John Stamos Says 'Fuller House' Creator Asked Elizabeth Olsen to Play Michelle

by Meredith B. Kile 9:25 PM PST, January 04, 2016
Playing John Stamos Says 'Fuller House' Creator Asked Elizabeth Olsen to Play Michelle

Elizabeth Olsen got her start acting alongside big sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley, and there’s clearly a family resemblance.

So naturally, when the twins said no to reprising their Full House role, Michelle Tanner, in the Netflix revival series, Fuller House, the creator turned to Elizabeth to see if she would be interested. At least, that’s how John Stamos tells it.

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“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,’” Stamos told Andy Cohen on his Sirius XM show, Radio Andy, on Monday. “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.”

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Stamos famously called out the Olsen twins early on in the development of Fuller House, when the two claimed that they hadn’t heard anything about the series -- which will star many returning Full House cast members, including Stamos, Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber -- but explained the misunderstanding on Howard Stern on Monday.

‘They said first that I didn’t ask them -- and I personally didn’t, but I was told that their agents were asked -- so then I had a knee-jerk reaction and said ‘Bull****, I did ask them,” he explained. “They got upset, I think.”

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Stamos added that he later reached out personally to Mary-Kate to explain the idea for the revival series, but all three Olsens still passed on the project.

“They decided not to, which I respect,” he added. “[The twins] seemed very into it, they just were afraid of acting, they hadn’t acted, you know, they don’t consider themselves actresses.”

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