Creator of Full House, Jeff Franklin, once sat down with Variety and laid out exactly how the iconic cast was picked. Apparently, two of those members never had to audition. Jodie Sweetin, a.k.a. Stephanie Tanner, and John Stamos, a.k.a. Uncle Jesse, had their parts written for them.
Full House Creator Had An Eye For Talent
“Jodie had done an episode of Valerie when she was four,” Franklin told Variety. “Miller-Boyett had produced that show so they were aware of her, they brought her into the process, and I looked at the footage and went, ‘Okay, I’m going to write for this girl.’ Again, there was no audition there. She was just cast based on her work in that other series.”
Okay, but how does one get to be such a good actor at the age of four?
It Pays To Read. Literally.
Jodie Sweetin attributes her early acting success to her propensity to read. In an iHeart interview with Olivia Jade this past April, Sweetin explained:
“I was a pretty bright little kid. Not to be obnoxious about it and stuff. But I was reading full books by about the age of three-and-a-half. You could set pretty much anything in front of me and I could read just about anything. I loved reading. I was a voracious reader. Memorizing, dance, music, all of that was what I absolutely loved. And I would tell my mom that I wanted to be a ‘modeler,’ which is what I called people on TV.”
Sweetin started her career acting in commercials, then was cast in an episode of Valerie, then was asked to be on Full House. Full House and Valerie shared some of the same producers at the time.
“I never auditioned or anything,” Sweetin told Jade. “It just sort of fell in my lap and the rest is history.”
As for John Stamos, Franklin says he simply set up a lunch together so they could shoot the breeze. The Full House creator recalled that after lunch, he said, “’We didn’t really talk about the show, do you want to do it?’ And he’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m in.’”
Originally, Uncle Jesse’s name was supposed to be Uncle Adam. Further, Franklin said Stamos was the only person on the list of potential candidates.
So, there you have it, folks. Full House hit the goldmine with star actors, and two of them never auditioned.