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).