Ashley Olsen won’t do Fuller House as she doesn’t ‘feel comfortable acting’

The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards

More Fuller House news! Shocked? Me too, because it’s Fuller House; who knew it was going to be this exciting? The cast of Fuller House covers this week’s issue of People Magazine. People offers up some Olsen Twin news. I am mesmerized by The Twins. Not in an I-think-they-are-wonderful-people way but in a weird-fascination-with-people-who-move-outside-regular-society-in-their-own-strange-bubble kind of way. As I mentioned at the end of the John Stamos post, the Twins gave him a “no” to coming back for Fuller House. Sure we had an answer then but now we have an answer, at least, that’s what People says:

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who portrayed Michelle Tanner on Full House from 1987 to 1995 beginning when they were 9 months old, are not returning to the spinoff series (streaming on Netflix Feb. 26) for a couple of reasons.

“Ashley said, I have not been in front of a camera since I was 17 and I don’t feel comfortable acting,” executive producer Bob Boyett tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Mary-Kate said, It would have to be me because Ash doesn’t want to do it. But the timing is so bad for us.”

Production conflicted with the 29-year-old twins’ schedule as designers of The Row and Elizabeth and James, Boyett adds. (The show plays upon their real-life career, explaining that Michelle is absent from the first episode’s family reunion because she’s busy running her fashion empire in New York.) PEOPLE’s requests for comment from the Olsens were not returned.

Despite some initial disappointment, the cast tells PEOPLE they understand the twins’ reluctance to join the show.

“Lori [Loughlin] was talking to me about the twins and said, ‘They just won a CFDA award.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s like winning an Oscar.’ It was them and Tom Ford. I get where they’re at,” John Stamos tells PEOPLE.

[From People]

I don’t get where they are at, John! You can’t just expect me to move on without Michelle. Who will give me that sassily exaggerated eye roll? Who will offer a cherished stuffed animal when some real crisis befalls the Tanner clan? Who will ask existential life questions in an endearing toddler-lisp and pig-tails? Fine, “she’s” in New York managing her empire of ridiculously priced purses and marrying older Frenchman in cigarette-themed weddings, whatever.

There was even more drama behind the scenes. When someone dropped the ball and forgot to call The Twins on their Twin Phone, it got ugly. They said they were never asked. John used his potty mouth to call b*!!$h!t and Things.Got.Tense. I mean like Kimmy flirted with DJ’s date tense. Don’t fret, things always get resolved by the time the credits roll. John called MK and they straightened everything out over baklava and Marlboros. *Sigh*

I wish the spin-off well, I do. But until Alanis Morissette storms in demanding Uncle Joey’s head and Danny tells his version of The Aristocrats during Jesse and Becky’s anniversary party, I’m out. Just pretend I am in New York with Michelle sucking in my cheeks and telling Anna Wintour to tone down her sunny disposition.


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  1. Palar says:

    I can’t believe those two are only 29.

  2. peanut says:

    Haha is she wearing slippers on the red carpet? Amazing.

  3. NewWester says:

    Have Alanis Morisette move in next door, as Joey’s ex girlfriend. That would be worth watching!

  4. Red32 says:

    Michelle was annoying. There I said it.

  5. Esther says:

    the twins always look like every second they exist is in immense pain.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I never watched a full episode of the original and can’t imagine why they are trying to revive it.

    • bluhare says:


      And I don’t know why they say they are uncomfortable acting when they strike those awful (and uncomfortable looking) poses for photographers. Pretentious twits.

    • why not says:

      I did love it as kid and even later as a guilty pleasure. Even though I’m a pretty cynical person and by no means a super fan, I think it’s an entertaining, although obviously totally crappy, show.

      I’m an elementary teacher and I was surprised to find out how many kids today still watch and know everything about every episode. I’ve had so much fun chatting and joking around with my students about Full House. So, I can see why they want to revive it (besides the obvious; money). They have the market of the old “fans” like me and a whole new generation.

      To be clear though, I’m interested in checking it out just to see what’s up but by no means will I be watching what is sure to be cringe inducing tv on any regular basis. At the same time, I kinda wish my daughter was older and we could watch it together.

  7. Momoko says:

    Uncle Joey looks absolutely creepy with his hands over Kimmy…And, I hated Michelle, she reminds me of brats that have no discipline instilled by parents. She would have been a big time a-hole as an adult..

  8. Talie says:

    The cast seems deluded on the subject of the twins. Lori is the only one who seemingly has a straight-head about it. John can’t seem to grasp that they are beyond the show in such a big way.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      The Fuller House cast is a group of actors who are no longer in demand trying to reclaim their glory days. The Olsens don’t need that. Maybe they aren’t the household names they were ten years ago when they were acting (and that’s probably how they want it,tbh), but they’ve built an empire. The twins are very wealthy and have several well-respected fashion lines. Doing the show would be like slumming it for them, IMO.

  9. Shambles says:

    I can understand why they wouldn’t want to reprise such a role. Their best work was “Our Lips are Sealed.” Or maybe “Winning London.” Fine art, pure and simple.

  10. Louise177 says:

    I know they are hated for not doing the show but they haven’t acted in years. They moved on from it. It seems unfair for them to do something they no longer care about. Besides they are still friendly with the cast since the show has ended. There’s plenty of photos of them with other castmates over the years.

  11. Div says:

    There were photos of them hanging out with Bob Saget recently so I don’t think there are any hard feelings. Bob also said they keep in touch even if he wasn’t invited to the wedding (which sounded pretty small anyway). I’m not into their line but I have to admire how they’ve made Elizabeth & James and The Row a real success story.

  12. Loopy says:

    I have to respect the fact that they are mega rich child stars, but they live their lives in such a unique non fame whorey way.

  13. Jay says:

    I wonder if they’ll try approaching Elizabeth if they get desperate. She looks enough like the twins that it could work, but she’s probably too in demand for a rebooted tv show.

  14. Josefina says:

    Is this show really a good idea? Are older people an important part of the Netflix demographic? Most Netflix users I know are my age (with their parents just ocassionally browsing), and I only know this show existed because the twins were on it.

    Wet Hot American Summer was a flop. I think Netflix might be overestimating how classic the classics are.

    • SOCHAN says:

      Full House was an awful show. I saw maybe a few episodes back in the day while sick on the couch. Even for an 80′s/90′s (whenever it was) show it was really bad.

    • Hollz says:

      You don’t say how old you are, but I suspect you are younger then me – I’m 27. Full House was LIFE when I was a kid. Most of my friends – who are around my age – have Netflix, and most of them are pretty excited for Fuller House.

      • Abby says:

        Yeah, people my age can’t stop talking about fuller house. I’m 31 and definitely part of the Netflix demographic. I was obsessed with full house growing up… Crush on uncle Jesse, the whole nine yards. Stood in line with my childhood best friend at a kids thing to meet her idol Jodie sweetin (Stephanie) and our crush Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Good times!

      • Josefina says:

        I’m 25, but I guess I have to add I’m not American. I don’t even know what the show is called in Spanish, so I guess it’s safe to say it never made much of an impact here.

        For some dumb reason I thought this show was early 80′s instead of early ’90s, which actually makes no sense considering the twins’ ages. Good thing my career doesn’t involve much math, lol.

      • SOCHAN says:

        @ Hollz

        I’m quite a bit past 27. But I do think children view shows (acting, casting, script, direction, etc) in a much more innocent way than grownups. There were cheesy shows that I loved when I was a kid, too. But when I grew up and tried to watch them again I saw them riddled with flaws. I would never want to see them re-made into feature films (or re-vamped show). They had a magic that existed in a space in time, and that’s enough.

    • swak says:

      I’m a total Netflix person (I’m 62). I got rid of my cable and use Netflix and Amazon pretty much all the time. There are some shows I watch on the networks – mainly CBS and the CW. Netflix is the best thing that has come along in tv in a long time!

    • AntsOffTheScent says:

      WHAS was not a flop, it was made for a very niche audience and it hit the mark here in the states. I’m 32 so clearly I’m old as balls in your mind and was the key demographic for that show when I was growing up. So yes, old people watch netflix too.

    • Axis2ClusterB says:

      Well, at 37 I DO have to have my son figure out the Netflix for me, and I have to hobble to my chair with my cane to sit on my heating pad so I can watch, but other than that… I’m a fan of it.

    • lunchcoma says:

      At 35, I’m more than old enough to remember the show. Everyone I know watches Netflix. That being said, I’m not personally interested in this reboot. I don’t think it will be a huge hit, but Netflix is also more like HBO, where I think it may be willing to have a few shows that aren’t as watched if it means expanding their stable of original content. A lot of my friends are actually cancelling cable or at least considering it, and Netflix’s original shows end up being a big factor in those decisions.

    • andy says:

      I’m 25 too, also not american and I did watch the show when I was a kid, I guess me and my friends watched reruns and we did like the show, but were not super fans or anything like that, the name of the show in latin america was “tres por tres”. I guess I’ll watch one or two Fuller house episodes just out of curiosity.
      PS. My mom is fifty and loves netflix

  15. SOCHAN says:

    I can see where they aren’t comfortable with acting. I don’t think either of these women like to be on a movie/TV set, and I don’t think they are natural actors at all. They were very young when they were on Full House but even so they were never natural. I have seen children acting that young who were total naturals. These girls were never natural. They were essentially fed lines which they always recited still and wooden, with lots of camera cut-aways to hide that the children had no idea what to do once they had said their lines. I never understood how they got those parts in the first place, even way back then.

    • perplexed says:

      Yeah, they were terrible actors even when they were babies, weirdly enough.

      • SOCHAN says:


        But they weren’t babies for the whole show. The show was on for a long time. They grew from babies to older children and never got any better at acting. No charisma, no spontaneity, never natural. I often wondered who their parents knew in the business that got them those parts, to be honest. Hollywood is busting at the seams with talent that gets ignored for special favors and nepotism. They could have done a lot better with the casting. The older girl on the show was quite talented with tons of personality.

      • Bridget says:

        They were hired as babies because they didn’t cry. Job #1 for baby actors: don’t cry. Job #2: don’t spit up on the stars.

    • Becki says:

      YES! THIS! I think it’s a blessing that they’re not going to act anymore lol

    • Jwoolman says:

      They were hired as babies, and often babies don’t turn out to be good actors when they get too old to just be a prop. For instance, besides the Michelle twins, the twins on Everybody Loves Raymond and the youngest girl on Little House on the Prairie turned out to be duds as actors. Even Michael Landon couldn’t get a good performance out of the kid. Older children audition as actors, not props, and are more likely to have the talent for it.

      But the Olsen who played a role in Weed (Mary-Kate?) was refreshingly honest about that. She mentioned in an interview that she was taking acting lessons because what they did as kids wasn’t acting…. They really seem to have zero interest in acting right now. Maybe if Fuller House lasts long enough, she would be interested in doing an occasional appearance on the show. Just to put those acting lessons to some use.

    • Josefina says:

      Yeah, they were pretty terrible. Fashion really is their thing and they should stay there.

      • Peanutbuttr says:

        The Olsen Twins (or rather their handlers) milked notoriety for all it’s worth and then used the money to do something they actually wanted to do and have some talent in. I’m sure they want to be seen as serious fashion designers rather than Celebs moonlighting, and I can’t blame them if they see a return to acting as an unnecessary distraction.


  16. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t blame them, they’ve moved on and created a whole new life for themselves, and acting was never something they chose, it was something they were pushed into as babies.
    The show should just write the character out in someway or recast. Whatever the case, I have zero interest in it, and I did watch the original back in the day.

  17. Miss M says:

    I don’t get this reboot. But good luck to them!

  18. April says:

    Josephina, it’s not only older people. I’m 29, and used to watch full house as a kid. And I think plenty of adults, even older ones use Netflix, it is a smarter choice than pricey cable for Many. I’d watch fuller house, at least just to check out out.

  19. Cara says:

    These women are aging in dog years :(

  20. megan says:

    My 30 year old niece’s husband is appalled by kid’s tv these days, and says he only lets his little one’s watch Full House (I think that’s funny- he got concerned about TV when he had kids of his own). So – I think people like them will be in love with the new show if it’s any good.

    On a separate note – my first job after college was in downtown Omaha, and every morning i used to see these very elderly twin women dressed in matching clothes hanging on to each other’s arms shuffling down the street – that’s how I picture the Olsen twins in the future.

  21. izzy bizzy says:

    Recently a fabulous designer, Madame Carven, died at a very old age. She was famous for exquisite style dressing socialites and stewardesses. She was tiny, really tiny and I remember her saying that when you are very very petite, you must have your clothes made to measure or “taken in” and watch proportions. For instance, no huge hand bags, very small ones, watch the length of sleeves, where belts sit, length of coats… I have often noticed that the “twins” own gorgeous vintage looking gowns or coats, but when they wear them they looks like when I was playing dress up with my Mothers clothes age 8.So one small suggestion, check out Madame Carven’s lovely designs of the past and her sense of “proportions”, its essential to be well dressed.

  22. Apsutter says:

    So does anyone know if there’s any truth to the rumor that Ashley contracted Lyme disease? I know they’re older and they’ve moved on but I grew up with them(barely 6 months older) and I miss when they were perky teens! I loved how they dressed and I loved the second sitcom that they did together.

  23. Rockin Robin says:

    They have aged horribly.