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Posted Wed, August 4, 2010 5:57pm EDT

Mary-Kate Olsen: 'I Would Never Wish My Upbringing on Anyone'

The little girl who — along with her twin sister, Ashley — found fame before she could walk, doesn’t have very fond memories of being a child star.

The first time Mary-Kate Olsen appeared as Michelle Tanner on Full House, she was nine months old. For the next 17 years, she and her twin sister, Ashley, lived almost every moment of their lives on film and TV sets. Now, at 24, MK (who spends most of her time working on her fashion line, The Row), doesn’t have great memories of growing up in the public eye.

“I look at old photos of me, and I don’t feel connected to them at all…” she says in the new issue of Marie Claire, now on newsstands. “I would never wish my upbringing on anyone… but I wouldn’t take it back for the world.”

Mary-Kate talks freely about how she and sister Ashley were treated — she refers to them as “little monkey performers” — and what their relationship is like, saying, “Sometimes Ash and I have to bring each other back, or push each other more. It’s really helpful to have another half; we’re constantly checking in with each other.”

She is also open about her eating disorder, for which she was hospitalized in 2004, and that she’s learned to talk out her problems, rather than let them get out of control. “I think it’s really important to be able to talk when something’s wrong,” she says. “I learned at a really young age that if you don’t talk about it, it can drive you insane.”

It’s a lesson some other young stars could certainly learn, that’s for sure.