‘Fuller House’ Tried to Recruit Elizabeth Olsen to Play Michelle, Says John Stamos

     January 4, 2016


Most of the beloved actors from the TV series Full House are returning for the resurgence on Netflix. Two notable gals who aren’t, however, are the Olsen twins. The actresses, who’ve taken a break from acting, portrayed the young and lovable Michelle. According to John Stamos, aka Uncle Jesse, Netflix tried to get them to come back for Fuller House, and when it didn’t work out, they reached out to their other sister.

Stamos spoke about the upcoming series on The Howard Stern Show and claimed Mary-Kate and Ashley did not return alongside their former co-stars because they were afraid of returning to acting.


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Here’s what he said,

They seemed very into [Fuller House]; they just were afraid of acting. They hadn’t acted; they don’t consider themselves actresses.

Mary-Kate’s last role was in 2011’s Beastly, the Beauty and the Beast adaptation featuring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer. Ashley, meanwhile, has been off-camera for longer; she had an uncredited role in the Casey Affleck-directed, Joaquin Phoenix-led I’m Still Here in 2010. Lori Loughlin, who plays Aunt Becky in Fuller House, confirmed the twins were not present for filming on the first season, while executive producer Robert L. Boyett addressed the matter in a statement. Apparently, Netflix still tried to get at least some Olsen power in the form of Elizabeth Olsen.


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Speaking to Andy Cohen in a separate interview for Sirius XM’s Radio Andy, Stamos said:

We actually went to…I don’t think this has been talked about. I didn’t do it, I think [executive producer] Jeff Franklin did. I said, ‘Call the sister. Ask her.’ We talked to her agent and her agent was like, ‘Come on, she’s not going to do that.’ But we did call her agent.

Elizabeth landed the role of Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having made her debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron and will return for Captain America: Civil War. So, yeah, she clearly has her own thing going.

Fuller House will debut on Netflix February 26th.


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