Who would think a sitcom about a widower trying to raise his three daughters, along with his brother-in-law and bumbling best friend, would have become one of the most treasured television shows of its era? But that’s exactly what happened with Full House, which aired from 1987 to 1995.
In 2016, the show was rebooted as Netflix original, Fuller House. This time, the show centered around the eldest daughter, a recent widow, trying to raise her three boys in the same house, along with her sister, and best friend. Most of the original cast — including Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and Lori Loughlin — have been part of the show.
But who didn’t come back? And what has everyone been doing since 1995? Most of the cast has kept busy, but you’ll be surprised to find out what some of them have been up to!
Candace Cameron Bure
Bure, who played eldest daughter, D.J. Tanner, has been incredibly busy since Full House ended. In 1996, she married former NHL hockey player, Val Bure. On her website, she shares the story of how her Full House co-star Coulier introduced them at a charity event back in 1994. Over 20 years later, the couple is still happily married with three children Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.
Bure has continued to work steadily, appearing quite frequently in both made-for-tv movies and network shows including ABC Family’s Make It or Break It. In 2014, Bure joined the cast of Dancing With The Stars, partnering up with Mark Ballas. While the duo didn’t win, they came in at an impressive third place.
The following year, Bure signed on to co-host ABC’s long running daytime talkshow, The View. She then quit the show in 2016, citing the reason as being too busy with other projects. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but before I started The View, I had already had my commitments to Fuller House and my work with the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. And because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows,” she said.
Bure is also a New York Times bestselling author with four books under her belt.
In addition to reprising her role as sassy middle sister Stephanie Tanner on Fuller House, Jodie Sweetin has been working a lot in recent years. Following her on-screen sister’s suit, in 2016, she appeared as a contestant on the reality competition Dancing With The Stars.
In 2017, she co-starred in Hollywood Darlings on Pop TV, a show People called an “unscripted docu-comedy series.” In the style of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sweetin plays a fictional version of herself alongside two other former child stars: Beverley Mitchell from 7th Heaven, and Christine Lakin from Step by Step.
But, life hasn’t always been this sweet, for Sweetin. For many years, she struggled with an addiction to crystal meth. Now clean and sober, she shared her story in her 2009 memoir, unSweetined. Sweetin has also been married and divorced three times and has two daughters, Zoie and Beatrix. Sweetin then became engaged to Justin Hodak, but broke off the engagement. In March 2017, Hodak was arrested for violating the restraining order the actress had against him. As Stephanie Tanner would say, “How rude!”
Ashley Olsen and twin sister Mary-Kate shared the role of youngest sister, Michelle. But the Olsens probably won’t be appearing on Fuller House any time soon.
After Full House ended, both sisters continued to act, co-starring in Two of a Kind from 1998 to 1999. They followed it up with several direct-to-video movies including Passport to Paris and Winning London. In 2004, the twins acted in their final film together, New York Minute. Since then, Olsen has left the acting up to sister Mary-Kate, choosing to focus solely on her career as a clothing designer.
Although the twins first launched a clothing line at Walmart, their follow-up was much more high end, founding brands The Row in 2006, and Elizabeth & James in 2007. They’ve had such a big impact on the fashion world that in both 2012 and 2015, the sisters were named Womenswear Designers of The Year by The Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2014, they were named Accessory Designers of the Year.
Since Full House ended, Olsen has dated an interesting roster of men, includingJared Leto, Lance Armstrong, and most recently, 58-year-old art dealer Richard Sachs, but the two have since split.
After the series ended, Mary-Kate Olsen continued to pursue acting. But unlike her sister Ashley, Olsen didn’t stop acting after their last project together. She was finally able to break out on her own with a recurring role on Showtime’s Weeds in 2007. The next year, she followed up with the independent film, The Wackness. Her last major role was as the character Kendra in the 2011 movie Beastly. Since then, the actress-designer has chosen to devote her time to the fashion industry and her personal life.
On November 27th, 2015, Olsen married Olivier Sarkozy. Seventeen years her senior, Sarkozy is the half-brother of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France. The intimate ceremony took place at a private residence in New York City, in front of just 50 guests.
In 2017, the fashionista was interviewed by Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, revealing that since getting married, her life has become incredibly normal. “I think we’re lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us. We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder. But then I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax, and if you don’t have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out, and then you’re not productive,” she said.