 'China: Through the Looking Glass' 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Gala - red carpet arrivals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Designers Mary-Kate Olsen (L) and Ashley Olsen speak onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Ashley Olsen, Jim Gold and Mary-Kate Olsen attend 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Designers Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Elizabeth and James SEPHORA VIB ROUGE Event on March 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend the Lexus Design Disrupted Event at SIR Stage 37 on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
SAG HARBOR, NY - AUGUST 16: Actress Ashley Olsen attends the 3rd Annual 'The Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink' Benefit on August 16, 2014 in Sag Harbor, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Indiana Pacers Vs New York Knicks Game at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the J. Mendel Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The Fresh Air Funds Salute To American Heroes at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Christian Louboutin Cocktail party at Barneys New York on November 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Mary- Kate Olsen (L) and Ashley Olsen attend the 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
Actress/designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The Cinema Society & Thierry Mugler screening of 'Midnight in Paris' at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on May 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen arrive at the Elle Style Awards 2010 held at The Grand Connaught Rooms on February 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17: It was easy to tell the Olsen twins apart at a MoMA benefit: Mary-Kate went for demure, while Ashley rocked a leopard print! (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend a private party to celebrate the launch of Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen's in line range 'Elizabeth and James' at Selfridges, on October 7, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2007 - Jenni Kayne - Front Row and Backstage at The Salon, Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Jenni Kayne)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Accessories designer of the year award recipients Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen of The Row attend the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/WireImage)
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"When we were younger, being in the public eye was almost part of our role and responsibility -- to set the trends at the time or be ahead of fashion," says Mary-Kate.

And being so public at such a young age forced the pint-sized stars to be disciplined in their work, which the former "Holiday In The Sun" and "Full House" stars admit wasn't that difficult for them.

"I think we're lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us," Mary-Kate says. "We don't need so much time to sit and think and ponder. But then I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don't have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you're not productive."

Mary-Kate is married to frenchman Olivier Sarkozy, 47, who has two children with his ex-wife, Charlotte Bernard. Ashley is dating art dealer Richard Sachs, 58.

The twins point to their absence from social media as one of the keys to their ability to be so productive. Though their two labels have their own Instagram accounts, Mary-Kate and Ashley don't have any of their own social media profiles, much to the chagrin of their loyal fans.

"We don't dive into that world [of social media]; we don't have Instagram or Facebook," Ashley explains. "So we've never been connected to our customers or our fans in that way. We've stayed quite sheltered."

Read Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's full interview with The EDIT -- and see new photos of the twins -- here.

See photos of the Olsen twins throughout their careers:

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen style transformation
1991
At five years old, the Olsen twins sport matching floral outfits and frilly socks. 
1992
The Olsen twins stand arm in arm, wearing lacy tiered dresses. 
1993
Hand in hand like true BFFs, the twins wear adorable straw hats and sandals for their day in the sun.
1993
The twin youngsters hit NYC in nautical-inspired looks topped off with adorable red bows.
1994
Mary-Kate and Ashley wear cute as can be adorable floral headpieces.
1995
The twin take to the It Takes Two red carpet wearing matching oriential-inspired floral dresses.
1996
Mary-Kate and Ashley attend the 9th Annual Kids Choice Awards in all black and their favorite: floral.
1998
Mary-Kate and Ashley take their first fashion risk and don shiny suits on the red carpet.
1998
The twins wear complementary red and blue.
1999
The twins (growing up fast!) wear pastels and matching black jackets and purses on the red carpet.
2001
The twins may have stopped matching their clothes, but that doesn't mean they still don't like the same style. The two wear all black as they walk down the red carpet.
2002
And, we're back to matching! The Olsen twins wear complementary black dresses at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
2003
The twins show their love for tropical flavor with bright colors and floral patterns.
2003
The twins go for bold eye makeup to complete their red carpet look.
2004
Mary-Kate and Ashley wear their hair long and free.
2004
The twins hit the Kids Choice Awards orange carpet with sun-kissed glow.
2004
The twins are honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in short high heels and flowing dresses.
2004
Fresh faced and smiling, the twins go for loosely fitted dresses.
2005
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen begin attending New York Fashion Week, sporting clearly defined and independent styles.
2005
Mary-kate and Ashley attend the amFAR "Cinema Against AIDS" Gala with two radically different hairstyles.
2005
The Olsen twins attend the Met Gala with two looks that couldn't be more different.
2006
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen love their flowing sheer dresses.
2006
The twins rock beachy hair, tanned skin, and casual looks at a charity event.
2006
Red lipstick gives the two sisters a pop of color for their dark dresses.
2007
The twins attend New York Fashion Week in full on high-fashion glamour.
2007
Mary-Kate and Ashley go with a smoky eye at the CFDA Fashion Awards
2008
The twins wear oversized dark sunglasses at the Chanel runway show.
2008
With a cutout dress for Ashley and metallic gold for Mary-Kate, the twins are ahead of the trend game at the MET Gala. 
2009
Sunny blonde hair gives the twins a perfect summer glow.
2009
The Olsen twins add a pop of color to their black and white outfits with patterned and bright colored clutches.
2010
The twins don flowing, angelic dresses on the red carpet.
2010
The twins love to pair starkly contrasting black and white in their outfits.
2010
Black on black on black is the twins' high-fashion motto.
2011
Sunglasses inside? The Olsen twins can get away with breaking any style rule they'd like because they still look fabulous.
2011
The twins haven't stopped matching! Their twin purses are as cute as can be.
2012
The twins have never let go of their most iconic look: flowing loose-fitted dresses.
2012
The twins rock chic black sunglasses to complement their all-black outfits.
2012
Who can wear sunglasses inside and get away with it? Mary-Kate and Ashley can wear sunglasses inside and get away with it. 
2012
The twins look more grown up than ever with fully developed and sophisticated personal style.
2013
The twins have lost their indoor sunglasses look, but have returned to their go-to: all-black!
2013
At an Estee Lauder event, sporting bags of their own design. 
2014
Posing in casual attire at the Elizabeth and James fragrance launch event. 
2013
Mary-Kate cozies up to fiancee Olivier Sarkozy. 
2013
Ashley takes Olivier's usual spot at the game. 
2014
Posing on the CFDA red carpet, just before winning their awards for Accessories Designers of the year. 
2014
Looking ultra-chic in Paris. 
2014
Looking regal at the Met Gala. 
2015

Wearing their style uniform: all black, at the CFDA Awards.

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

2015

Channeling the gothic at the 2015 Met Gala.  

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

2017

Looking ultra chic with their sister Elizabeth.

(Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle)

2016

Rocking black and gold at the 2016 Met Gala.

(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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