'Big Daddy' twins growing up fast
Dylan and Cole Sprouse aren’t afraid of the paparazzi.“We had our first experience with them the other day at a chili cook-off in Malibu, but it’s not that common,” says Dylan. “If you just go out and have fun and ignore the paparazzi, they can’t do anything to you.” It’s probably no surprise these 15-year-old brothers feel so at ease in front of the lens. They’ve been at it nearly as long as they’ve been alive — the twins were sharing the role of Brett Butler’s baby on “Grace Under Fire” even before they’d reached their first birthday. Film and television roles followed, including being cast as the child Adam Sandler adopts in “Big Daddy” and working alongside Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron in “The Astronaut’s Wife.” But it was the Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” that made the twins featured players in the lucrative tween heartthrob market. And the brothers don’t take that success lightly. “My brother and I have really worked hard, and we don’t take anything for granted because in this business, anything could change so drastically at any moment,” says Cole. “Our dad tells us not to get a big head all the time.” The Sprouse brothers are now hoping to develop their brand in many of the same ways as the biz’s most famous young twins. “We’re doing very similar ideas in terms of our business, and we’ve partnered with the Olsen twins to do that,” Dylan explains. That partnership with the Olsens’ Dualstar includes everything from a clothing line to books to DVDs — even deodorant. And the comparison with the girls doesn’t bother these boys at all. “They’ve done extremely well and been extremely successful,” says Cole. “Doing as well as they’ve done with everything would be legendary.” Recent breakthrough: Partnered with the Olsen twins’ company, Dualstar, to better manage their potential. Role model: “We’d both love to go down the same path as Will Ferrell,” says Dylan. “Our favorite movie of his is ‘Anchorman’ because it’s just so hilarious.” What’s next: With Dualstar onboard, the Sprouse Bros. brand is just now starting to take off.
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