John Stamos is a little late to celebrate Throwback Thursday, but that didn’t stop him from sharing an old memory. On Sunday, the Grandfathered star posted on his Instagram account a home video featuring him and former Full House co-stars, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
It is no coincidence that Stamos posted the video to invoke nostalgic feelings from former Full House fans. The Netflix series Fuller House, a spin-off of the 1980s family hit, debuts on February 26 with much anticipation.
The short video, dated August 14, 1989, shows Mary-Kate and Ashley, who were two-years-old at the time, approaching Stamos, who is sitting on the ground. A production assistant’s voice is heard from the background as she encourages the girls to “be nice to Jesse, and give him a hug.” Stamos played Uncle Jesse in the hit comedy sitcom, while Mary-Kate and Ashley took turns playing Michelle Tanner.
John Stamos posted the Instagram video with the captions #FullerHouse #StamosHomeMovies, and #GiveHimAHug, and noted that the video took place in Hawaii. The Full House cast shot their third season opener in Hawaii, with the episode titled “Tanner’s Island.”
Stamos and the Olsen twins have changed quite a bit since that video. Full House would last another five seasons before its final episode aired in May 1995. After the series ended, Stamos continued to act in commercials, made-for-TV movies, and TV series. Mary-Kate and Ashley established their Dualstar company that produced acting projects for the twins to star in. Dualstar became defunct in 2007, and the Olsens focused more on their fashion careers.
While John Stamos was one of the main adult characters in Full House, he has a reprising role in Fuller House, with Candace Cameron-Bure, who plays D.J. Tanner Fuller, being the lead in the spin-off series.
Unfortunately, neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley will appear in the new Netflix series. While Ashley mentioned in a Women’s Wear Daily article that she and Mary-Kate talked of a possibility of making an appearance on Fuller House, both ladies declined in the end. The show’s producers have no intention of casting the role of Michelle with another actress.
Both Mary-Kate and Ashley have not acted in any projects for several years. Ashley’s last film was in the 2004 film New York Minute, which was also the last film Dualstar produced. Ashley did a video for Thirty Seconds to Mars’ song “City of Angels” in October 2013, which marks the last acting appearance for her.
Mary-Kate did venture out into acting without her twin sister, appearing in shows such as Weeds and Samantha Who? Mary-Kate’s final acting role was in the 2011 film Beastly, a modern take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Mary-Kate did expressed interest in reprising Michelle for the new series, but couldn’t commit to filming, due to conflicting schedules.
John Stamos confirmed in April 2015 that Netflix made a deal for Fuller House to be shown on the streaming channel. Stamos will show up in the series as Uncle Jesse, and Stamos is also one of the producers of the series.
Fuller House will have 13 episodes in its first season, and its background is similar to the first Full House premise. This time around, D.J. Tanner-Fuller is the matriarch in the show, a recent widow who has to cope with being a single mom to three sons. Middle sister Stephanie Tanner and D.J.’s childhood buddy Kimmy are the other two adults that move in with D.J. to help her out.
The theme song also got an upgrade, with pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen performing her version of “Everywhere You Look.” Jesse Frederick was the original singer and co-writer of the popular theme song.
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