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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 fraternal twins lost their front teeth at different times.
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.
Gummy Bear Bribes
When the twins were toddlers, the amount they were being paid per episode was not an incentive to perform, but candy was. They could be difficult, due to their age, and very stubborn when they didn’t feel like saying a line.
Speaking to “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey) said that red gummy bears worked every single time. They would take their bribe and then whip out one of their comedic catchphrases: “OK, you got it, dude.”