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Author: Becca Roth & Lani Harms

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Hosts Becca Roth and Lani Harms revisit their childhood obsessions with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, analyzing their work, examining their impact on pop culture, and talking with the people who worked with them. It's the deep dive you've always wanted and the recognition the Olsen Twins always deserved.

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Continuing our trend of talking to people the internet introduced us to, our guest today is a fellow millennial content creator whose viral Mary-Kate and Ashley-related videos constantly pop up on our feeds. When we reached out to her, we learned that she also listens to our podcast, and we felt like we found our long lost doppelgänger at summer camp. We are so thrilled to be joined today by Mary-Kate and Ashley superfan and TikTok/Instagram influencer Madeleine Byrne!We ask Madeleine how she...
A few episodes ago, we talked about Mary-Kate and Ashley’s visit to TRL in 2004 to promote their upcoming film, New York Minute. In that TRL appearance, they were interviewed by a VJ who thought a picture they were in with Robert DeNiro was creepy. We were very confused by this, so we found that VJ on Instagram to get to the bottom of the story, which is why today we are joined by TRL VJ himself, Damien Fahey!We talk to Damien about how he became a VJ on MTV at such a young age, what made him...
New York Minute: Part 2

New York Minute: Part 2

2024-05-1401:42:09

This is it. The final episode of our final two-part review of a film starring Mary-Kate and Ashley. This journey has gone faster than a New York Minute.Today we finish our review of the second half of the film and get a little bit deeper into how we felt about it. We unfortunately have to address the incredible misstep of Andy Richter's entire character, the uselessness of both Mary-Kate and Ashley's "love" interests, the awkwardness of the House of Bling, the incredibly well acted yet ...
New York Minute: Part 1

New York Minute: Part 1

2024-05-0702:07:45

We can't believe we're finally here. Our final Mary-Kate and Ashley movie review. And just like we suspected: it's a two part episode.On May 7th, 2004 (exactly 20 years ago today), Mary-Kate and Ashley's final film together, New York Minute, was released in theaters. The movie had an impressive cast including Eugene Levy, Andy Richter, Jared Padalecki, Andrea Martin, Darrell Hammond, and the most 2004 cast member of all: Jack Osbourne. The movie follows Jane Ryan (Ashley) and her twin s...
On Saturday, May 15th, 2004, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had a decision to make: they could either attend their senior prom or host the season finale of Saturday Night Live. As you probably guessed, they chose SNL.And as a consolation for missing their high school prom, Jimmy Fallon, Will Forte, Maya Rudolf, and Amy Poehler gave Mary-Kate and Ashley a miniature prom during their 5 minute monologue on the stage of Studio 8H. The rest of the night featured Mary-Kate and Ashley playing paparazzi,...
The Countdown to 18

The Countdown to 18

2024-04-1601:31:11

We're counting down the days to New York Minute's 20th anniversary, but before we get there, we have to talk about another countdown that is unfortunately a touchstone of this era in Mary-Kate and Ashley's careers: the countdown to their 18th birthday.During the press tour for New York Minute in 2004, which opened just one month before the girls turned 18, the media became fascinated with a new trend of websites dedicated entirely to counting down the days, hours, minutes & seconds to whe...
Today we reckon with one of the most infamous Mary-Kate and Ashley interviews of all time. On April 28th, 2004, Oprah invited Mary-Kate and Ashley onto The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss their upcoming film New York Minute, to ask about their plans after graduation, and to address the rumors that had been hounding them in the tabloids. And it's that last point that made this interview infamous. While Mary-Kate and Ashley calmly tried to cool the temperature on the tabloids' relentless sp...
The countdown to New York Minute continues! And today, we're examining all the late night interviews and talk show appearances that Mary-Kate and Ashley did to promote their action comedy feature, New York Minute (excluding their appearance on Oprah, that will be its whole own episode). Many of these interviews happened just days apart, but watching them all in sequence feels like watching a lifetime go by. In their first interview with Letterman, they're poised, well trained, and eager ...
We are officially on the road to New York Minute! In our next few episodes, we will cover the press & publicity tour that Mary-Kate and Ashley went on in 2004 ahead of their much anticipated theatrical release, New York Minute. And our first stop is the press that Mary-Kate, Ashley and their team didn't have much control over: the tabloids. In 2004, celebrity gossip magazines were at the peak of their popularity and ruthlessness: Britney Spears was dating Kevin Federline, Brad Pitt and Je...
On April 29th, 2004, at 17 years old, Mary-Kate and Ashley received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And on February 14th, 2024, two thirty-somethings, Lani and Becca, finally visited it.Since Lani and Becca both live in Los Angeles and had somehow never gone to see the Olsen's star, we decided there was no better time than now for our podcast's first field trip. Located on 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, their star is in the primest of prime locations, on the same block as the TCL Chinese The...
Subscriber-only episodeLast month, we received an email from our former podcast guest Deborah Dean Davis (screenwriter of It Takes Two) with the most amazing message:"After alllllllllllllllll these years I took down the It Takes Two film poster..........(sharp intake of breath) and PUT UP A NEW POSTER! The poster... the first poster got a little bit faded. It's still in the massive frame, etc. And you are the only people on the planet I would offer it to."We were tickled beyond belief, so we ...
Welcome to our first interview of 2024! Today we talk with Viviana Rosales Olen and Matt Harkins, the creators of THNK1994 and the masterminds behind the "Olsens Hiding from Paparazzi" museum and the Mary-Kate and Ash Tray.Viviana and Matt tell us about how THNK1994 was first started with a museum in the hallway of their apartment and has blossomed into an experimental pop culture empire. Their second exhibit in 2016, "The Olsens Hiding From Paparazzi," featured paintings by Laura...
Subscriber-only episodeWe are SO excited to share our very first subscriber bonus episode with you! In this bonus series, we will be discussing Mary-Kate and Ashley adjacent, feminine-centric pop culture of the '00s. And we're starting with the film that defined the "Pink movie" genre for the past two decades: Mean Girls.Becca and Lani saw Mean Girls 2024 together this month, and as we stood by the fountain outside the The Grove AMC in Los Angeles discussing what we liked and didn't like abou...
In July 2003, Vanity Fair, whether intentionally or not, put together the most monumental photoshoot in history. A photoshoot like nothing that had ever been done before and, dare we say, could never be done again. A photoshoot so deeply iconic, every pop culture loving person still knows 20 years later: "It's Totally Raining Teens."On that fateful day in 2003, Amanda Bynes, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven, Lindsay Lohan, and our gals Mary-Kate and Ashle...
We can finally say it-- HAPPY NEW YEAR! We didn't intend for this to be a 2 part episode, but you know ur girls. We can never have a short conversation ;)So as promised, the remaining questions and long anticipated voice mails are answered in this episode! This episode was the most perfect way for us to end last year and start the new one, and we hope it leaves you feeling inspired & motivated as we rev up our engines for 2024.Love you all so much!!!You can watch the video version of this...
It’s the most wonderful time of the year— it’s our end of year Q&A! Last week, we collected questions from you— our listeners, Patreon subscribers, Instagram followers, etc, about topics ranging from our favorite Mary-Kate and Ashley dads to what has been the greatest lesson we’ve learned since starting our podcast.We absolutely love doing these episodes, and this year, your questions were really something special. So special we couldn’t them all in one episode. Classic us. Please enjoy t...
"You know, anonymity is a luxury as well.” - Mary-Kate Olsen, 2023On Nov 17th, 2023 (that's right THIS year, just a few weeks ago) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sat down for an extremely rare interview with Financial Times Fashion to discuss their brand The Row and the meaning of "stealth wealth." We so rarely get a peak into Mary-Kate and Ashley's lives these days, let alone a whole snippet of a conversation between the two of them, so we jumped at the chance to do a whole episode on this artic...
The Challenge, Part 2

The Challenge, Part 2

2023-11-2801:19:33

Today, we conclude our conversation about Mary-Kate and Ashley's final direct to video film, The Challenge (2003).And if you know this movie, you know that the ending is what makes this film a piece of magic. Both Lani and Becca had parts of the surprise ending spoiled for them, so we thought we were prepared, but we absolutely weren't. We even thought we were prepared to talk about the ending, but we absolutely were not. So we cry as we talk about how Mary-Kate and Ashley knew this was their...
The Challenge, Part 1

The Challenge, Part 1

2023-11-1401:36:01

On May 3rd, 2003, Mary-Kate and Ashley released their last direct-to-video film, The Challenge, marking the end of an era. Yes, the sisters would go on to star in New York Minute a year later, but that would get a theatrical release, have much higher stakes, and was generally completely different.Starting with the release of Billboard Dad in 1998, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, with their manager Robert Thorne and their company Dualstar, carved out a niche in low budget direct-to-video films for...
Happy Halloween! In celebration of our favorite holiday, we're playing for you the ENTIRE Halloween episode of Two of a Kind: Nightmare on Carrie Street (ep 6).Yes, this show was meant to be watched, but we think it actually works quite well as a little audio drama. We hope you enjoy the flawless writing and impeccable performances in this timeless show that is actually the best sitcom ever made.You can also watch the video version of this ep by subscribing to our Patreon here."Nightmare on C...
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