Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Creator / MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen

Go To



A little known fact is that they're not actually identical twins biologically speaking--they're just fraternal twins who happen to look identical. The twins have four other siblings outside of each other--an older brother named Jake, [[Creator/ElizabethOlsen a younger sister named Elizabeth]] (who's an actress like her older sisters are), and two younger half-siblings named Jake (brother) and Courtney Taylor (sister) from their dad's second marriage. The Olsen twins also inspired the parody Web series ''WebVideo/VeryMaryKate''.

to:

A little known fact is that they're not actually identical twins biologically speaking--they're just fraternal twins who happen to look identical. The twins have four other siblings outside of each other--an older brother named Jake, [[Creator/ElizabethOlsen a younger sister named Elizabeth]] (who's an actress like her older sisters are), and two younger half-siblings named Jake Trent (brother) and Courtney Taylor (sister) from their dad's second marriage. The Olsen twins also inspired the parody Web series ''WebVideo/VeryMaryKate''.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They nearly starred as CreepyTwins on an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles''. Due to strict child labour laws, they were replaced with the Krievins twins instead.
** Ashley considered returning to acting in 2009 and even was announced as playing Christie in ''The Informers''. She dropped out and was replaced with Amber Heard.



* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: The twins always play up the TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic. Mary Kate is the rebellious, edgy {{Tomboy}} and Ashley the uptight GirlyGirl. Even Mary Kate's adult roles cater to this.

to:

* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: The twins always often play up the TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic. Mary Kate is the rebellious, edgy {{Tomboy}} and Ashley the uptight GirlyGirl. Even Mary Kate's adult roles cater to this.



* PlayingAgainstType: In the FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling dynamic, Ashley is usually the responsible twin to Mary Kate's wild twin. The film ''Winning London'' inverts their usual personas, as Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the serious and competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy and fun-loving sister Riley.

to:

* PlayingAgainstType: In the FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling dynamic, Ashley is usually the responsible twin to Mary Kate's wild twin. The film ''Winning London'' inverts their usual personas, as Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the serious and competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy laidback and fun-loving sister Riley.


Added DiffLines:

* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They nearly starred as CreepyTwins on an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles''. Due to strict child labour laws, they were replaced with the Krievins twins instead.
** Ashley considered returning to acting in 2009 and even was announced as playing Christie in ''The Informers''. She dropped out and was replaced with Amber Heard.


* KidsPlayMatchmaker: A rip-off of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' called ''Film/ItTakesTwo''.

to:

* KidsPlayMatchmaker: A rip-off of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1961}}'' called ''Film/ItTakesTwo''.

Added DiffLines:

* ActorAllusion:
** In an episode of ''Series/TwoOfAKind'' Mary Kate says of poker "I thought a full house beat everything".
** In ''Film/NewYorkMinute'', Roxie finds a bootleg DVD of ''Holiday In The Sun'', one of their TV movies.
** They've played sisters called Chloe and Riley in the TV movie ''Winning London'' and the sitcom ''Series/SoLittleTime''. Except that in the former Chloe is played by Mary Kate and Riley by Ashley, in the latter it's the other way around.
* ActorInspiredElement: Michelle uses both hands to write because Ashley is right-handed, and Mary Kate is left.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They nearly starred as CreepyTwins on an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles''. Due to strict child labour laws, they were replaced with the Krievins twins instead.
** Ashley considered returning to acting in 2009 and even was announced as playing Christie in ''The Informers''. She dropped out and was replaced with Amber Heard.


Added DiffLines:

* TheDanza: As Mary-Kate and Ashley Burke in ''Series/TwoOfAKind''.


Added DiffLines:

* FormerChildStar: Ashley has stopped acting in adulthood, while Mary Kate mainly does indie films.


Added DiffLines:

* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: The twins always play up the TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic. Mary Kate is the rebellious, edgy {{Tomboy}} and Ashley the uptight GirlyGirl. Even Mary Kate's adult roles cater to this.


Added DiffLines:

* LyingCreator: ABC didn't want viewers to know that Michelle was played by twins, so they were credited as [[FromACertainPointOfView Mary Kate Ashley Olsen]]. As they got older, and the differences between them became more obvious, they were credited separately.
* MakingUseOfTheTwin: When they just played Michelle, they're both used in several dream scenes. Another episode has an identical cousin visiting from Greece.


Added DiffLines:

* MoneyDearBoy: Their mother nearly took them off ''Series/FullHouse'' after the first season, not wanting them to miss out on a normal childhood. When they were offered a higher salary, she allowed them to stay on.
* PlayingAgainstType: In the FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling dynamic, Ashley is usually the responsible twin to Mary Kate's wild twin. The film ''Winning London'' inverts their usual personas, as Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the serious and competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy and fun-loving sister Riley.


Added DiffLines:

* RealitySubtext: Their typecasting in their tween years reflected that on ''Series/FullHouse'' Mary Kate would do the more comedic scenes, whereas Ashley handled the more serious ones.


Added DiffLines:

* StarDerailingRole: ''Film/NewYorkMinute'' was the twins' only theatrical release. It flopped at the Box Office and was savaged by critics, marking the end of their prominence. Their business Dualstar is doing well however, and Mary Kate has continued with acting.


''Before Creator/MillieBrown, before Creator/EmmaWatson, there was the Olsen twins...''

to:

''Before Creator/MillieBrown, Creator/MillieBobbyBrown, before Creator/EmmaWatson, there was the Olsen twins...''


[[caption-width-right:350:Mary-Kate (r) and Ashley (l)]]

to:

[[caption-width-right:350:Mary-Kate (r) (l) and Ashley (l)]]
(r)]]


* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Quite a few of their roles, with Ashley being usually the responsible twin and Mary-Kate the wild twin (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'', ''Film/ItTakesTwo'', ''The Challenge'', ''Film/NewYorkMinute''). Inverted in ''Winning London'' where Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the serious and competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy and fun-loving sister Riley.

to:

* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Quite a few of their roles, with Ashley being usually the responsible twin and Mary-Kate the wild twin (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'', (''Series/TwoOfAKind'', ''Film/ItTakesTwo'', ''The Challenge'', ''Film/NewYorkMinute''). Inverted in ''Winning London'' where Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the serious and competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy and fun-loving sister Riley.



** In ''Seris/TwoOfAKind'', Ashley was presented as a very fashion-forward girl while Mary-Kate was a typical sporty tomboy.

to:

** In ''Seris/TwoOfAKind'', ''Series/TwoOfAKind'', Ashley was presented as a very fashion-forward girl while Mary-Kate was a typical sporty tomboy.

Added DiffLines:

* DolledUpInstallment: The UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game based on the franchise was originally developed as a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' title, only for ''South Park'' creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to put a halt to the release due to concerns about the game's mature subject matter being inappropriate on a device played mostly by children. Crawfish Interactive retooled what they have done so far into ''[[WesternAnimation/MayaTheBee Maya the Bee & Her Friends]]'' which was based on the German cartoon franchise, which in turn was reskinned and modified as ''Mary-Kate & Ashley: Get a Clue!''


* KidsPlayMatchmaker: A rip-off of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' called ''Film/ItTakesTwo''.



* ParentTrapPlot: A rip-off of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' called ''Film/ItTakesTwo''.


A little known fact is that they're not actually identical twins--they're just fraternal twins who happen to look identical. The twins have four other siblings outside of each other--an older brother named Jake, [[Creator/ElizabethOlsen a younger sister named Elizabeth]] (who's an actress like her older sisters are), and two younger half-siblings named Jake (brother) and Courtney Taylor (sister) from their dad's second marriage. The Olsen twins also inspired the parody Web series ''WebVideo/VeryMaryKate''.

to:

A little known fact is that they're not actually identical twins--they're twins biologically speaking--they're just fraternal twins who happen to look identical. The twins have four other siblings outside of each other--an older brother named Jake, [[Creator/ElizabethOlsen a younger sister named Elizabeth]] (who's an actress like her older sisters are), and two younger half-siblings named Jake (brother) and Courtney Taylor (sister) from their dad's second marriage. The Olsen twins also inspired the parody Web series ''WebVideo/VeryMaryKate''.

Added DiffLines:

''Before Creator/MillieBrown, before Creator/EmmaWatson, there was the Olsen twins...''


* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Quite a few of their roles, with Ashley being usually the responsible twin and Mary-Kate the wild twin (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'',''Film/ItTakesTwo'', ''The Challenge'', ''Film/NewYorkMinute''). Inverted in ''Winning London'' where Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the serious and competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy and fun-loving sister Riley.

to:

* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Quite a few of their roles, with Ashley being usually the responsible twin and Mary-Kate the wild twin (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'',''Film/ItTakesTwo'', (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'', ''Film/ItTakesTwo'', ''The Challenge'', ''Film/NewYorkMinute''). Inverted in ''Winning London'' where Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the serious and competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy and fun-loving sister Riley.


* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Quite a few of their roles, with Ashley being usually the responsible twin and Mary-Kate the wild twin (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'', ''Film/ItTakesTwo'', ''The Challenge'', ''Film/NewYorkMinute''). Inverted in ''Winning London'' where Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the more serious and responsible of the twins.

to:

* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Quite a few of their roles, with Ashley being usually the responsible twin and Mary-Kate the wild twin (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'', ''Film/ItTakesTwo'', (''Seris/TwoOfAKind'',''Film/ItTakesTwo'', ''The Challenge'', ''Film/NewYorkMinute''). Inverted in ''Winning London'' where Mary-Kate plays Chloe, the more serious and responsible of the twins.competitive overachiever, while Ashley plays her lazy and fun-loving sister Riley.


** They were credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen", leading many to believe that the little girl was played by one actress.

to:

** They were credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen", leading many to believe that the little girl was played by one actress. Only in the last season they are credited as [[AndStarring "and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Michelle"]].

Added DiffLines:

* DinnerOrderFlub: ''Passport to Paris'' does this in a strange way. One of the twins, who is learning French at a high-school level, accidentally orders fish (''poissons'') when she wanted drinks('''''b'''oissons'').

Showing 15 edit(s) of 48

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report