Mary-Kate Olsen Considered Returning for Fuller House After Ashley Olsen Showed No Interest

Former child stars of popular ABC television show reveal underlying conflict behind not joining sequel

By Samantha Schnurr Jan 06, 2016 2:20 PMTags
E! Placeholder Image

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen spent their first years filling in for each other on the small screen, but more than two decades after their debuts as Michelle Tanner on Full House, the twins just couldn't manage another on-screen switch.

When the ladies were approached to join the upcoming sequel Fuller House, one of the sisters was far more resistant to the idea than the other. 

"Ashley said, I have not been in front of a camera since I was 17 and I don't feel comfortable acting," the series'  executive producer, Bob Boyett, tells People.

While anxious fans of the famed ABC series are curious about the twin's absence from the Netflix venture, it seems Mary-Kate would have potentially filled her sister's shoes had it not been for logistics. 

"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,'" Boyett adds. 

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Scleroderma Research Foundation

After all, Mary-Kate is freshly married to longtime boyfriend, French banker Olivier Sarkozy. Together, the 29-year-old siblings maintain a hectic schedule overseeing their award-winning fashion lines, The Row and Elizabeth and James. 

While their former co-star John Stamos has recently thrown them a bit of subtle shade for skipping out on the sequel, saying "It was just like a family reunion where some of the family members didn't show up," another co-star doesn't fault them for having less of a sentimental connection to their childhood role. 

"I think they have a different perspective," Dave Coulier tells the magazine. "When we get together and we reminisce, they were babies [at the time]. So they don't share those same memories. I can't really speak for them but I would understand why they don't have the same sentiments that we all do."