Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen: Tammie Arroyo/AP
Gary Susman
April 07, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen going their separate ways? They’re still promoting their upcoming movie together (”New York Minute,” opening May 7), appearing on magazine covers together (most recently, Allure), and even heading off to college together (to New York University), but there are a few signs that the twin teen tycoons are ready to go solo. For one, their publicist has issued a statement asking the media to stop referring to them as a single entity, the ”Olsen twins,” and to refer to them by their own names. Also, Mary-Kate recently dyed her hair brunette — so now you have no excuse for not being able to tell them apart.

It could be a while before the 17-year-olds start working on separate projects, but Ashley told TV’s ”Entertainment Tonight” that she’s looking forward to doing her own thing, ”when we’re older, because we can’t do twin movies forever. I’m sure it will be strange, but it will be a good experience.” Ashley didn’t say whether she’ll continue acting while she’s earning a degree, but Mary-Kate said, ”I’m going to try and do both. We want to get comfortable with the situation and see what we can handle and take on.”

No word on whether Ashley is still smarting over Mary-Kate’s being nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2002 (for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series, for ”So Little Time”) while Ashley was passed over.

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