Ashley Olsen and her twin sister, Mary-Kate, built an enormous career when they were just kids, starring on Full House and later releasing straight-to-video movies that sold like hotcakes. But before they were even high school-aged, the girls had created clothing and accessory lines that held their attention over their acting careers, and since then they have focused their energies on things outside of Hollywood. That, says John Stamos, is why neither Olsen wanted to sign up for Fuller House.
When news broke that a reboot of the hit sitcom was coming back on Netflix, fans rejoiced. It was short-lived, however, when everyone realized that it was possible the full cast wouldn’t return. Now, almost everyone from the original show has been confirmed…except the twins. Rumors have flown that there was bad blood between them and some of the cast members, and also that they weren’t invited to participate on the show (which focuses on Candace Cameron Bure’s character, DJ Tanner). However, Stamos says they were interested when the idea was first brought to them, but fear took over.
“They seemed very into Fuller House; they just were afraid of acting. They hadn’t acted; they don’t consider themselves actresses,” Stamos said.
Mary-Kate and Ashley may not be returning to the show, but the producers–which include Stamos–did try to get the next best person for the job: their sister, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, however, is busy being a big movie star these days, playing Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Civil War.
“We actually went to — I don’t think this has been talked about… I didn’t do it, I think Jeff Franklin did — I said, ’Call the sister Elizabeth Olsen. 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,” Stamos told Andy Cohen on RadioAndy.