Just hear me out before you scream "No way, José!"
I'm a huge fan of Full House and also one of those people who watches the show whenever it's on Nickelodeon. Thank you syndication! So when Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen chose not to reprise the role of Michelle Tanner — a part that undoubtedly transformed them into stars — I was totally bummed. Like, who would carry the pressure of being the cutest person on the show? Why couldn't the Olsen twins just suck it up and make a quick cameo? Or simply lend their voices for a quick phone call with D.J. and Stephanie?
Although Fuller House is a totally satisfying show, Michelle's absence is like an unavoidable, dark cloud. Since Mary-Kate and Ashley have gained incredible success as fashion designers and they truly don't have any interest in acting, why not recast Michelle? It won't be an easy endeavor, but it's definitely possible.
Here are 10 actresses who could play Michelle Tanner in Season 2 of Fuller House.
1. Britt Robertson
After making waves as Steve Carell's daughter in Dan in Real Life, Britt Robertson has starred in movies like The Longest Ride (based on Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same name) and Tomorrowland (opposite George Clooney). Robertson also had lead roles on three short-lived TV shows: Life Unexpected, The Secret Circle, and Under the Dome. Undoubtedly, she's got the looks, the talent, and all the sass!
2. Emily VanCamp
After starring on shows like Everwood, Brothers & Sisters, and Revenge, Emily VanCamp certainly knows what it takes to make a successful TV show. She can be bubbly, serious, and totally bad ass so it would be interesting to see what kind of flavor VanCamp would bring to the role of Michelle Tanner.
3. Madeline Zima
Like the Olsen twins, Madeline Zima knows a thing or two about being a child star. She first gained success for her portrayal of Grace Sheffield on The Nanny. Zima still has the cute factor down, but don't underestimate her talent. To prove her versatility, she took more grown-up roles on TV shows like Heroes and Californication.
4. Larisa Oleynik
If you're seeking a genuine '90s darling, then look no further! Larisa Oleynick first made it big on Nickelodeon's The Secret World of Alex Mack. You may also remember her from The Baby-Sitters Club and 10 Things I Hate About You.
5. Teresa Palmer
Michelle was both sweet and salty, and Teresa Palmer can bring just the right amount of flavor to Fuller House. Palmer has starred in a plethora of movies like The Sorcerer's Apprentice, I Am Number Four, Warm Bodies, and Triple 9.
6. Hilary Duff
As a former Disney star, Hilary Duff definitely evokes nostalgia for many people. Lizzie McGuire catapulted Duff into stardom, and she currently stars on TV Land's Younger. Plus, Duff has a serious passion for singing which means she could readily burst into a duet with Stephanie!
7. Analeigh Tipton
With her girl-next door attitude and infectious smile, Analeigh Tipton seems like a no-brainer for this role. She got her start on Cycle 11 of Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model. Tipton caught the acting bug shortly and has been on a roll since then. She's appeared in movies such as Warm Bodies, Lucy, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Tipton also had notable roles on shows like Hung and Manhattan Love Story.
8. Chloe Grace Moretz
Although 19-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz is on the younger side, she's also a very captivating performer. Moretz's wise beyond her years attitude would lend well to the role of Michelle Tanner. By the way, Moretz totally held her own against Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock and proved that she can more than handle the small screen.
9. Emily Osment
During her Disney Channel days, Emily Osment was better known as Hannah Montana's best friend, Lilly. Now you can find her on the munch raunchier Freeform sitcom Young & Hungry. Osment's spitfire energy and hilarious facial expressions definitely evoke shades of young Michelle tanner.
10. Tina Majorino
In the '90s, Tina Majorino was an adorable child actress who starred in movie likes When a Man Loves a Woman and Waterworld. In the '00s, she was featured in cult favorites such as Napoleon Dynamite and Veronica Mars. While Majorino may not be the conventional idea of adorable, she most certainly is a total sweetheart. Plus, she could act circles around the Olsen twins.