1. Headline
  1. Headline
Image: Mary-Kate Olsen
Matt Sayles  /  AP file
Mary-Kate Olsen will portray an alluring Christian girl on Showtime’s “Weeds.” Her 10-episode arc begins Sept. 17.
updated 9/6/2007 1:32:32 PM ET 2007-09-06T17:32:32

You see a tabloid shot of Mary-Kate Olsen and think, “Why does she look so depressed?” Well, there’s a reason for that.

“I don’t want my picture taken,” the 21-year-old actress tells Entertainment Weekly magazine. “The only time I think it’s OK is at a red-carpet event or a photo shoot.

“So every time I see paparazzi, I cover my face so they don’t get a picture, and I’m just ‘the mean person who doesn’t smile.”’

Olsen, whose waiflike figure has made her a target of media scrutiny, avoids public displays of attention.

  1. More Entertainment stories
    1. Autistic ballerina dances her way into hearts

      In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin...

    2. Every on-screen drink in 'Mad Men' in 5 minutes
    3. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves
    4. Emmy's biggest snubs? Cranston, Hamm, more
    5. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom

“I would love to be able to swim in the ocean in Malibu,” she says. “But that is asking for a bikini shot. That’s inviting something that I don’t want to happen. I don’t need to be on a ‘Who’s Skinny, Who’s Fat, Who’s Looking Healthy, Who’s Not Eating?’ list.”

After a hiatus from acting, Olsen — who rose to fame on TV’s “Full House” in a shared role with twin sister Ashley — will portray an alluring Christian girl on Showtime’s “Weeds.” Her 10-episode arc begins Sept. 17.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings She also returns to the big screen in “The Wackness,” co-starring Ben Kingsley. The film is slated for release next year.

“There’s definitely been times in my life when I just turned to people and said, ‘I’m done, this is too much for me, this is too overwhelming,”’ Olsen says.

She’s in a healthy frame of mind these days.

“Mentally, physically, I feel pretty on top of my game right now,” Olsen says. “Talk to me next week, I don’t know. Today, I feel good.”

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Discussion comments


Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. @HillaryClinton/twitter

    Hillary Clinton: Granddaughter led me 'to speed up' political plans

    4/10/2015 3:58:42 PM +00:00 2015-04-10T15:58:42
  1. Courtesy Bryan Morseman

    Marathon dad's victories help raise money for son with spina bifida

    4/10/2015 5:54:50 PM +00:00 2015-04-10T17:54:50
  1. YouTube

    8 great celebrity impressions of other celebrities

    4/10/2015 6:44:22 PM +00:00 2015-04-10T18:44:22