He goes by Trent, his middle name, but his actual name is James Olsen (pictured here on the right). As a kid, he was known around campus for selling autographed copies of his twin sisters. According to a classmate, everyone bought one.
He’s the only sibling who did not start an acting career, though he was cast for a show when he was 6, his parents said no. Mary-Kate and Ashley expressed brotherly love by naming one of their designer labels after him. Sisterly love. The fashion brand Elizabeth and James refers to both of their siblings.
The Right to Veto
Mary-Kate and Ashley were overworked. Zipping from locale to locale to make movies also took them away from friends at home. They filmed on location in places like Rome, Hawaii, New York City, and Paris.
Back stateside, Robert Thorne once had them scheduled to do interviews when they had a school paper due. In a 2000 interview, Ashley complained about it. He had them scheduled for 12 interviews in one day. She said, “Twelve is too many, Robert.” But the girls performed, dutifully making each appointment and, presumably, getting the schoolwork done too.
It Was Hard Work
“Full House” ended in 1995, but these two just got busier. “I look back at the things that we did and the clothes that we wore, and I think, ‘Wow, we really were troupers.’ It was almost like I was in the army. School, work, homework, fly to New York, get in at 2 in the morning, do a morning show at 5 am, then another one at 7, then a radio interview at 10, you know?” It was a lot.
Ashley also told Maire Claire that she was grateful. “That’s why I look at Britney, and I’m surprised I didn’t end up like her.”
A Star on the Walk of Fame
The Olsen twins were honored with a Walk of Fame star when they were 18. The glitzy distinction broke two records. It made them the first set of twins to ever receive a star on Hollywood’s star-studded sidewalk.
They also broke the record for being the youngest recipients. Previously, singer Jimmy Boyd was the youngest Walk of Fame recipient at age 20. The induction ceremony for Mary-Kate and Ashley took place on April 29, 2004. Siblings Trent and Elizabeth were by their side for the momentous event.
Elizabeth Olsen is a Star in her Own Right
Little sis Elizabeth is two years younger than the twins. When she got into acting, she lived in the shadow of the super famous twins. She stepped back for a few years to escape the limelight during her teens, working on her craft and taking acting classes.
When she returned to Hollywood, Elizabeth Olsen became more successful as an actress than both of her sisters put together. Film festivals began awarding her prizes in 2011. Now she’s a Marvel star, known to MCU fans as Wanda Maximoff, aka, Scarlet Witch.