Where Are They Now? The Stars of Full House
When you think of the Olsen twins, you probably think of the TV sitcom Full House, which told the story of Danny Tanner who was raising three daughters with the help of his best friend and his brother-in-law. The show ran from September 22, 1987 until May 23, 1995, and in the many years since the show has ended the members of the cast have gone their separate ways and furthered their paths in Hollywood. See where they are now.
Michelle Tanner, the youngest daughter who is best known for her catch phrases “You got it, dude!” and “You’re in big trouble mister!”was played by Mary-Kate Olsen. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl grew up on the small screen and nowadays Mary-Kate has become a fashion designer and has also had small roles in several movies and TV shows. It’s been said that Mary-Kate wants to quit acting in order to pursue a fashion career.
Since kids can only be expected to do so much, it was common for Ashley to also play the role of Michelle Tanner. The switching between the two sisters continued throughout the show since the two are nearly identical. Nowadays Ashley Olsen is following a similar path to her sister. In 2004, Ashley had a role in the movie New York Minute but said that it would be her final project because she no longer felt connected to acting. She’s currently focusing on fashion.
John Stamos played the role of Jesse Katsopolis who is Danny’s brother-in-law and the younger brother of his deceased wife, Pam. Jesse is invited to move into the house to help raise the girls even though he has no experience at all. Jesse has a huge passion for music and tries hard to hit it big. Later on in the show he becomes a father to twin boys. Nowadays John Stamos has had roles in TV shows, including Glee, Law & Order, and ER.
Bob Saget played the role of Daniel Tanner, who was left to be a single parent after his wife died in a car accident. He ends up falling in love with Vicky, a fill-in at the radio show where he works. The two become engaged but Vicky moves away and the relationship ends. Danny is known as the unhip dad who is obsessive about cleaning. In real life though, Bob Saget has played the funny man in a continuous role on How I Met Your Mother and has appeared on several other shows including Law & Order, Entourage, and Raising Dad.
Candace Cameron played the role of D.J. Tanner, the oldest sister of the family. She often complains about how she has to share a room with Stephanie, but as she gets older, she’s able to have her own room for privacy’s sake. After her role as D.J ended, Candace got involved in several shows and movies including Truth be Told, Puppy Love, Boy Meets World and Make It or Break It.
Jodie Sweetin played the role of Stephanie Tanner, the middle child who was definitely the most sarcastic and nosey. She loved getting into D.J.’s diary and eavesdropping anytime she used the phone, and was definitely best known for saying “How rude!” Since the show, Jodie has become a mom and has had a role in several shows and films including Singled Out, Yes, Dear, and Party of Five.
Joey Gladstone, played by Dave Coulier, was Danny’s best friend and was also brought in to help take care of the girls. As a stand-up comedian, it was no surprise that Joey was heavily into cartoons. Joey was also a substitute teacher for Michelle’s class. Dave Coulier has since moved on in Hollywood and has gotten involved in voice work. He’s done voices for Muppet Babies, The Real Ghostbusters, Scooby Doo, The Jetsens, and many other shows.
Lori Loughlin played the role of Becky Katsopolis, Jesse’s wife. She’s extremely loving and caring, but practical at the same time. She became a mother figure to Michelle, D.J., and Stephanie and has twins nearing the end of the show. After Full House, Lori Loughlin moved onto several other tv shows including Summerland, 90210, and Ghost Whisperer.
Andrea Barber played the role of Kimmy Gibbler, who most of the other characters on the show could not stand, mostly because of her weird personality, smelly feet, and her shopping addiction. Kimmy is D.J.’s best friend despite how annoying the rest of the family finds her to be. Andrea Barber has had roles on other shows including Growing Pains and Funny or Die. She is now an assistant to the director of Whittier College’s Office of International Programs, where she graduated from.
Miko Hughes played the role of Aaron Bailey, one of Michelle’s classmates who is a bully and extremely rude. Throughout the show he is very obnoxious and creates trouble with the sisters whenever he can. In real life he’s a moderately successful actor who’s had roles in Surf School, Tropic Thunder, and Steve Niles’ Remains.
Jurnee Smollett played the role of Denise Frazier who eventually becomes Michelle’s best friend after her original best friend moves to Texas. When Teddy moves back, the three all become best friends and get each other into trouble. Jurnee has since had roles in The Great Debaters, Friday Night Lights, The Defenders, and The Mob Doctor.
Scott Weinger played the role of Steve Hale who is D.J.’s first boyfriend. During the end of the 7th season, the two break up but stay friends. He shows up at the end of the series to take D.J. to her senior prom and after the show ended, Scott Weinger focused a lot on becoming a voice actor including those on the Aladdin movies as well as on the games.
Tahj Mowry, Tia and Tamara’s younger brother, plays the role of Teddy, Michelle’s best friend since kindergarten. He joins her on a date and the two even try to date, but soon realize it’s far too early to have a boyfriend. Tahj has since went on to advance his Hollywood presence by acting in films including Are We Done Yet? and Seventeen Again.
Marla Sokoloff played the role of Gia Mahan who is Stephanie’s archenemy in the 7th season. Crazily she becomes her best friend in the following season but she’s known for putting Stephanie in pretty risky situations. Stephanie becomes an influence on Gia as she helps her to quit smoking and improve her grades. Marla Sokoloff has since had several roles including those in Scents and Sensibility, Crazylove, and The Tollbooth.