John Stamos Reveals That Elizabeth Olsen Was Asked to Play Michelle Tanner on 'Fuller House'
Uncle Jesse won't give up on Michelle Tanner!
Cut it out! Will an Olsen really star in Fuller House?
After Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen declined to reprise the role of Michelle Tanner, the producers of Netflix's Fuller House decided to keep things in the family. The Olsen twins' younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, was approached as a possible replacement for the highly anticipated spin-off. According to John Stamos, Full House creator Jeff Franklin supposedly offered Elizabeth the role.
“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,'” Stamos stated during an appearance on Andy Cohen's SiriusXM talk show 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.”
Elizabeth is a more critically lauded actress than her older sisters ― who are better known as entrepreneurs and fashion designers ― so it makes total sense why she could fill in for Michelle Tanner. She has already appeared in blockbuster films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Godzilla, and she'll star in the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War.
However, the Olsen twins' decision to not appear in Fuller House has not been easy for Stamos. “It was funny, I was talking to Lori [Loughlin] about it, and I said, ‘How can they not do this? It made a lot for them, for their family, for their sister,’” he recalled. “And she said, ‘You know, they just won a CFDA award for women’s clothing. They’re in a different place.’”
It's a shame that Elizabeth won't replace her sisters as Michelle Tanner, but at least the producers tried! Hopefully Mary-Kate and Ashely will change their minds later on and make a cameo on Fuller House. Hey, we can dare to dream, right?