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While Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will always be best known for their work on the 90s TV series Full House, after that series wrapped, the pair went on to star in a series of movies as well. Following their big screen debut in It Takes Two, the twins became the queens of the direct-to-video market with a series of low-budget movies that took the pair and sent them off to exotic locals with cute boys. Now, for the twins' 30th birthday, which was June 13 if you're keeping score, one of the co-stars has spoken out about the experience of working with the girls, and kissing one of them, who was a fraction of his age.
It's difficult to remember now, but when they were teenagers, the Olsen twins were some of the most famous people in the country. Their fan-base was absolutely insane. This comes out quite a bit in Uproxx interview with several of the leading men that the twins starred opposite during their movie days. The girls had to change hotels due to overzealous fans figuring out where they were staying during one shoot. However, the most bizarre story comes from Ben Easter, who played Ashley Olsen's love interest in 2001's Holiday in the Sun (which, as a side note, also starred a young Megan Fox). At the time, the actor was 22-years-old, but he looked quite young for his age. This was a good thing when it came to acting opposite the twins, however, it became more of an issue, at least for him, when he had to kiss 15-year-old Ashley on screen.
I remember being a little bit nervous for our kissing scene because I was thinking, 'Oh my God, she is my brother's age and I'm kissing a girl that's my brother's age.' And [Ashley] was so generous, even as an actress. I remember she grabbed my hand and was like, 'Hey, do you want to practice really quick?' And I was like, 'Oh my God, yes please.' Because I was nervous too. I was 22, kissing a 15-year-old, which sounds awful but it's professional. We went around the fountain and we just sat there and kissed. And I was like, 'Wow, she was such a good kisser, such a good kisser.' And it totally broke the ice. We went back, they called us, and I remember we started kissing and the director Steve was like, 'Cut --- you guys, it was a little bit too intense.' And I remember Mary-Kate was sitting right there in front of us, laughing.
One of the reasons this actually doesn't come across as incredibly creepy is that learning about the Olsen twins at that age, it doesn't sound like a couple of 15-year-olds. They were already running a media empire by this point, they weren't just along for the ride, they were driving this train. When Ben Easter says "it's professional" we don't think he's just trying to justify it, he's actually serious. Check out a clip from Holiday in the Sun:
While the twins have received a bad rap recently due to their lack of interest in appearing in Fuller House, all of their former co-stars have nothing but good things to say about the Olsens and their experience working with them all those years ago. So who has a VHS cabinet full of Olsen twin movies? We won't judge.