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Surprising facts about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

June 13 and most millennial women know what that means: It’s the Olsen twins’ birthday.

Any true fan of the super-famous and super-private sisters doesn’t need the fun club kit to remind them of the fact that Mary-Kate andAshley Olsen turn 33 , ringing in another year of rare public appearances and impossibly chic street style that has Instagram salivating.

Surprising Facts You Might Not Know About Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

While many people can’t tell them apart, Mary-Kate and Ashley are not identical, but fraternal: Mary-Kate is one inch taller than her sister and is left-handed, while Ashley is right-handed. (Ashley is two minutes older too, FYI.)

There was a simple reason Mary-Kate and Ashley jointly landed the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House when they were just nine months old: they didn’t cry during the audition. But that didn’t mean they didn’t cry during filming, with John Stamos once admitting that he almost got the girls fired.

After Full House, the Olsens actually went on to star in two of their own TV series in addition to their uber-successful direct-to-DVD movie empire. Two Of a Kind was part of the TGIF line-up from 1998-99, though it was canceled due to low ratings.

New York Minute, just the twins’ second theatrical release after 1995’s It Takes Two, would end up being Mary-Kate and Ashley’s final film together, earning a disappointing $14 million when it was released in 2004. In fact, the movie would serve as Ashley’s final acting credit ever, with Mary-Kate going on to appear in the TV series Weeds before making her final on-screen turn in 2011’s Beastly.

In 2004, the sisters faced a major decision: Make their Saturday Night Live hosting debut or attend their senior prom. They ended up choosing NYC’s most famous stage over a high school student’s biggest night, with Mary-Kate saying, “I didn’t realize they were the same night until someone asked me what I was going to wear. That’s when I was like, ‘It’s the same night! Oh no, what are we going to do?’ A few seconds later, I said, ‘SNL, of course.'”

The Hills star Spencer Pratt once bragged about selling a photo of Mar-Kate drinking at a party when they attended the same high school, telling Details magazine in 2007 that he made $50,000. In 2008, Mary-Kate would infamously describe him as “wormy” and “oily” during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Since a young age, Mary-Kate has been an avid horseback rider, even going on to ride competitively (most recently competing in May 2019). “I was six when I first fell in love and it was with a pony named 4×4,” Mary-Kate revealed in her HITS rider profile. “Having horseback riding as an outlet was super important because it allowed me to have another life and outlet outside of work and school.”

When Ashley and Mary-Kate launched their high-end fashion line The Row in 2006, initially inspired by Ashley’s determination to create the perfect white t-shirt. They chose the name The Row—”an anonymous name loosely derived from Savile Row, the home of British tailoring,” per Vogue, to avoid the stigma around celebrity clothing lines.

In 2007, they launched their second line, Elizabeth and James, and while most people believed it was named after their siblings, younger sister Elizabeth Olsen and older brother James “Trent” Olsen, MK told WWD, “We wanted it to be based on a relationship between a young girl and a boy and tell the story through clothing.”

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