Mary-Kate and Ashley took turns squeezing in homework assignments backstage. The “Full House” actresses headlined 36 direct-to-VHS movies from age six to adulthood. The twins even had a couple of book series. The adventure-filled movies and books featuring the playful capers of the twins were adored by girls under 12.
At 6, they became Hollywood’s youngest-ever movie producers, and by 18, they were named co-presidents of their own production company. Understandably, though, it was a lot for two kids to deal with. When they hit adulthood, they began retreating from fame, so much so, that today, neither has a social media presence.
Little Monkey Performers
In a highly publicized interview with Marie Claire Magazine, Mary-Kate went so far as to characterize their stint as childhood stars as “little monkey performers.” The Olsen twins weren't alone in this - many former child stars have dissociated from their spotlight-filled pasts and opted for a more normal adult life.
She explained that when she looks back, she doesn’t feel connected to the photos of herself. The twin said that they performed their act perfectly, but it was not a part of who she would become. Their fame as childhood actresses was phenomenal and she’s happy to be rid of it.
Backstage at ‘Full House’
The reason “Full House” cast the Olsen babies was not only because they were super cute, but because they were twins. Also, they passed the cry test. Show producers held the babies and they didn’t start crying, so they were hired. We don't know about you, but that sounds like a test that should be implemented in adult job interviews!
In show business, babies are only allowed to work 20 minutes at a time, therefore, a set of twins allows for double the work time. On the other hand, bringing a couple of babies onto the set did not work at all for John Stamos, whose star power generated much of the show’s popularity.
Why Uncle Jessie Got the Twins Fired
John Stamos played the most loving character ever on “Full House,” but when the cameras stopped rolling, he said he wanted those crying babies out of there. The twins got the job at nine months, so they can hardly be blamed for becoming fussy at work. Still, when you're working long days and have the pressure of Hollywood weighing on you, it couldn't have been easy to have constant roadblocks, like screaming babies, around.
He complained that shooting was very difficult with small children around, the workday dragged on, take after take. Stamos demanded the network get rid of them and it did! The studio brought in new babies, a couple of redheads, but they didn’t work out, either. In the end, Stamos agreed the Olsen twins could come back.
The Twins Had to Wear Dentures
As Mary-Kate and Ashley grew into toddlers they began doing big kid stuff like losing teeth. For the first time, their smile betrayed the difference between the two. The twins lost their front teeth at different times. So while being a child star sounded like the dream to most of us as kids, we bet you didn't think that dentures would be part of the package!
In order to keep the continuity of Michelle’s appearance on the popular sitcom, costuming took up the bold idea of fitting them with fake teeth. We can't imagine that was super comfortable for little kids under 10. It's barely a cakewalk for the elderly who traditionally wear them - and they've had a bit more time to work on emotional maturity than the twins had!