When Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were babies on the set, they often cried for their mother while the cameramen tried desperately to get some footage of them. At one point, series creator Jeff Franklin advised Jarnette Olsen to drop her daughters off in the morning and leave right away, to help them adjust more to the new environment and avoid distractions.
Many of the cast members have commented that it was not very difficult telling Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen apart, because they had such distinctive personalities. Jodie Sweetin even said that they would get defensive when someone called them by the wrong name.
Adrian Later was known as the "baby wrangler" on the set, and she worked extensively with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen when they were little. The Olsens vividly remember that before they were able to read lines or deliver dialogue on their own, Adrian would stand off to the side and whisper, "Say 'You got it dude'!" or "Say, 'Whoa baby'!" The girls would repeat after her, and Adrian's voice was edited out later.
Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone) admitted that many cast and crew members--including himself--believed that Jodie Sweetin, who played middle daughter Stephanie, would become the star of the show. Everyone noticed how precocious she was and how she always knew her lines. As it turned out, though, the real breakout stars ended up being the Olsen twins, who shared the role of youngest daughter Michelle.
In this TV special, it was stated how hard Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) tried to get an acting job after Full House ended, and how frustrating it was for her when nothing came up. "It was really difficult for her, because she really wanted to keep going, but there just wasn't anything out there for her at the time," Candace Cameron (DJ) said.
An actress named Jayne Modean appeared on one episode called "Those Better Not Be the Days," which aired during the 3rd season. There, she played an adult version of Michelle in a dream sequence, and she and Dave Coulier (Joey) hit it off during filming. They got married, had a son named Luke, and divorced--all in an approximately 2-year span.
Anyone who knows Bob Saget's work knows that he has a personality and demeanor that is very different from the clean and pure image of Danny Tanner. He was very crude and told off-color jokes constantly on the set. Sometimes he would completely disregard the fact that there were children around when he was doing this. Parents of the kids started complaining, and Saget was a little more cautious after that, but Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and the Olsen twins have never forgotten the goofy kind of guy that he was.
Candace Cameron talked about how difficult things got for her with her peers once the show really took off. One time, a teacher asked for her autograph in front of the whole class, and jealous classmates started terrorizing Candace by pushing her, pulling her hair, etc.
Jodie Sweetin did not even have to audition for the role of middle daughter Stephanie Tanner. "Full House" creator Jeff Franklin saw her on an episode of "Valerie" and liked her so much, he built the Stephanie character just for her.
Of the two Olsen girls, Mary-Kate was always the more outgoing one on-screen. When they were babies, Ashley would cry most of the time, forcing Mary-Kate to play Michelle for the majority of the scenes. One night, though, when Mary-Kate got sick and the filming had to go on, they said to Ashley, "This is your night." Ashley then went out there and played Michelle for the entire episode, and she knocked everyone dead.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who were 9 months old when the series began, allegedly cried constantly, making it more difficult to film the episodes. John Stamos (Jesse) even admitted in an interview that at one point, he advised Franklin to fire the Olsens and hire some new kids for the role of Michelle. Luckily, everything turned out fine, and it wasn't necessary to take those actions.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's mother Jarnette almost pulled her daughters off the show after the first season, but she didn't express this to the girls' agent until the publicity photos for Season 2 had already been taken. Jarnette felt overwhelmed by everything and feared that it would be too much of a disruption to the twins and the rest of the family. Fortunately, the Olsens decided to let Mary-Kate and Ashley continue as long as they enjoyed doing it--and the rest is history.
"Full House" creator Jeff Franklin reveals that he always had Bob Saget as his top choice for the role of Danny Tanner. However, when it appeared that Saget wouldn't be able to do it, Franklin hired John Posey for the role, and the series pilot was shot. Before it aired, though, Saget's schedule opened up, and Franklin--who felt very strongly that Saget was perfect for the part--decided not to pass up the opportunity. He fired Posey on the spot. (Posey said in an interview that his car was packed and he was literally on his way to California when he got the call). All of a sudden, Saget was in and Posey was out--and the pilot was re-filmed to reflect the change.
At the end of this "E! True Hollywood Story" episode, the subject of a potential "Full House" reunion show came up. Candace Cameron (DJ) and Dave Coulier (Joey) both commented on the topic. Cameron said she would do it in a heartbeat because she had such a great time on the series. Coulier expressed his opinion that a reunion episode probably wouldn't happen for a very long time, because certain people wouldn't want to be associated with it. Coulier, however, said he didn't care either way and would do it if the offer came up.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Michelle) claimed that they didn't realize the series had ended until everyone came out for a cast call, and the twins received flowers from their real-life brother and sister. It was a shocking moment for them, and very sad.
The "Full House" production crew realized they had a serious problem on their hands when they took the cast to Disney World to film the 2-part finale for the show's 6th season. The series had become hugely popular by that time, but the cast and crew hadn't quite grasped how big it really was. Reality hit, though, when Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) came out of the bathroom crying after some over-the-top fans followed her in. At that point, everyone realized that stronger action would need to be taken in order to protect the cast, particularly the kids.
Information was provided on this "E! True Hollywood Story" regarding Candace Cameron's weight on the series, particularly around Season 6, when she was starting to grow into a full-fledged teenager. Because actress Tracey Gold from "Growing Pains" had recently been diagnosed with anorexia, everyone feared that the heavier-set Candace might be headed in the opposite direction--so her parents hired her a personal trainer as she worked on "Full House." Candace has said in interviews that her weight probably would not have been an issue if she hadn't been a TV star in her teen years, but luckily it all turned out fine. Also, in light of what Tracey Gold went through, Candace claims that she respects her parents' caution in the matter.
Dave Coulier: (about the Olsen twins' success) It's one of those one-in-a-million cases, where they took what they had and turned it into their own cottage empire. When you go into a store, everywhere you turn, it's all things Mary-Kate and Ashley. It's really mind-boggling.
Adrian Later: (about the Olsen twins as kids) Mary-Kate said, when we were driving to work one morning, "You know, we better be making $2.00 a week, because we are working really hard here. We're saying all our lines right." And they were also making a movie at the time, and Ashley turns to her and says, "$2.00? Are you crazy? If we're not making $10.00, we shouldn't even be here!"
Dave Coulier: We thought that Jodie [Sweetin] was gonna be the breakout star of the show because she was 4 years old, and so precocious, and would nail her lines. So we thought, "This girl's a genius. She's gonna be the star of the show!"
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